Archive for July, 2006
More than swimming I love to make big splashes from diving boards. My favorite dive is the “watermelon”, it’s a face 1st cannonball and with just the right amount of spin it results in a nice splash.
The problem with this dive as I just recently discovered is that it is pretty dangerous in small pools. I know because I have a handful of stitches in my head now after hitting bottom in a relative’s pool. I’ve been spoiled by my large neighborhood pool and I launch way off the board for dramatic effect. In a small poll this sealed my doom; I slammed into the part of the pool where the deep end slopes up to the shallow end.
As my head hit bottom and I thought “oh god, that was stupid and now I’m going to be paralyzed for life”. Fortunately I was not knocked out so I swam out of the pool and looked for help. This was pretty upsetting for my 4 year old daughter, whom I was trying to splash, as I came up pretty bloody. But at least I didn’t float to the top unconscious and I’m glad that I’m still walking.
Of course now I remember being told several times as a child to always dive straight down in a pool but the huge diving well in the neighborhood pool washed that lesson our of my head. Unfortunately that lesson is now literally stitched into my head.
I’m looking foward to getting the stiches out of my head this week as I am not allowed to get my head wet and a week without washing my hair has been gross to say the least.