Try not to hold any judgment about fear in water. You must start from where you are in order to make progress.

Find the right class so you can reach your swimming goals. If we don't have it, we'll point the way.

Who's afraid in water?

  • People who cannot rest peacefully in deep water (over their heads) for 5 minutes at least 10 feet away from the side or a support.
  • People who have taken swimming lessons before and never learned to breathe because they were tense. Practicing that does not help.
  • People who rely on the bottom or the side for their safety rather than on themselves.
  • People who are tense in water, especially over their heads.
  • People whose swim instructors have told them to, “Relax,” but they couldn’t.
  • People who have made excuses for not going to swimming parties and boat outings.
  • People who don’t like to put their faces in water.
  • People who stay near the side of the pool or on “this side” of the rope.
  • People who know formal strokes, such as freestyle, but who swim next to the wall in deep water.
  • People who believe that learning to tread water is the answer to their "swimming prayers.”

If this list describes you, you could give yourself the solution to the problem in the next few minutes! Miracle Swimming can teach you to be confident in deep water.

Who's not afraid in water?

  • People who can stop and rest as long as they wish in deep water (water over their heads), whether they know formal strokes or not.
  • People who can pick up objects from the bottom of the pool, shallow or deep.
  • People who know how to sink to the bottom of the deep end, happily.
  • People who can jump off a boat into the “blue” without a care.

Knowing formal strokes is not relevant to being safe in deep water or being able to Swim. For more information about that, read this.

If this list describes you, you already know how to Swim and you must be looking for a strokes class, correct? We recommend that you do a search for your local YMCA or Total Immersion coach.