I had become a very good swimmer by spending so much time at the pool and the beach. I was especially good at swimming long distances underwater. I was able to hold my breathe for a long time and could easily swim the width of the Olympic sized pool underwater.
I joined the swim team on the base. Everyday, right after school, I would go directly to the pool, where I would swim. I had to demonstrate my abilities before joining the team by swimming thirty laps of the pool. Practice was swimming seventeen laps before we began the competition speed swimming. We had to be able to do every type of swimming stroke. I was best at the breast stroke.
I would swim, then go home and collapse. Sometime I would be so tired I wouldn't even eat dinner. I figured while I was out there swimming I might as well get my life guard certificate, so I worked and earned that too.
Swimming was my life.....until......I got swimmer's ear. I went to the doctor and was ordered not to swim for six months. I had to keep my ear dry all the time. I was in shock. My entire leisure life was at the pool. I had to ponder the situation for a few days, but I finally decided I would just go to the pool to socialize. And so, I became a fixture on the scene next to the swimming pool.