this subject seems to come up every so often--everyone's replies have been pretty spot-on, so I won't belabor the point other than to reference this thread: Tips Anyone?
from a while back. I didn't see it reposted, apolgize if it already was. There's a lot of similar discussion there, and in it I linked to some AW articles about fear.
As a semi-frequent swimmer, I have dealt with the fear thing also, and all the advice above applies--I seem to have a short bout at the beginning of the season every year. I did just swim this weekend incidentally in triple drop--craziest water I have ever swam in--no whistles, turkey legs, or schlitz though!
I wasn't overly scared at the put-in, in fact, other than the normal dry mouth, nerpoo feelings, I felt pretty confident. I flipped almost immediately though, and couldn't get my roll and swam, even though I've run triple drop a bunch of times, not quite at 3000, but over 2800, with zero issues--then ran #1 fine, but then flipped and swam again in #1 1/2 and called it a day...maybe over-confident, maybe having paddled the previous sat., mon., tue., wed., and thu., and not gettin' my butt to sleep before midnite wed., thu. and fri. had something to do with it, maybe it was those bootie beers I still owe for the other swims this season--I don't know what the problem was... BIG, BIG thanks to Dan and Steve though for rescuing my boat 2x!!
--I seem to have a wierd inconsistency thing, where I'll have a great run one day and crap the next--I can't quite seem to figure it out...
the wierd thing about swimming for me though, is I'm never scared at all when I do swim--even though triple drop was absolutely humongous on sat., and I was under water for some extended periods in triple drop with only nanoseconds in between to get a breath, I was calm and just knew that I had to get to business and stay away from the holes and get my self to shore as fast as possible--tried to hold my paddle--no chance on the boat--but lost that too...Big thanks also to Donna and her crew for recovering and returning my paddle!
--after my adventure swimming triple drop, I even had to swim back across the river, just below the regular numbers put-in where it's somewhat mellow, to get back to my boat, and I even enjoyed it! --but I do have to say that even though I didn't feel scared in the water, that was a scary swim thinking back on it, and I know I have to get back on it as soon as I rest up and build up a lttle confidence...
Everybody's advice here certainly applies, and the only thing I would add though is that it will pass--I can assure you!