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Deep Water Summary

Author of Deep Water

William Douglas

Theme of Deep Water

Everyone should conquer their fear, not live in fear.

This lesson is a part of an autobiography of William Douglas “Of men and mountain”.

Chapter Explanation:

  1. When he was 3 or 4 years old, his father took him to the California beach where he got knocked down by the deadly wave, he was terrified and a deep fear developed in him.

  2. His mother always kept warning against Yakima River and about each drowning so, he went to the YMCA pool to practice swimming.

  3. When he was 11, one day he was waiting for others as pool was quit and no one was there later a bully came and tossed him to the deeper end of the pool.

  4. He hated to walk with naked legs and show his skinny legs. His introduction to YMCA pool revived his unpleasant memories.

  5. Why Those 9 feets felt 90 to Douglas?
    He never went underwater so, he expected that as he reaches to the bottom, he would make a great spring upward and lie flat on the water. He also thought that he would strike out like a crock then he would get to the edge of the pool.

  6. What was his plan?
    He thought that as he reaches to the bottom, he would make a great spring upward and lie flat on the water. He also thought that he would strike out like a cork then he would get to the edge of the pool.

  7. Explain the misadventure of YMCA pool?
    A misadventure at the YMCA pool wherein Douglas was thrown into the deeper end of the pool by a big bully boy his lunges filled with water. His head throbbed and his legs were paralyzed he went down into the water three times but failed to come up. Though he was saved ultimately, a terror of water was developed in him.

  8. How his fear form water made him handicap?
    OR
    What was the impact of misadventure in YMCA pool?

    For several days the panic and fear kept haunting him. It ruined his trips with to water bodies and experience of water sports like, Fishing, Canoeing, Boating and Swimming. because as he enter in the water the terror that had seized him in the pool would possess him compeletly and his legs would become paralysed and Icy horror would grab his heart

  9. Explain how instructor taught him swimming?
    The instructor first put a belt around him, a rope was attached. This rope went through a pulley that ran on an overhead cable. Douglas swam like this for weeks. Then he taught to exhale under the water and to rise his nose and inhale. The instructor held him at the side of the pool and made him kick with his legs, he put them into an integrated whole.

  10. Franklin D Roosevelt said that “All we have to fear is fear itself” explain it. We should remain calm, the troubles can be sorted out and addressed, but if people panic, things will only get worse.