The Learn to Swim
Radio Show

13 weekly podcast episodes

Week 1

Why a Radio Show to Learn To Swim? What We’ll Accomplish in 13 Weeks

Raise your hand if you believe that learning to swim happens in the water!

Is your hand up? Whose wouldn’t be?

For kids, learning to swim happens mostly in water. But for adults, learning to swim begins on land. If you’re an adult who doesn’t know how to swim and you’ve tried to learn, guess what? The dry-land part was missing! And it’s absolutely essential!

In the next 13 weeks, The Learn to Swim Show host, Melon Dash will explain, outline and demonstrate a new way to learn and teach swimming. She will bring an end–for anyone listening–to the yearning that millions of adults worldwide feel to know how to swim and the frustration they’ve experienced trying to learn the traditional way.

The solution is known. The way is clear. It’s been proven for 30 years. Now let the world understand and benefit!

Listen to Week 1 – Originally Broadcast October 28, 2010 on the World Talk Radio Network.

Week 2

How does it feel as a non-swimmer adult or parent?

How does it feel to be an adult who can’t swim? What is it like for instructors to have true beginners in their adult classes? How can we connect the dots and make adult lessons work for students AND instructors?

Listen to Week 2 – Originally Broadcast November 4, 2010 on the World Talk Radio Network.

Week 3

Building the bridge between traditional swimming and miracle swimming

During this show we’ll briefly review the differences between the two schools of thought. We’ll trace the path of creation of Miracle Swimming and then offer some guesses as to why the traditional swimming instructional agencies have not yet adopted Miracle Swimming.

First, we’ll finish one topic of November 4: what it’s like to be a parent who can’t swim.

Listen to Week 3 – Originally Broadcast November 11, 2010 on the World Talk Radio Network.

Week 4

Two schools of thought in the learn to swim universe

Quickly we’ll summarize the philosophy of traditional lessons and that of Miracle Swimming lessons. Then we’ll be joined by Nancy Van Landingham who was afraid in water for 65 years. She tried to learn to swim on several occasions and ran into the same troubles each time. At 65, she learned to swim. She’ll describe her journey.

Listen to Week 4 – Originally Broadcast November 18, 2010 on the World Talk Radio Network.

If they are away from the wall, in the deep end, they can swim.

Week 5

The difference between learning to swim and learning freestyle

Today, Helenita Jacobs will talk about why as a TI coach she sought Miracle Swimming training and how it’s contributed to her understanding of learning and teaching, both as a swimming instructor and as a coach of TI workshops.

Listen to Week 5 – Originally Broadcast December 2, 2010 on the World Talk Radio Network.

Week 6

Beginning class and instructor training: Oahu, Hawaii class today

Honolulu students and instructors.

This past week on Oahu, Hawaii, four adult non-swimmers learned to swim and two swim school owners on Oahu became Miracle Swimming Instructors. What went down? What did we teach?

We have four very, very happy swim class graduates and two highly empowered graduates of our instructor training who can now succeed with any child and adult. How could people who have been teaching swimming as long as they have learn so much in one week?

Listen to Week 6 – Originally Broadcast December 10, 2010 on the World Talk Radio Network.

Week 7

From rags to riches: Afraid non-swimmer to instructor

There are a lot of inspiring stories in learn-to-swim. Take Richard’s. Richard was afraid in water his whole life. At the age of 50-ish, he decided he wanted to learn to swim. He had never taken formal lessons. He took Miracle Swimming as his first exposure to lessons. He then took advantage of our Open Swim practice sessions once a week for an hour during which he practiced staying comfortable all the time and experimented with how the water and his body worked together. He began to be a “spotter” in our classes, helping others learn. In a short time, a year or two, he had learned our system. Our long-term instructor moved across the country. Richard stepped up to take over. Today, he’s a fabulous instructor I’m proud to call ours. He has the answers; and his students all love him.

Join Richard and me — he’ll tell you what he learned about himself and about learning to learn. Swimming is just the sidebar.

Listen to Week 7 – Originally Broadcast December 16, 2010 on the World Talk Radio Network.

Week 8

The message of adult non-swimmers, worldwide

In this episode, The Learn To Swim Show will highlight messages given to swimming students which prevent or hinder learning… and the messages that help and teach.All those things you’ve been told which were confusing, which didn’t make sense, which felt wrong, will be explained and corrected.

Listen to Week 8 – Originally Broadcast December 23, 2010 on the World Talk Radio Network.

Week 9

Messages that prevent afraid and adult students from learning to swim

When you give students incorrect messages, they remain stiff.

Today, we’ll continue talking about messages that help and messages that hinder students from learning to swim. Email that has come in from students will provide good illustrations.

Listen to Week 9 – Originally Broadcast December 30, 2010 on the World Talk Radio Network.

Week 10

It's ok to be afraid

Who is not afraid of anything? Can you name one person?

If you can, is it possible that he or she is afraid of letting you know s/he’s afraid of something?

It’s okay to be afraid in water. It’s okay to be afraid, period! Whether it’s fear of water or fear of someone finding out your secrets or fear of public speaking or of not having enough, each of us is affected by our own fear fairly often. Daily?

This week’s show is about The Okayness of Being Afraid – and how to heal fear.

Listen to Week 10 – Originally Broadcast January 6, 2011 on the World Talk Radio Network.

Week 11

African americans, swimming, and hair. Also, teach parents to swim first

Call every African American you know: women and men. If there’s one stopper that caps all the rest when an African American woman considers swimming lessons, it’s her hair. And it’s not a small thing.

One of my guests has searched out every last option. The other is a man who also stayed away from lessons on account of his locks to his waist. Almost the entire show will be spent on how to beat the hair issue and come away safe in water for the rest of your life.

The first part of the show will address the necessity of parents learning to swim before their children. The world would be a safer place for millions if this were the order of learning.

Listen to Week 11 – Originally Broadcast January 13, 2011 on the World Talk Radio Network.

Week 12

You can guarantee learning

Yes, you. Do you guarantee that every student will learn?

I think I know the answer. At Miracle Swimming, we can and we do. And we’ve been doing so for 28 years. If you want to be able to guarantee learning, you’ll want to know Education’s version of the invention of the wheel. True, Education doesn’t know it yet… but we hope it will be listening.

Listen to Week 12 – Originally Broadcast January 20, 2011 on the World Talk Radio Network.

Week 13

To teach everyone in your town to swim would take...what?

It would take a new paradigm. It would take a shift in priorities.

On our last show, we’ll talk about the proposal I sent to Shreveport, Louisiana, the city that had 6 teens drown at a barbecue before their parents’ eyes. It’s a plan to teach every last citizen to swim. It means more than “swimming lessons as usual.” If every town adopted this plan, we could end drowning in less than 6 years in your town if its population is 200,000 or less.

We’ll wrap this 13-week run with the real reason to teach and learn swimming.

Listen to Week 13 – Originally Broadcast January 27 2011 on the World Talk Radio Network.