Treading water  

ByteChaser2 54M
2834 posts
12/26/2005 1:57 pm

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Treading water

ok... so Imma tread a little water here and see can I come up with something good for a 200th post. You didn't notice? Oh yeah... the big 200 is right after this one!

I know, I cant believe it either. Especially considering all the slackin I've been doing this past month or so. It's been a funny month. Thats all I'm sayin. No excuses of alien anal probes or terrorist plots to randomly delete my offerings to you all...

Anyway, since I'm treading water here... how about another "No shit dude... I was there!" story? Yeah? COOL!

It must have been somewhere around early summer in the late 80's. I'd been sent to a Water Survival Instructors course, given that I'd been a certified lifeguard in my former life and my propensity to spend every spare moment doing laps or boogie boarding at the beach, I'd been a logical choice for the training. A bonafide amphibian I was...

So I'm in this course, at the training tank in the third week or so. We're into one of the weekly tests. This one an hour long excursion into a shipwreck scenario. We were to tread water, in full uniform, fire hoses spraying us from above, deck furniture and other debris floating all around... Our instructors in SCUBA below, randomly grabbing legs and pulling people under.

Survive. Thats all we had to do. Just make it through the hour any way we could so long as we didn't quit.

And the point of it all? This'll kill ya. The whole point of this "test" wasn't to measure our skill or to assess what we'd learned thus far. It wasn't really even a test.

It was so we'd know exactly what panic feels like. People trained in and skilled at rescue sometimes loose touch with whats going through a "victims" mind. It's sheer and complete panic. Nothing more, nothing less. Just the genetic need to survive.

We were being taught, not tested. And we learned to seek first to understand, then to be understood.

I think there are a few of us out here who could benefit from this lesson... Don't you think?

rm_sj365 57F
2414 posts
12/26/2005 5:40 pm

you needed a specific lesson to know what panic feels like? what? ya never drove on the freeway?
nice post...really good

ByteChaser2 54M

12/26/2005 5:56 pm

back then I did baby. I need lessons all the time. The obvious eludes me

digdug41 50M

12/26/2005 6:52 pm

I like that byte to understand rather than understood something I am doing everyday

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ByteChaser2 54M

12/26/2005 7:34 pm

Yeah but dig, here's the thing... You HAVE to understand from both sides of the situation... Once you understand whats going on with the other person, you can kind of adjust and tailor your own understanding.

And here's the best part... It's like this big spiral loop. You understand them, they see it, they get into their comfort zone with you and they start understanding you and on and on...

It's a truely beautiful thing really.

slidein2meplz 63F
1994 posts
12/27/2005 12:40 am

Byte.. I was a certified lifegaurd from the time I was 18 - 21 until I was 5 months pregnant with my daughter. We didn't have that kind of training as you mentioned, but one thing we did have to do was wear our street clothes (w/bathing suit underneath of course) including socks and shoes... and we had to learn how to disrobe in the water... as fast as we could so that the weight of the clothes didn't prevent us from being able to get to a victim quicker... we had to learn how to "jump" in the water and not let our heads go under so we kept a visual on the victim at all times...and we had to dive off of the life guard tower into the shallow end... now that was scary... we all did it one hit the bottom. lol.

In those 3 years plus a few months the only person I ever saved was my youngest brother 3 times... twice on my own...and the 3rd time was a joint save with my dad in the ocean in Mexico/Rocky Point.

I remember being instructed about how to handle panic...but I think the way you all learned it probably was more effective.

~~~ Just me, poppin to say HI! ~~

ByteChaser2 54M

12/27/2005 1:20 pm

Hiya slide. If your feeling up to a challenge... or just want to get a little taste... try holding your hands behind your back and crossing your feet in the deep end some time. It's not quite the same but you'll get the point.


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