Mission: to teach adults to overcome their fear in water

If someone can swim, he or she is not afraid in water. He knows how the water works and he’s confident in it.

According to a 1998 Gallup Poll,

-46% of adults in the United States are afraid in water over their heads in a pool: 109 million people.
-64% of adults are afraid in deep, open water: 149 million
-39% of adults are afraid to put their heads under water: 91 million

After 34 years of teaching adults to swim, we’ve confirmed that traditional lessons, which were designed for children, are not the best fit for most adults. A program specifically for adults is needed.

In Sarasota, our headquarters where we have a warm pool dedicated to teaching adults to swim, statistics say that 131,100 adults are afraid in deep water in pools. We have bountiful open water in our region where everyone needs to be safe, adding 51,000 who need to learn to be safe in the Gulf of Mexico. We could teach lessons for a lifetime of 75 years here and not reach all adults who don’t know how to swim in our waters.

Our most economical classes cost $600 for 24 hours. These are offered to local residents who learn over a month. It takes two 24-hour classes –Beginning and Next Step– for most adults to overcome their fear of water and learn to swim.

About 23,000 adults are below the poverty line in Sarasota County and more adults than that would be unable to make a $600 swimming lessons investment a priority in their family’s finances…even though it’s essential for the family’s safety.

 

Miracle Swimming for Adults Pool

At Miracle Swimming for Adults we established what we believe is the most efficient system to teach an afraid adult to swim in 1983. We estimate that it takes $900, a bare-bones number, to teach one afraid adult to swim. This number does not keep the swim school afloat but can work as a supplement to our regular classes. We want to teach every adult non-swimmer in Sarasota, regardless of income level, to be safe in deep water. We can do this! It will take financial support and many new teachers.

Needs List, Current
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Scholarships for adults to learn to swim: $900 per adult
Lightning detector: $10,000 When storms are distant, this allows us to stay in the water rather than exiting the pool as soon as we hear thunder. This would give us far fewer rescheduled hours of class. We typically reschedule 8 of 16 hours in the summertime.
Paint: $500 plus volunteers for outdoor classroom and storage areas
Fencing: $2000 to enclose the pool equipment of the main pool
Classroom: $50,000 created from existing unbuilt structure which currently has pillars and roof
Office space: $75,000 onsite, re-created from current outdoor storage building

Teaching afraid adults requires well-trained teachers

At the rate of pay that swimming instructors receive, it’s difficult for teachers who know they’re missing vital information to receive essential training, let alone travel to Sarasota to learn. MSA is the only organization that specializes in and has a time-tested, proven system for teaching afraid adults. It is also the only organization with a time-tested, proven system for training teachers of afraid adults. Our training is online (60 hours) and hands-on (60 hours). We believe every instructor should have a personal investment of at least $1000 in the finances of their training.

Needs List for Trainee Applicants Who Qualify for Scholarships
Travel expenses: $2000 when sharing a room for two weeks with one other trainee. Includes air fare, hotel, shared car, and meals

Training: $TBA.  At least $1000 of this is paid by the scholarshipped trainee.
For the time being, trainings are only offered to Sarasota area instructors.