I fix my eyes on the ceiling and watch as the pale blue panels sail by. My mind is far below.
Thats it move both your legs, good; keep moving your left one
Slowly. Slower. Don't forget to breathe
A wave like grin crosses my face as my left leg, like a flipper takes it lead from my right
OK. when you are ready, deep breath in...
I inhale as I repeat Bill's mantra in my head;
Tip your head forward, sweep your arms through the water, knees up, bring your left knee up, concentrate, push your bum back..keep your arms forward. Slowly I switch from lying on my back to upright.
The bottom of the pool is now as deep as the sea, I have passed the safety of the green bollard.
I lean forward, stretch my arms out and like a slow motion movie, switch to breast stroke. I float like a buoy it must be the extra air in my head...
I would punch the air with delight but my arms are busy propelling me back towards the shallow end.
OK lets go again, Bill says...
...I walk on air as I hug my sense of control close to my chest and leave my comfort zone flapping in the pool...