Swimming in the Sea
It’s Wednesday and during the holiday season most people don’t think about swim safety. Right now, thoughts have turned to casseroles and cookies, shopping and wrapping.
Let me divert your attention for a minute. Join me as we step onto the cruise ship from my debut novel, Come Back to Me. The romantic suspense is set on a cruise ship sailing around the Caribbean.
The sun blazes in a sky so blue it almost hurts your eyes. The air is warm, salty and invigorating and you can’t help drawing a deep breath. In the distance a bird arrows down into the water then shoots back toward the heavens, a hapless fish dangles from its beak.
The handrail of the pristine ship is teak and warm to the touch. It gleams in the afternoon sunshine. Below, waves lap at the side of the anchored ship. People disembark, some head out to shop, others amble toward the beach. You follow the beachgoers.
The sea water is crystalline and fish dart away as people begin to splash. There are shrieks of joy followed by laughter. Nearby, a line forms on a pier nearby polished so well, no one receives a splinter even when bare toes curl on the wood.
One after another, people jump from the pier. The water looks warm, and inviting. Do you jump of the pier?
Can you swim?
You think back to swim classes you took at the YMCA. The swim instructor not only helped you conquer your fear of the water, but encouraged you every step of the way as you learned the backstroke, the breaststroke and even your feeble attempt at the butterfly.
It didn’t matter to the Y that your family couldn’t afford the swim classes. Through their Open Doors program, you received the lessons you needed.
You can swim. Thanks to the staff and volunteers who helped run the classes that the Y holds all year round.
With a smile and a wave, you dive into the water.
To learn what classes are available and what else the Y does to help its community go to, http://www.ymca.net/.