I'm not exactly afraid of the ocean, but I've never really swam in it. At the beach, I won't let the water go past my waist. I can't swim very well and I always thought it would be much harder to be rescued in the sea than a pool. I have been on a small boat ride from Charleston, SC to Fort Sumter and I was more sea-sick than nervous. Though I figured I'd be nervous about a real boat trip across a sea or ocean.