Smiles on these girls says it all about their open water swim. My last 2 swims were compromised by asthma and goggles that wouldn’t stop leaking.
I tell beginners it takes practice because swimming is so technical. The more you work at it, it gets easier. But when you do open water swimming that is another added stress of equipment and fear what is below you. Beginners start in shallow part then slowly move out to deeper waters. Each time go farther out. Before you know your swimming the distance for sprint triathlon.
So don’t give up on your swim because you will conquer your fears and swim endlessly😎