Posted by: Big_D on Aug-06-10 9:00 AM (EST)
Have someone keeping an eye on you. It wouldn't do to bonk your head on the side of the pool and no one know.
Try it a few times in just a swim suit, but once you get comfortable flipping yourself over, try it with your full paddling outfit on.
I have put on my waders, my dry top, my PFD, my shoes, and tried to swim in a controlled environment. It's not easy, but now I have the confidence that my waders won't leak and fill up (I use waist high and interlace them with the tunnel on my dry top) and that my PFD will do it's job and keep me afloat. At one point, I discovered that if I held onto my paddle that I can "assume the position" (feet first, head upstream) and use the paddle to move myself through using my PFD as the boat. It feels funny but it gets me where I needed to go. Probably wouldn't work in rough water. But you learn a lot. So do it.
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