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i am terrifed in deep water if i cant touch but i can swim in itIt's all about comfort. Go to the store and try them out. Fit is super important. I find Neoprene the most comfortable kind.It needs to be tight too, otherwise it just rides up on you.
Since you mention you can swim....Drowning in 15ft is the same as drowing in 3000ft of depth. As you build your proficiency by swimming more you may find you feel more confident swimming in deeper waters.
If you could be hurt always wear one (For WaterSports it's legally required and I would add foolish not to wear one in my opinion.)
can i wear vest in deep partI have a friend in a very similar situation. One thing that helped him greatly was wearing fins. the fins give your legs swimming super power and give you more confidence . Maybe practice in the pool where you easily control the depth and work to reach the level of confort you wish for.
Best of Luck!