I almost drown when I was 11, mainly because I could barely swim at the time and decided to dive off a cliff like the rest of the kids were doing. Needless to say, I forgot to plan on the fact I would have to be able to swim back to the bank. I was rescued, and in a short time after that, became a very good swimmer, and eventually an excellent swimmer. In theory, I should have had no problem swimming back. Hell, I could have swam more along with the current until I got to the end of the pier and worked my way back in from there if the current was truly as bad as I felt like it was at the time. Instead, I went into full panic mode.... Couple hours later, I was right back in the same place and having no problem, LOL.