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Guest post: Sam (the other Sam) rows for years and finally falls in and finds out it’s not so bad after all

Today after 3 years of recreational rowing. I finally fell in. I am surprised it took this long. This was also the first time, I have rowed with both a hat and sunglasses. Until today I had avoided taking anything more than water in the boat, specifically because I might fall in. Ironically, this morning I thought "you're not going to flip". Thankfully hat and glasses are fine. If you had to fall in today was the day to do it! Toronto is hot. I am not sure my running shoes appreciate the dip. I fell with full audience. I appreciate how helpful everyone was. It was surprising, but not traumatic, I credit that to those around me and the folks on the dock. I was able to get back in and still have a great row. The water was super calm. I can't even blame the water. Interestingly, my father used to do open water rescues; he mentioned that people don't drown because they can't swim, but the shock of falling in usually makes them panic or they swallow water and can't get air. His advice was not to panic and tread water or hang on to the boat. Today was not dramatic at all but I can totally see why folks would panic falling in. #realrowernow #row #toronto #torontolife #adaptivesports #disabledsports

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Sam is a recreational rower and sociologist.

One thought on “Guest post: Sam (the other Sam) rows for years and finally falls in and finds out it’s not so bad after all

  1. Yeah, the first time I fell in sculling it happened so fast I almost didn’t realize I was in the water until I was all “hey, why is it so dark and cold all of a sudden oh I fell in well that’s not good.” (I had been trying to turn the boat around and did something just wrong enough that the whole contraption turned into a floating ejector seat. Both I and the boat were fine.)

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