I broke my own rule and didn’t check my equipment before getting in.
I put my camera in the housing, put my goggles, turned on the camera and swam underwater into the deep end.
And then my housing started filling up with water.
I swam up to the surface and lifted my underwater housing out of the water, treading water and watching in horror as water pooled inside.
While I was watching the camera flickered off.
I frog kicked to the side of the pool, climbed out and removed the camera from the underwater camera housing.
Water came pouring out of the battery compartment.
This is where I was lucky because even though I was in a panic, I remembered not to try turning on the camera.
Instead, I removed the battery, went into the house and quickly put the camera into a huge bag of rice. I put it back into my pantry, closed the door and left it there for four days.
It was hard not to try turning it on before then but the theory is that dry rice sucks the moisture out of your equipment.
I was very lucky again because when I put a freshly charged battery inside and turned it on, it did turn on.
I didn’t even lose the memory card which was also lucky since I hadn’t downloaded it yet.
Afterwards, I figured out it was my fault my camera housing had failed. I had taken out the O-ring to give it a light lubrication and forgotten to put it back on.
Please learn from my mistake and always make sure you check all the O-rings are in and the latches are sealed before getting in and submerging your photography equipment.
And yes – this is a magnifying glass – don’t you just love the effects that it created!