Never swim alone?
when it comes to open water swimming, I have often heard that one should "never" swim alone. Very good advice, but also very hard for me to follow. Even in familiar waters, I am reluctant to set off on my own unless there are lifeguards on duty. If I were to get one of those orange buoys, the temptation to go it alone would be even greater. Before I fully understood the dangers, I used to disappear for long periods, leaving my family on the beach wondering when they might see me again. One other swimmer told me the story of the time his wife actually called out the local police to start a search. Now, there are just too many "what ifs" - cramps, jellyfish, heart attack .... On this board I see many posts of wonderful swims that sound like they were done without anyone close by to help if anything went wrong. Although I would love to set my own schedule and swim in the ocean whenever I want, I just can't justify the risk even if that means not going at all.