It takes a total of 4 months of classes to go from being terrified in water to becoming a masters swimmer. Not that anyone has actually done it that fast!
It takes 2 weeks of Miracle Swimming classes to overcome your fear of deep water. It takes 7 days to learn freestyle at Miracle Swimming for Adults. It takes 11 days to learn butterfly, backstroke, and breaststroke with us. It takes 1-2 months to overcome your fear of joining a masters team!
The steps are all written down and if you follow them at your own pace, it's inevitable that you'll become a Masters Swimmer. In reality, it usually takes 1-2 years for people to schedule all these classes, fund them, and to accept that yes, even they, who felt they were at the bottom of the swimming totem pole for their entire lives, can be a regular masters fitness or even competitive swimmer.
Competition is not the point of Masters Swimming: fitness and participation are. Only about 20% of Masters Swimmers compete.