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 ever been ready to learn that much 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 MS. It takes 11 days to learn butterfly, backstroke, and breaststroke. 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 rearrange their minds: 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 swimmer.
Competition is not the point of Masters Swimming: fitness and participation are. Only about 20% of Masters Swimmers compete.