I took the Life Guard swim class at the Hughson pool. I don’t remember much of the class but I do remember we had to go to the bottom of the deep end of the pool and retrieve a "body." Of course the body wasn’t really a person. It was one hundred and fifty pounds of cinder blocks wrapped in a cloth.
I passed the 100 laps we had to swim. I passed the treading water for an hour. But I thought I would drown trying to rescue that body of bricks. Not passing that class was a real heart-breaker to me. I thought for sure I could do it but I couldn’t.