Most people who knew Catherine Garceau during the early years of this century were struck by just how much she had going for her.

The tall blonde with a body to kill for had won a Bronze medal at the 2000 Olympic Games as part of Canada’s synchronized swimming team. Not long after that, she landed a dream job swimming in Las Vegas shows. And ahead of her lay a successful career in marketing, courtesy of her connections and the business degree she had earned in university while training for the big win in Sydney.

But like many athletes, Catherine was floundering in her post-Olympic life. She no longer had an outlet for her obsession with perfection — a central part of her personality long before she first dipped her toe in a swimming pool. And she felt she was losing it all: her athletic body, her high-achieving mind and most humiliating, her image of excellence.

Now, in Swimming Out Of Water, Catherine goes beneath the surface of her life. She tells her story through the lens of a life-changing experience she had while hiking in the Red Rock National Park outside Las Vegas. Stuck there on a cliff, alone, for twenty-four hours, she flashes back to moments of fear, failure, loss, triumph, and breakthrough, which all decorated her journey with valuable lessons. Beyond sharing her inspirational story, Catherine reveals valuable insight on the destructive effects of sugar and many chemicals found in our food and environments,  including the chlorine she had bathed in for so many years.

With nothing but a journal, a booklet of prayers, and a pencil, she battles her fear through a scorching hot day and a freezing night, writing down the memories of her life that have now become this book, Swimming Out Of Water. Through metaphorical experiences with water, desert, sport and Las Vegas performance, Catherine inspires readers to always have faith; no matter how difficult or stubborn a return back to health and balance can be.

When her faith finally wins over her fear, she miraculously climbs to safety, vowing to help others with eating disorders and to create awareness of the harmful effects of chlorine, a dangerous chemical that is silently causing havoc for many swimmers worldwide. Catherine is passionately committed to providing solutions for chlorine byproducts exposure, raising the bar on standards for swimming pool environments while also supporting swimmers with a holistic look below the surface of wellness (and disease). Beyond swimmers, all readers will be empowered to view their symptoms as opportunities to learn, grow, and heal and to forever restore their internal oceans – in body, mind and spirit.  From the neighborhood pools of Montreal’s West Island to the podium in Sydney, from Red Rock National Park to the coast of California where most of her healing journey took place, Catherine’s story of perfectionism, struggle, inquiry, and discovery is sure to cause a ripple effect far beyond the chlorinated waters she is out to purify.