Day 3 – Swimming course continues….


Today is Saturday, August 8, 2009. The best part of today is that, I did not miss the morning class!

The morning batch was less crowded in contract to the evening one. There were around eight students in the morning batch, where as the count was 25+ for the evening batch. In summary, the amount of time the instructor dedicated per candidate in the morning batch was substantially huge in comparison with the evening one.

The instructor for the morning class was not the one who use to train us in the evening class. I was there at the swimming pool by 4:45 AM. Wow! that’s quite early!

It was chilling. I took a shower. The water was so cold that I started shivering after the shower. Next, I jumped into the swimming pool. The water felt a bit warmer since the shower water was colder than the water in the pool.

We had to walk along the width of the pool for five minutes, followed by some dips in the water. Next, we were asked to try floating our body on the surface utilizing the 0.5 inch diameter pipe fixed to one end of the swimming pool.

We were still in 5 feet area of the swimming pool. The max depth of the pool in which we are being trained is 15 feet. By the end of 21 days, we are supposed to swim across the pool starting from the shallow region (four feet) onto the other end of the pool (15 feet) and back.

Most of my counterparts were under-confident. They felt that they would not be able to make it to the 15 feet zone by the end of 21 days. But the trainer was confident. ‘The speed at which the students are learning in this batch is far better than the previous batch. I am sure you will learn swimming by the end of the course”, were his words. Ceasing the opportunity, he narrated a story about the previous batch where in which, at the end of the course, most of the students were unable to swim past 3 meters. They had created an invisible boundary around themselves due to lack of motivation and confidence. They always felt that they would not be able to cross more than three meters without sinking.

I remember a story of an Elephant related to the invisible boundary. Here goes the story.

The Elephant Calf is usually tied to substantially strong tree with a considerably rugged rope. It tries to get rid of it, tug it and cut it employing it’s teeth. When all the efforts fail, the Calf gives up, confining it’s movement to the length of the rope. Gradually, as the Calf grows older, it creates an invisible fence in it’s mind believing that it does not have the ability to break free from the rope. The Elephant care-taker, later replaces the tree with a small stake. The fully grown Elephant is fastened to that stake with the help of a rope. Though the Elephant is strong enough to set itself free, it does not. The confinement is indelibly stamped within the Elephant’s mind which stops the Elephant from trying to set itself free from the rope.

Back on track, we were asked to jump into the water like a professional swimmer and try floating. Most of us were unsuccessful during the initial attempts. After quite a few attempts, we started to float after each successful attempt.

This brought to the end the third day of training session. I had a shower and on my way back to home had a cup of hot tea. It’s always a priceless experience to consume hot beverage at low climate early in the morning.

Morale from Day 3:

Positive attitude is the only difference between a winner and the yet to be winner.

-Santhosh.

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