is baptism important?

when I was young I thought not, but preaching or teaching or conviction
convinced me I needed to be baptised,
however I held off because I considered it to be a really really important thing to do.
I decided that after I got baptised I would be like Jesus and go into the wilderness.
So I got baptised in the ocean,
then went for a walk down the coast of Bribie island, about 21 miles. The north section I caught a boat over to and 99% of the island at that time was bushland. After about 10 minutes I got hot and tired and a little worried, then a landcruiser pulled up and said would you like a lift, would I ever, and I was down at the inhabited south section of the island in half an hour.