I remember an event when I was a very young child –
My family was visiting my great grandmother who lived in a state of the US that was densely forested land. We were visiting a lake and playing in the water and I remember not once but twice walking away from the shore and then no longer feeling the bottom of the lake. I was very young, could not swim and started struggling and gasping. I started to fight the water to no avail; I remember out of nowhere my oldest brother was there and grabbed me, took me and saved me.
I have never had a conversation with my oldest brother about this, but still to this day – I have some fear of the water.
For many years as a young child going on trips and when we would drive across a bridge over water, I would always fear the car would drive off and with no way out I would drown in the car.
I still today have some fear of the water. I have a swimming pool with the deepest part 5 ½ feet, but I do not like to swim under the water and certainly will not open my eyes under water. If I am in a pool that has a deep end, I will not go there; I must feel the bottom of the pool. I have in my younger days; gone water skiing, but do not like not being able to see in the water. I like the ocean, but never swim in the ocean, I rarely ride on boats and still today, when crossing a bridge over water – I have some fear the car will drive off and with no way out I will drown in the car.
I guess I have a mild case of Aquaphobia – the fear of water. In the article ‘Fear of Water Phobia’ on the fearof.net website it describes one cause of Aquaphobia –
The roots of this phobia can be traced to prior traumatic incidents with water, where one might have almost drowned, or was pushed into a water body as a prank, or fallen off a boat or deck. One might even have witnessed a traumatic event such as the drowning or death of a loved one in water.
Many years ago I went on a cruise and it took all my strength to go snorkeling – and this was in shallow water. There is no way I could scuba dive, the thought of breathing in a mask and being enclosed by water scares the heck out of me.
My worst fear of dying is it will occur by drowning, so to a certain extent I avoid certain situations with water.
I drink lots of water, I shower in water, I water my plants, I like rain, I like the sounds of water fountains and water falls – but I have a small fear of water.