I've been playing with diving - in water diving. A couple of weeks ago, my earbuds got away from me and ended up at the bottom of the deep end. A regular swimmer from a couple of lanes over spied the problem and before I knew it, had gone down to the bottom, grabbed them and handed them back to me. I was astounded.
I have natural boyancy. Probaly mostly because I am fat. I can be vertical in the water with little or no movement at all for a long time. I think I could do it indefinately. So getting to the bottom of the pool - even without breathing issues - seems impossible to me.
But, I've been kind of practicing. Diving down as far as I can go. My first attempts were hilarious. In 3 feet of water, I could almost touch the bottom. But doing 3 or 4 dives at the end of every swim now has honed my skills. I can now easily get down and touch the bottom with my legs extended above me and completely submurged - at about the 7/8 foot level. I worry about breathing and even that is getting easier. I'm probably kidding myself but wouldn't it be cool if I was making my lungs work better? The deepest is 12 feet. I have a ways to go on that one.
I found a new ring lap counter that also does lap timing. And gives you average lap times. I'm not een sure I understand how it works since it has only one buttom but... apparently it works great so I ordered one. The website said it would take 3 to 5 days to ship from Maryland so I figured it wouldn't be here until the first or second week in October. But... I got a note nearly immediately that it had shipped and would be here Saturday! Except I just checked this morning and the post office website says it's Out for Delivery!!