We want to help you find the right swimming class, whether it’s ours or not. If you would benefit from a system other than Miracle Swimming, we’ll point you in the right direction. Anyone who has any fear in deep or shallow is best served here.

The point of learning to swim is safety: the ability to rely on oneself for one’s safety in water over one’s head. If you can rely on yourself for your safety in water over your head and you’re perfectly happy there, you can already Swim. Then, the point of further lessons might be learning strokes for efficiency, speed, and exercise. Any traditional learn-to-swim agency can teach you strokes. The best, in our opinion, is Total Immersion. If you cannot rely on yourself for your safety in deep water, or you are the least bit uncomfortable there, Miracle Swimming for Adults is the school for you. To check, see “Who Is Afraid in Water?” here.

Miracle Swimming is a new system of teaching — since 1983– that guarantees that adults who are not comfortable in water over their heads or who are afraid in water will overcome their fear and learn to swim. Our 5 Circles system is the very definition of mindfulness. You can’t fail.

Here is the problem adult non-swimmers have and how to solve it.
You probably have at least one friend who grew up with parents who took her/her to the pool when he/she was young and they played together. At an early age, her parents passed her between them in the water so she could learn how the water worked. Then, say by age two or three, she could move from here to there on her own, come up for air when she needed it, and turn onto her back to rest. Her movements were probably fast, her hands were inefficient, and she held her breath most of the time, but it worked. She felt safe and she liked being in the water. She felt the water holding her up and she was in control.

Her mom may have said to her friends at a play date, “Susie can swim! I mean, she can’t swim, but she can swim!” The mom is referring to two things. But she’s using the same word. Susie knows how the water works and has become independent for short periods of time. She can “Swim.” But she doesn’t know formal strokes yet: she can’t “swim.” The capitalized Swim gets prominence for its meaning of safety. To be able to Swim safely requires knowing how the water works with one’s body. The non-capitalized “swim” means strokes. Strokes do not provide safety but they do provide efficiency: greater distance per stroke and less energy output over the distance. 

The point of learning to swim is safety: the ability to rely on oneself for one’s safety in water over one’s head.

The point of strokes is efficiency or speed. Efficiency and speed would be required for safety if you are being chased by something dangerous that you could outswim. But not even Michael Phelps can outswim a small fish. Strokes are rarely, if ever relevant for safety.

Once a person learns to Swim, they can then learn to swim.
However, learning to swim does not imply or guarantee learning to Swim.

For children, learning to swim— sometimes or often, but not always—results in learning to Swim. For adults, learning to swim bears no relationship to learning to Swim. Most traditional swimming lessons teach swimming. They do not teach Swimming. This is why your swimming lessons have not taken you to your swimming destination.

Because there are two definitions of “I can swim” in the United States and around the world, there is confusion about who is safe and who is not. Many children and adults who have passed a test by swimming (stroking) from one end of the pool to the other believe that since they passed the test, they “can swim.” However, if they were not required to stop and rest peacefully for five minutes or so in water over their heads, they have not demonstrated that they can Swim. Therefore, many people who can’t Swim think they can. This could not be a more unsafe situation, and has likely led to many drownings.

The world needs a common definition of “learn to swim.” Without it, much of the “swimming” public is unsafe. Miracle Swimming identified this problem decades ago and has sought to publicize it and train all swimming instructors in it ever since. Once you learn to swim, you can learn to swim efficiently with strokes. Strokes are the choreography of swimming: advanced techniques like freestyle, backstroke, or breaststroke.

Our system is easy and fun. Every single last adult can learn to swim — to be free and confident in water, shallow and deep — at his/her own pace. On average, this typically takes two weeks (48 hours) of Miracle Swimming classes. The “magic” is in the way it’s taught. It is a universal teaching paradigm that cannot fail that was released in our DVD in 2000 and in our book in 2006. It is mindfulness as you learn to swim. No one can learn to swim without it! Adult non-swimmers can learn 30-100% of it by reading our book. Our hope is that every single adult swimming student in the world will have access to this sensible new system in order to learn with a smile successfully, the first time.

Does anyone fail? No, unless they don’t use the system: if they push themselves or don’t engage with their questions, they fail to make significant progress. About one student per year does this.

Is the system painful or hard? Not at all! It’s fun.

Does everyone learn to be free in water? Yes, if they take both Beginning and Next Step classes. Sometimes, a student needs more time, taking two or three Next Step classes. You can also learn a lot by practicing Miracle Swimming on your own. Get it all! Everyone goes at his/her own pace based on one’s history and one’s willingness to stay true to oneself. There is no bad student. One student took classes for 18 months, nonstop. She overcame her fear and became a trans-Pacific sailor, on “watch” by herself in the dead of night in the middle of the Pacific. Then she became one of our instructors. She learned to be completely mindful–present– in the water, shallow and deep.

The system’s implications are vast. It is applicable to all teaching and learning. Every adult and child can learn to swim on their first attempt, enjoyably.

To date, over 60 instructors have been trained worldwide.


It’s needed because everyone should know how to swim. Just as everyone needs to know how to cross the street, knowing how to swim can save your life. You may need to know it only once, but that one time makes all the difference. Perhaps more importantly, it increases your “everyday” self-confidence.

Millions of adults have become discouraged in their swimming lessons. Miracle Swimming has fixed every problem of those lessons.
Our system is based upon:

It literally guarantees learning.

Miracle Swimming is designed specifically for adults who are fearful in deep water. It covers every single topic needed for success.