For those of you who thought I would never write about the water again ...HAH! ...
There had been an architecture book about swimming pools, called The Springboard in the Pond www.amazon.com/The-Sprin
, which laid down the law about the types of people who have differing relationships to the water .... he'd only talked about three:
Hydrophilic - Esstentially mermaid and merman wannabes; maybe even someone like Michael Phelps .. though generally their relationship to the water is more recereational in nature ... mostly including swimmers, snorkelers; and freedivers and scuba divers
Hydro-opportunistic - your garden variety boater, water-skiier (including barefoot skimmers), surfer, bodyboarder, paddleboarder, stand up paddleboarder--waiting for the water(s) to part, and/or provide them an opportunity to test their mettle
Hydrophobic - Those who stay away from the water, and/or use the water as an adjunct to land-activities: this includes water aerobicizers, water toners, air-raft loungers, and any non-swimmers who use a pool and do not locomote horizontally from point A to point B
To that I add, the fourth category: Hydrodefiant - This includes ALL platform divers. That can also include the professional clown who dives from 20 feet into a vat of JelloⓇ. The hydrodefiant personally defies the water to do anything to them as they approach it with force and/or finesse. Gravity is a force! I myself had been diving decades before I'd even known how to swim!
I could not for the life of me, breathe well enough to swim (or even sing with force, for that matter). My arms and core had been congenitally too weak to have propelled myself through the drink. And a swim instructor had traumatized me at a pool. Later, my ex-husband had not wanted me to learn how to swim (and this ws year-round in South Florida)... yet he was a very good swimmer ...
Hydrodefiant, though: Nowhere is that definition more explicitly epitomized than in the diving performance of Olympic extreme skiier and Splash contestant Rory Bushfield ... well, the guy is also charming and easy on the eyes, too; of course ...