Miracle Swimming has brought these ideas to the Aquatics and Learn-to-Swim industries:

  • 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 two different things
  • Learning to swim includes learning to be 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 --guarantees -- that a person will learn to swim
  • Afraid students need a class of their own
  • Learning strokes comes after becoming safe in deep water
  • Learning strokes is not related 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 does not have to be horizontal
  • Parents should learn to swim before children
  • Panic prevention needs to be part of swimming lessons
  • Fun should be top priority in learning to swim
  • Under normal circumstances, it's possible to guarantee that a student will learn to swim

Let's agree on the definition of "learn to swim" (LTS). If a study were done to determine the public's definition of swimming, 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:

  • For safety's sake and to enable everyone to learn to swim, we need one common definition of "Learn-to-Swim:"
    the ability to rely on oneself for one's safety in deep water.
  • After students learn to swim, they can be taught the efficient way to swim: strokes. But strokes are not necessary for safety.
  • An adult student who learns freestyle or "learns to swim" the traditional way could fall out of a boat and drown if he does not know how to float, rest in deep water or prevent panic.

At Miracle Swimming, learning to swim comes first; strokes follow if desired. Many people care only that they're safe and can have fun in deep water. Miracle Swimming students always feel safe, go at their own pace, start at the beginning, skip no steps, and make fun the priority. That spells guaranteed success. The result of Miracle Swimming is safety, comfort, confidence in water—both shallow and deep—and the ability to maneuver calmly in deep water. When people are comfortable and confident in water, they spontaneously swim.