by Mario on July 28, 2011
in Boating Safety,Water Safety
Hello MCL -
I can relate to your childhood trauma. At five yrs. of age, I was at the beach with my aunt and uncle, waded into the ocean when a big wave knocked me under with the undertow. I had swallowed a lot of salty water and was desperately trashing around trying to get my feet under me to stand, but, couldn’t – the waves kept knocking me over. I was terrified and feeling hopeless, wondering if I was going to drown, when my uncle finally in the nick of time realized that I was in trouble and picked me up, turned me upside down to empty the water out of my lungs.. I didn’t get any empathy either. It was as though – Oh well! And, don’t be such a sissy or baby. Those words were as piercing toxic darts to my heart. My chest ached from swallowing so much ocean water. Then years later, I had to pass our high school graduation requirement swim test or go to swim classes to prepare for the test, my water anxiety was a problem due to fear and the trauma and it took a long time to pass the swim test.
This story is getting my dander up – making me MAD. I empathize with you! This world has some very mean people!! Those people, especially those nasty instructors ought to be sued for causing you emotional, mental abuse. I wish I sued the harassing savages who tormented me causing me neuroses.
Hi Gene -
Unfortunately, traumas can tend to linger on to varying degrees.
Talk-it-out therapy with a mature and empathetic counselor/ therapist for post traumatic stress disorder can help reduce the intensity of the traumas. Net-working for a good counselor/therapist I found to be the first obstacle, then the help in gaining perspective on one’s terrifying experience and reducing its impact. — Hopefully, it will.
if I could sue, then i would be rich because the problem is that once you are the subject of bulying, you are a target for life–and my first pick for legal suit would be the arrogance and hypocrisy of religious organizations, not some macho swim teacher who has his head sewed on backwars and can’t see much but his butt.
yup, but my experience wasnt in HS, but at college an as I was registered and paying for th course, I stayed in it until nearly deadline to withdraw because the bullying was unreal. Taunting somebody is not way of instruction-it is way of bullying and such teachers regardless of where they are in university or HS or elementary school ought to be immediately warned and then discharged with no pay. They are taking up the space of good teachers needing work–and the problem generally is or was, you can’t sue or file a complaint.
that’s totally crazy… and a swim test for graduation? now that’s really a crazy requirement. you’re supposed to float through on your marks not on your back. man, US education has really gone down drain.
Pingback: Drowning doesn’t look like drowning… Please read! | Kimberley Sullivan's Blog
Previous post: Cecily Tynan’s Report on Childhood Drowning Prevention
Next post: Boy Brought Back After Drowning