Swedes (who swim in lakes, rivers, the sea, at night – you name it) always think I am really weird because I do not go into water where things live, and I don’t go into swimming pools at night. Ever. I am afraid. I hate it. Just the thought of other things swimming in there freaks me out.
I am a really good swimmer – I used to swim competitive butterfly until my early twenties, and I trained as a lifesaver at school, where we had to do sea rescues. I am happy on boats, big and small. But I have never liked being out of my depth in the sea (probably because I grew up in shark territory so we were taught from when we were very small to look at the flags, check with the lifesavers how the nets/bubbles are etc etc) or in rivers and lake. I also don’t like regular swimming pools when it is dark because I cannot see what is down there.
Where I come from certain rivers and lakes contain bilharzia, which I would not want – ever. So that is an extra component into what is not exactly a phobia but more a deep fear.
Swedes though – where there is water, they are swimming!
Do I sound like a weirdo?