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Don't be Afraid

Hello all, Today's post is going to be primarily for those individuals who live near the ocean. Ocean's can be scary places and many people, even great swimmers are afraid to go near one. Today we are going to break down th e2 most common myths about swimming in the ocean so that you can enjoy one of the most beautiful bodies of water in the world.

Myth 1: Sharks are hungry man eaters who will always attack humans.

Reality: Sharks don't like the taste of humans. 99% of shark attacks occur when the sharks mistake a human for something else. JAWS may make a great movie but it is just that... a movie. Human beings are too oily and they don't want to eat you. They prefer a nice juicy seal or sea lion. Not only do most attacks happen accidently but there are hardly any accidents. In fact less than 80 shark attacks happen world wide per year. To put this in perspective lets look at a few things that are more likely to happen to you than a shark attack: A coconut falling from a tree, mosquitos, car accidents, falling from a ladder and finally using a right handed product as a left handed individual. So basically you need to live in a bubble or not be scared of sharks.

Myth  2: Undertows can pull you under and hold you there until you drown

Reality: Undertows exist continually in every ocean. They are basically an oceanic current that keeps water flow consistent even during crashing waves. It is the reason why beaches aren't completely flooded over as the water crashes onto them. While undertows can be strong and if you are not careful they can knock you over and pull you out they are not strong enough to hold you there. The main cause of drowning from undertows is because of panic. If you believe you can't get to the surface, it causes you to overreact and drive yourself out farther to a point where you cannot get back in. Undertows are commonly mistaken with rip currents. Rip currents are far stronger crossing currents that you can watch out for by paying attention to the nearest surf forecasts. Undertows should not be something that keeps you out of the water. Just remember, you are stronger than an undertow. If you get swept off your feet. Don't panic just come to the surface.

As you can see the dangers of the ocean are minor compared to many other dangers in the world. This doesn't mean there is no danger in swimming in the ocean, but it also means that you don't need to get more worked up about it. In fact you are just as likely to die in a swimming pool as you are in an ocean so if you are ok with swimming in the pool than you don't need to worry about swimming in the ocean. As long as you pay attention and don't do anything stupid the ocean is a beautiful place to swim. Over 70% of the world is covered by oceans so you would be missing out on the majority of the world if you were uncomfortable swimming in the ocean. It is truly a magnificent part of the earth and I hope that your fears have lessoned enough to go give it a try.

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