Ocracoke is surrounded by water...but it's not always easy to learn how to swim here. The ocean is a great place to enjoy body surfing, boogie boarding, surfing, or just wading and playing. But it is difficult to learn to swim there. Years ago, when Silver Lake was cleaner, all of the children dove and swam off the end of the docks, or in the "ditch" (the narrow channel connecting the harbor with Pamlico Sound). For many years the Coast Guard allowed passage through their property, to a sandy beach on the edge of the ditch. Those options are no longer available to island children.
Lachlan is lucky to have two lifeguards, Travis & Ashley, who have access to one of the island swimming pools, teaching him to swim. Lachlan is so comfortable in the water, that part of their job has been to teach him a healthy respect for deep water. He has never minded putting his head under water. In fact, he swims like a seal under water. But now he is learning to execute a strong kick...and learning rhythmic breathing.
We are all more comfortable on docks and around boats. Every week his skills improve. Many thanks to Travis and Ashley!
Our latest Ocracoke Newsletter is Lou Ann's story of the Night Blooming Cereus Cactus. You can read it here: http://www.villagecraftsmen.com/news072111.htm.