My family had taken my sister and me on vacation to Daytona beach. I was a strong swimmer for my age (continued to competition after) but had never been in the ocean. My father had taken me out on an inflatable raft, holding me on the raft. Apparently, a rogue wave came along and knocked both dad off his feet and me off the raft. This is the last thing I remember. (Note -- my memories of my childhood are very clear, unlike my sisters' memories.)
The next memory I have is I'm on the bottom, the water is extremely bright and clear. I start swimming along the bottom, and brightly colored fish, some almost neon, come by and start playing tag with me. I start playing with them and find I can swim quite fast. I think for a second that I should be breathing, but decide I don't have to because I like it here. Shortly later, I start choking. I came to on the beach with the lifeguard working on me and my family and a crowd around me.
My father later told me I was under for approximately ten minutes. In addition, I have since had many paranormal experiences. My father, mother, sister, my youngest daughter, my ex-wife, and my current wife all have experienced the paranormal either on their own or in association with me. My first experience was with a dark robed entity with a hood and no other features, first appearing when I was in sixth grade. After the fact, I found out the entity had previously visited my parents, sister, and since, my youngest daughter.
Date NDE Occurred: 1959
At the time of your experience, was there an associated life-threatening event? Yes Accident drowned- resuscitated by life guard on beach
I was drowning.
How do you consider the content of your experience? Positive
The experience included: Out of body experience
Did you feel separated from your body? Uncertain I don't know if the body I was in was me. Felt like me, but did not see myself. However, obviously, my body was caught in an outgoing current at the bottom of the water, with my parents, lifeguards, and volunteers sweeping in lines for me.
At what time during the experience were you at your highest level of consciousness and alertness? Totally alert, felt conscious and enjoying the feeling. Quite peaceful.
Did time seem to speed up or slow down? Everything seemed to be happening at once; or time stopped or lost all meaning
It seemed as if I just got there and started playing, when I was jerked away. It had been actually about ten minutes.
Did you pass into or through a tunnel? No
Did you encounter or become aware of any deceased (or alive) beings? Yes Fish, not afraid of them, and felt like they were taking care of me.
The experience included: Light
Did you see an unearthly light? Uncertain Not a point of light, but extreme light all around.
The experience included: A landscape or city
Did you seem to enter some other, unearthly world? A clearly mystical or unearthly realm Bright, warm, clear water landscape with a beautiful light.
What emotions did you feel during the experience? Happiness and fun.
Did you suddenly seem to understand everything? No Just peaceful.
Did scenes from your past come back to you? My past flashed before me, out of my control
Did scenes from the future come to you? No
Did you come to a border or point of no return? No
God, Spiritual and Religion:
What was your religion prior to your experience? Moderate methodist
Did you have a change in your values and beliefs because of your experience? Yes Beliefs more basic, conservative, went overboard to treat people justly and civilly. Bible meant more. My place in the next realm is more important to me than this life.
After the NDE:
Was the experience difficult to express in words? No
Do you have any psychic, non-ordinary or other special gifts after your experience that you did not have before the experience? Yes Have experienced entities, interacted with 'ghosts', have had religious enlightenment and a sixth sense of impending bad occurrences.
Are there one or several parts of your experience that are especially meaningful or significant to you? Obviously, the experience itself, then the rude awakening.
Have you ever shared this experience with others? Yes My family related their experiences, many were similar and their reactions were helpful. My two wives were concerned, until they experienced the entities, ghosts, etc. They grew to expect it and not that concerned. The friends that I have had were not surprised, as they had similar experience. Since my thirties, I've tried not to have friends, just family and acquaintances.
At any time in your life, has anything ever reproduced any part of the experience? No
Is there anything else that you would like to add about your experience? It seems ever since; I had a sixth sense, or later called gut feelings, about bad things about to happen. Never could develop this for good things. But it helped me as a police officer, as I should have been dead, at last count, seven times.