Her boyfriend was lucky he was drunk and stayed onshore.
I used to as a tot, now I only go in to my knees. I also don't want any nasty water touching my man-cooch.
Even something rubbing up past me is too much for this dear heart.
I would never swim in the ocean at night. No problem during the daylight though.
I won't swim in the ocean but I'll scuba dive. I know - it doesn't make sense. I feel more in control if I'm underwater and can see what's around me. If I'm just swimming, I'm afraid of what is below me.
Hell yeah! I was a kid when I first saw JAWS and it scarred me for life.
I'm not a strong enough swimmer to swim in the ocean.
Grew up near the Jersey shore - and have no problems swimming in the ocean.
Now I live in the Midwest - and being out at night in rural areas surrounded by crop fields scares the hell out of me.
I'm not sure what is living in those fields and I have no intention of finding out.
As my BF points out - some people lock their car doors and roll up the windows when they drive through a bad neighborhood but I roll up my window and locks the doors when we we drive by a farm.
I'm terrified of the ocean. I'm not a confident swimmer and the coast here on Long Island is rough. I only go to my ankles. I can swim in tranquil water but if a wave crashed over me I would panic, and that's ok, it's not for everyone.
I used to enjoying swimming in the Gulf, it's so warm but I haven't been swimming there in years. Sharks!
Well, if it's You vs. the Ocean- who do you think will win?
"Now I live in the Midwest - and being out at night in rural areas surrounded by crop fields scares the hell out of me.
I'm not sure what is living in those fields and I have no intention of finding out."
We are, r11.
I used to be fearless about nearly everything when I was young(er) and stupid(er). I now know more about what can happen and I'm turning into a fraidy cat.
I think I'll start to take more risks so I don't turn into an old man too soon.
I'm afraid to swim in any body of water that isn't lifeless.
Jaws ruined my ocean or any water except a swimming pool.
r12: A few years ago I was almost swept out in an undertow on Fire Island. I'm a good swimmer and I was scared shitless. The only way I survived was gripping the gravel and crawling up to land on my belly. I was a bloody cut up mess but I am alive.
I fear the ocean but it's primarily because the water is so polluted. I also fear the ocean at night, the dark water freaks me out. I can't go to the beach at night.
How far from the shore were you, r19?
Lord. I grew up LA and swam in the ocean all the time. Surfed. Still do. The chances of anything brushing up against you are ridiculously small, let alone a shark.
Too many horrifying creatures in there, and cold water
Can you explain what it was like R12? I've always heard about the word undertows but I don't think I know anyone who was involved in on.
R15 - exactly.
You guys were never near the shore.
Never in the ocean, it is infested with poor people.
I've been caught in an undertow that was very close to shore. All of a sudden you lose the bottom and the only way you can get out of it is by swimming across it. But I didn't know that then and I was getting tossed close to shore by the giant waves (also on Fire Island), and then sucked out again. I remember saying Help to one guy who was no more than five feet away from me, and standing up. He looked at me and said, "What?" but I slid right by. Finally a giant wave deposited me on the shore. I felt like I was gonna die.
"All of a sudden you lose the bottom and the only way you can get out of it is by swimming across it."
Can you clarify what you mean by "swimming across it", as now I am afraid of this happening to me and I want to be prepared?
Avid swimmer here with a strong preference for the ocean over a lake.
A small shark can bite a chunk out of your leg even in knee-deep water. Shark bite are one of the few horrors in life that are 100% preventable. So no, I do not wade into the ocean.
I was body surfing in La Jolla and got caught up in a wave and came close to crashing into the rocks. That scared me. Then I came close to drowning in a swimming pool because I dislocated my shoulder. Then I was body surfing near Newport Rhode Island and once again got caught up in a wave that scared me. I guess I am just a pussy.
When those long seaweed vines creep up and start caressing my legs my heart just about stops. Yech!
Stella Maris, r30!
I've actually encounters more fish and other debris bumping into me while swimming in a lake.
I almost died in Hawaii once. I was out an outcropping of lava rocks watching some giant sea turtles when a series of very large waves came in. I couldn't get off the rocks fast enough, and the waves knocked me off the rocks & into the ocean, then bashed me back against the lava rocks, then pulled me back out, then bashed me back in...lather, rinse, repeat. By the time I managed to get out I was all cut up & my fingernails were all mangled from trying to grab on to the sharp rocks. At least the sea turtles didn't bite me.
Oh! And another time I was face-to-face with a barracuda while snorkeling in the Bahamas. I GTFO of there so fast. On that same trip (possibly even the same day, I can't recall) a young boy at our hotel got his leg bit by a barracuda!
Ouch, R35. Sounds painful.
I live very close to the beach, Gulf of Mexico. I've been brushed up on by, God knows what. I go in hip deep, which can be far out in the Gulf, but I stay close to shore. My son has been stung by jellyfish, and once, while swimming we were surrounded by billions of tiny silvery ones, it was beyond beautiful. Now I'd get out, as there's a good chance of predators being around for the feast, but at the time it didn't occur to us.
The only way I'd do it is if Ciaran went with me in the water
I honestly don't know, r21. But I remember looking around me and seeing NO ONE in the water.
I know exactly how you felt, r27. Just terrifying. Sorry you went through it.
sharks are dangerous of course, but squids are freaky! imagine one grabbing you and wrestling you with those poisonous tentacles, pulling you closer into the mouth with razor-sharp teeth. all that going on underwater.
I'm not afraid if it's a bay, I have this idea that both the waves and the marine life are much tamer in a bay. But a beach right on the vast open ocean, yeah. Jaws scarred me for life!
what about the radiation from Japan?
I'm like R5, love scuba diving, won't swim in the ocean. After scuba, knowing all the creatures that are right under your nose, it freaks me out not being able to see what's down there. I love scuba, though.
If I were R31 I think I'd avoid recreational activities involving water.
I love the water. I and the sharks have an agreement, however, that I stay out of their way and they stay out of mine. I won't break that agreement.
Do not worry you aren't the only one afraid. I was almost drown in CA. A wave hit me and knocked me down. I am still scared. So ill stick to the PUBLIC POOL!!!!!!! :D (derp face) XD
I saw jaws 1 year ago!!!!!! Who the **** made that!!!!!! It scared me to death!!!!
Sorry about the curse
[quote]While people can drown in any body of water, even a puddle, undertow itself is relatively harmless; the great majority of drownings near the beach happen because people get caught in a rip current which draws them out to sea, and they are either poor swimmers or do not understand how to get free from a rip current.
What are you, 12, R40/50?
(BTW how do I post a thread? I'm lost)
[quote]sharks are dangerous of course, but squids are freaky! imagine one grabbing you and wrestling you with those poisonous tentacles, pulling you closer into the mouth with razor-sharp teeth. all that going on underwater.
Yeah, and just think about all of those squid attacks which go unreported!
I'm pretty sure R27 was caught in a rip current.
Afaik, undertows like to suck you down so that you drown. Rip currents pull you sideways, and usually out to sea.
Has Sharknado taught you nothing R30?
400 lb. giant squid washes up on shore in Spain this week. Photo attached. Calamari at 6 pm.
[quote]Can you clarify what you mean by "swimming across it", as now I am afraid of this happening to me and I want to be prepared?
Basically, swim parallel to the shoreline until you're out of it. Don't try to swim toward the shore, or it'll pull you down.
So if that's how you get free from an undertow, how do you get free from a rip current?
[quote]400 lb. giant squid washes up on shore in Spain this week. Photo attached. Calamari at 6 pm.
Aww, it looks sad.
Oceans are a great place for sex, but I'd never do it at night.
I've snorkeled at the Great Barrier Reef. Had to wear a very light fabric full body suit (including head, hands, and feet) in case a jellyfish brushed you. Nasty venomous Australian jellyfish. Only your face was exposed, and most of that was covered by your mask. Shark and barracuda were swimming below us. Our guide dismissed them telling us "No worries, they're nocturnal. No interest in you right now." Don't know if I believed her, but it did help fight off my panic attack.
The water's usually too cold on the West Coast, but I'll swim when I travel to warmer areas, like Hawaii or the Caribbean. The other extreme was the Red Sea off the coast of Saudi Arabia-- that was the only place I've swum where the water was too hot! (No, I'm not Goldilocks.)
I had a friend who loved to swim in the ocean.
WOW most of your horror stories are what makes it a good day in the water for me. Coming up bloody and disoriented from being hit by a couple of big waves is my idea of a great time. I love fighting the big waves and undertow. It's a great feeling to overcome such forces of nature. I am in the water for hours every day during the summer and quite despondent during the winter months when I can't. I'm monitoring the surf forecast right now to see if it will be worth the drive to catch a few waves this afternoon.
[quote]The only way I'd do it is if Ciaran went with me in the water
Anytime, R39, I'm a certified lifeguard.
The last time a shark bit me it ended up at Betty Ford.
[quote]So if that's how you get free from an undertow, how do you get free from a rip current?
Ciaran, do you look anything like Sam Elliot? Also, tell us about your cock if you have a few minutes.
The ocean's fine with me, NP at all. Made the mistake of rope-swinging into a lake at a family reunion years ago. Surfaced, and all I could feel was the below-water vegetation. Made my body feel all weird, it was like slimy fingers wrapping around me. Yuck!!! Freaked me out so much I vomited. What a horrible experience.
Tis a thing of beauty, R68, but I do not look anything like Sam Elliot.