Miracle Swimming Blog


Our Innovations
Posted by: Melon Dash

Miracle swimming brought these innovations to the aquatics industry:

  • The 5 Circles Teaching System TM: an infallible system for teaching
  • Adults must be taught differently than children
  • Learning to swim begins on land with messages in our culture
  • Learning to swim and learning strokes are different things
  • In order to learn, you must be in control
  • Learning to swim requires becoming reliable for your safety in deep water
  • Learning to swim MEANS becoming reliable for your safety in deep water
  • Overcoming fear and learning to swim are the same thing
  • Comfort in water makes it inevitable that a person will learn to swim
  • Afraid students need a class of their own
  • For safety’s sake, learning strokes should come after comfort in deep water
  • Swimming strokes are unrelated to safety
  • You can’t learn what to do with your arms, legs, and breath if you’re afraid you might die
  • If you can do freestyle but you can’t rest in deep water, it’s not accurate to say you can swim yet
  • Floating need not be horizontal
  • Parents should learn to swim before children
  • Panic prevention must be part of swimming lessons
  • Fun should be top priority in learning to swim

The definition of “learn to swim” (LTS)
If a study were done to determine the public’s definition of, “I can swim,” the conclusion would likely be that the public, including swimming instructors, has two definitions of what it means to learn to swim:

1) learning to do strokes of freestyle for a distance such as 25 yards


2) being reliable for one’s safety in deep water.

At miracle swimming, our 34 years of teaching afraid adults exclusively have taught us that:

The correct definition of, “I can swim” is, “I can rely on myself for my safety in deep water.”

That is what we teach. Many people care only that they’re safe and can have fun in deep water. Our students feel safe, go at their own pace, start at the beginning, skip no steps, make safety the priority, and have fun. The result is safety, comfort, confidence in water—both shallow and deep—and the ability to maneuver calmly in deep water. When people are confident in water, they spontaneously swim.