I just wanted to share with everyone a small story about a near death experience that happened to my friend Steve Martile (my friend who helps me teach in the 7 free videos on How to Create a YouTube Video to Market Your Business Online) and I on August 15, 2009, while white water rafting on the Ottawa River. Watch this short online video of the incident first and then continue reading below as I describe in detail what thoughts were going through my head.
All I remember is being on the raft, heart was racing as we approached the rapids, hitting the rapids, and then a few seconds later being in the water.
First Thought: Don’t panic, you are wearing a life jacket and you will eventually float to the surface. So I started kicking to propel myself to the surface. I looked up and it was dark.
Second Thought: What if I was under the raft, what do I do then? I stretched my hand up to try and feel for the raft, there was nothing but water.
Third Thought: I really need some help! So I started waving my hands to try to flag someone for help (underwater).
Fourth Thought: Wait a second, I’m underwater and nobody is going to see me. I really hope I am close to the surface by now or else I’m going to run out of air. I again tried stretch my hand to the surface, still nothing but water.
Fifth thought: I’m starting to inhale some water and if I don’t get any air now I’m seriously NOT going to make it! Just as I was about to give up, I shot to the surface, and took in some air.
Sixth Thought: Oh crap its not over yet, I have to swim across the current to make it to shore or else I will get sucked into another Rapid! I’m sooo exhausted. Luckily, the rescue boats where right there to pick me up and take me to shore.
Nobody was seriously hurt on this trip. From now on, August 15th is officially known as “Life Appreciation Day”!