Almost Drowning in my cousin's pool
I was five and visiting the cousins I didn't know existed in Florida. My cousins are a good 5-8 years older than me and invited me to go swimming with them in the backyard. I thought it was awesome and wished my parents had thought of putting a pool in our yard. Before I got in, my cousin gave me a great tip. She said "If you think you're drowning, just put your hand up in the air"
So I jump in the pool....on the deep end.
And I definately could not swim like a fish. In fact, I started to sink like a stone.
So I followed my cousin's advice and threw my hand up in the air... And somehow I didn't start floating or swimming at all. I was a little shocked that her wonderful idea didn't work.
So there I was, my hand was up and I was going down.
Eventually someone saved me. I think it was my dad. Thanks Dad!