The climax comes when Jerry is able to hold his breath long enough to be able to swim through the tunnel. This is a turning point in Jerry's life because he has set and accomplished a difficult goal. When he is finally through the tunnel. he looks at the other boys who had be taunting him but he is no longer interested in them. In fact, it was"no longer of the least importance to go to the bay." Jerry has succeeded in his metaphorical journey toward manhood and is now aware he can accomplish difficult tasks without the help of his mother.