After 35 years of teaching adults to swim, we’ve uncovered two facts:
1) That a program designed specifically for adults is imperative. Traditional lessons, which were designed for children, are not the best fit for most adult non-swimmers.
2) That learning to swim is learning to be reliable for your safety in water over your head. Learning to swim efficiently is learning to do strokes.
With this new knowledge, drowning can virtually disappear.
MIRACLE SWIMMING SARASOTA
In Sarasota, our headquarters, we have a warm pool dedicated to teaching adults to swim. Statistics say that 131,100 adults here are afraid in deep water in pools. We have bountiful open water in our region where everyone needs to be safe. Let's add that 131,000 adults and the 51,000 more who are afraid in open water and teach them to be safe in our open water, the Gulf of Mexico.
Our most economical classes cost $600 for 24 hours. These are offered to local residents who learn over the course of a month. It takes two 24-hour classes –Beginning and Next Step– for most adults to overcome their fear of water and learn to swim.
About 23,000 adults are below the poverty line in Sarasota County and more adults than that would be unable to make a $600 swimming lessons investment a priority in their family’s finances…even though it’s essential for the family’s safety.