I am not a swimmer. A near-drowning at the tender age of 5 permanently instilled in me a fear of water over my head.
But still the lure of coral, breathtakingly colored fish and giant sea turtles steeled my resolve to get in the warm Hawaiian waters with fins, goggles…and a PFD! Buoyed by a smart-fitting life jacket bought before departing for Kauai, I watched from Poipu Beach as people of all ages and abilities snorkeled around and surfaced, exclaiming of the wonders they beheld below. My husband was among them; I’d told him to go on and participate and I’d “think about it.”
Sometimes that’s how it is with me – I have to arrive at a decision on my own time. Pretty soon I’d geared up in my virgin K-Mart snorkel set, braved the small waves and started floating around with everyone else. Immediately, yellow tang were everywhere! I kicked and floated out farther and could not believe my eyes. I was rewarded with a 3’ trumpet fish almost immediately.
Snorkeling is a lovely addiction and I am a proud addict!