I was 19 when I was pulled by a current off the Long Island coast. Scared, I tried to stay calm, float parallel to the beach, and, above all, not waste energy struggling to fight the current. “Just keep your head above the water” my instincts told me.
Instincts can make mistakes but they aren’t liars. And, although I eventually arrived safely on shore, the fear of deep water has never left me.
Note: “Thalassophobia” is the fear of deep water. The term comes from the Greek “thalassa” (sea) and “fobos” (fear).