Then he tried to teach me how to float on my back but my body would become stiff like a bow. I tried to relax and at one point he told me,"Spread out your arms and legs like a starfish." And suddenly a picture of a dead starfish flashed across my mind but instead of being scared I was really amused at the way my brain works. Well I didn't do too well trying to float on my back but at least I wasn't afraid.
I got to know my instructor a little better. He is from Nepal but has spent more time with his uncle in India moving from one city to the other. He spoke perfect Hindi and promised I would be swimming like a fish at the end of our lessons. I continued to practise in the pool after he left only too glad to be in the calm waters for another half hour. So yay for me!