NANFA-- staying afloat

Rich Butts (
Thu, 29 Aug 2002 06:33:47 -0700 (PDT)

I have had a difficult time trying to collect on my own because I am somewhat handicapped. I have rather severe neuropathy (numb feet and hands) from long term cancer medications that have been used to combat my Multiple Myeloma. The last time I tried to go out, I ended up falling and getting a huge black eye. Low platelets probably made it worst than it should have been, but I ended up arguing with my wife over what I can and can not do because of it.
Now my wife is upset because I just received a new mask and snorkel in the mail. The last time I tried snorkeling, I was rather un prepared. I couldn't get out of the water without help because of the soft sand and rocks etc. I have figured out that my dip net makes a good crutch, so that is part of the solution. My wife, Deirdre, has agreed to help me if I ware a floatation device. So this is my question: Does a wet or dry suit work as a floatation device. In other words, will I float because I am waring a wet suit?
Walking in the shallow water is out of the question at this point. If I am already down and in the water, and can float, I can do this. The next question is: How do I capture fish from this prone position? Maybe a spear gun with a net on the end???
What do you think?
Marlborough, MA
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