Secondly, I've never been able to swim with my head out of the water, which I know is not the best way to swim, but it's just something I haven't been able to do.
The inability to swim in this inefficient way is one of the reasons I never learnt to swim in the first place. I just sank.
Anyway, while we were on holiday I managed to swim a little bit of breast-stoke both with and without my head in the water. I thought this was because of the salt water pool aiding buoyancy. But here's the exciting thing (exciting for me anyway), Ally and I went swimming today and I managed to do several lengths of the 13m pool breast-stroke! Quite an achievement for me, and one which gives me great pleasure. I can't wait to go again and do some more practising.