hmmm...I'm not so much looking for support, but little bit of extra buoyancy.
Maybe I'm making myself out to be worse than I am. I don't thrash about getting from point A to point B, I just don't do well not having the security of a wall near me. Looking more for, I don't know how to express it I guess, something that would provide just the minimum of extra lift. I don't do much laying about in the pool, just like to do it sometimes right before I'm going to leave, and only when there's not many people around.
The bottom line is, I have a life long fear of water. I especially don't like being with other people I know in the water with me. They are the one's who playfully reach out and grab your arm or leg, and that freaks me out. I'm comfortable in it when it's on my terms. I'm very familiar with those terms, and don't go outside of them.
I had beaukoodles of well meaning people try to "teach me" to swim while I was a child. People who knew what they were doing.
I finally taught myself to swim when I was 16, when I had access to a friend of the families pool, while they were gone all summer. I taught myself while I was all alone, at my own pace, and my own way. I'm comfortable with my way of dealing and relaxing in a container of water. Just wondering if anyone knew of something that could be used as a small assist.
btrfly, I've already checked out all those type things on the net. Way excessive.