What Our Students Say
Sentiments of every single student.
SARASOTA, FL, BEGINNING 2 CLASS: July, 2017: 9 OF 9 STUDENTS (formerly called Beginning class)
“This is an excellent class. I was able to make so much progress. The class’s approach really works and is enjoyable.” SG, Maryland
“I would recommend it to others. This is the way to start learning.” AC, FL
“Very effective for what is intended. Individuals learn at different speeds….” NC, FL
“I feel this class should be taken before any other swimming class. It is taught in an adult-friendly manner. When you have had it with traditional swim classes and you’re ready to learn, this class is for you.” MM-B, FL
“Make the investment and trust the process.” CW, Georgia
“10 out of 10 for course content, handbook, uniqueness of MSA teaching, effectiveness of MSA teaching and my happiness with this class.” RD, FL
“It’s a great class, one of my best training/educational experiences.” TW, CA
“Life-changing! Unbelievable progress! I’m shocked that the “sting” of the deep end has subsided.” NB, Boston
“I give the course content a 10 of 10; handbook, 8: uniqueness of MSA teaching 10; effectiveness of MSA teaching 9; discussions 8; my happiness with MSA’s class 9.” NM, FL
SARASOTA, FL, MSOS (“Miracle Swimming on Sale” for local residents) BEGINNING 2 CLASS: July 2017: 5 OF 6 STUDENTS (1 coming.)
“This class changed my life and gave me confidence and freedom.” AF, Nokomis
“Very glad I took this class. I find it interesting to try to explain it to others. Its uniqueness makes it difficult to describe.” SR, Venice
“The best approach I’ve ever come across – life’s too short to not conquer this fear, especially when you live in FL.” JL, LBK
“A super investment and rewarding development of skills, confidence, and sense of safety and fun.” SHJ, Sarasota
“I’m glad I took it.” Anonymous
SARASOTA, FL, BEGINNING 2 CLASS: JUNE 2017: 8 OF 8 STUDENTS
“Different approach to learning to swim. Worth the effort!” PH, IL
“I feel very positive! I feel I really understand the 1st Circle and what it means now.” NF, Boston
“I think the class is excellent in that it addresses my stumbling block –fear. I would recommend it to anyone who is uncomfortable in water or who needs a more supportive learning environment.” LE, FL
“Unconventional, Compassionate, Amazing, Miraculous!” AS, FL
“Excellent! Every adult should use this method to learn to swim.” BB, NJ
“It is an excellent class.” CS, Alabama
“What worked for me was taking it slow, [the instructor’s] answering all and any question, and staying safe and comfortable. I give the Course content, handbook, uniqueness of MSA, effectiveness of MSA and my happiness with this class a 10 out of 10.” LG, Montana
“Highly recommend.” MS, Sarasota, FL
SARASOTA, FL, MSOS BEGINNING 2 CLASS: MAY 2017: 6 OF 6 STUDENTS
“Stop letting fear be in control of your life. This program not only teaches you how to swim…but its principles can be applied in LIFE!” — RO, Sarasota, FL
“Very different than any other lessons that I have taken. I was very happy with this class and I have signed up for the Next Step class.” — BB, Bradenton, FL
“It works when everything else fails.” – DM, Tampa, FL
“Definitely go for it. The principles taught here can be implemented in all aspects of your life. I am grateful I found this class.” — AT, Tampa, FL
“’Miracle Swimming delivers a unique approach to facilitate students’ gaining comfort in the water and their interaction with the water.” — LR, Bradenton, FL
“The Beginning class was wonderful. I was healing not only my fear of water, but of life. It sounds weird coming from a 72 year old woman, but it’s true. Your method of teaching is perfection.” — HA, Cape Coral, FL
SARASOTA, FL, BEGINNING 1 CLASS: MAY 2017: 2 OF 2 STUDENTS (formerly named Ultra-Beginning class)
“Just do it! It’s been a transformational week for me. I feel a mask has been removed and I can now understand water and be myself as I learn comfort and fun as a swimmer. It’s totally worth every minute and I fundamentally feel like a different person!” — JL, Sarasota, FL
“MSA is an entirely unique and effective method of learning to overcome your fear of water. It is unlike traditional swimming classes in many, many ways.” — MAG, Jamestown, NY
SARASOTA, FL, BEGINNING CLASS: APRIL 2017: 8 OF 8 STUDENTS
“Fabulous, wonderful, every accolade you could imagine. It’s personal, effective, and you will be amazed at your ability to overcome and conquer your fears. It is life-changing!” — SW, Rochester, NY
“Amazing! I have made so much progress in this class after having complete failure in other classes. The MSA teaching method is one of a kind.” — JO, Pflugerville, TX
“I feel very positive about the class.” — VF, New York, NY
“Embrace what the 1st Circle really means to you. If you’re not in it, then you don’t move on. Comfort over skills. I will be back.” — CH, Warwickshire, UK
“’This class provides a clinically sound approach, using behavioral cognitive and mindfulness approaches. Its goal is to desensitize fear and give a slow, safe approach to swimming.” — DH, Douglaston, NY
“Awesome type of learning for adults.” — SO, Ontario, CAN
“Course Content: 10/10. Uniqueness of Teaching, Effectiveness of Teaching, Discussions: 10/10.. What worked for me was getting over my fear of deep water.” — TS, Vandalia, IL
“What worked well for me was going slowly and staying calm.” — CC, Gaithersburg, MD
SARASOTA, FL, BEGINNING CLASS: MARCH 2017: 2 OF 2 STUDENTS
“This class is life-changing. You will learn to swim with MSA. My recommendation is to clear your calendar of work and all other commitments while taking the class. No distractions!” — SP, Sarasota, FL
“This class is for everyone who is interested in self-exploring, expanding, and understanding better the relationship with self and others.” — NA, Seattle, WA
SARASOTA, FL, BEGINNING CLASS: FEBRUARY 2017: 4 OF 4 STUDENTS
“So absolutely worthwhile! It has healed some wounds that have burdened me for a very long time. Each session replaced old, hurtful memories with happy, growthful experiences. I love you, Miracle Swimming!” — LT, Indianapolis, IN
“The instruction was terrific – sensitive to the individual needs of each student. The instructional style lets you unfold as a learner.” — MZ, Sarasota, FL
“This class teaches you to avoid the frustration and be yourself.” — NN, Cherry Hill, NJ
“This class was priceless! The instructor and spotter were my angels.” – SM, Houston, TX
SAN FRANCISCO, CA, BEGINNING CLASS: FEBRUARY 2017: 7 OF 7 STUDENTS
“This class has made a tremendous difference in helping me conquer my paralyzing fear of the water. I highly recommend this class without reservation. I was afraid to even put my face in the water initially and have come so far in 4 weeks!” — CW, San Francisco, CA
“I enjoyed this class very much. The instructor was warm and empowering. We had a wonderful group.” — SB, Oakland, CA
“This class was very effective. The discussions helped. The video and book tied in nicely. Learning about the circles ‘worked especially well for me.” — SS, Modesto, CA
“I wish I had taken the class at least 30 years ago when my own children were young.” — JH, Elk grove, CA
“I give my highest rating to the course content, and the instructors teaching style.” — SS, San Francisco, CA
“The individualized instruction worked especially well for me.” — DE, Oakland, CA
“I have the highest level of happiness with this class.” — PY, San Francisco, CA
SARASOTA, FL, BEGINNING CLASS: DECEMBER 2016: 2 OF 2 STUDENTS
“Amazing approach to deconstruct the fear of the water. Do it now! Be open minded and try it!” — SW, Ft. Meyers, FL
“Miracle Swimming provides the safe space that is needed to learn to swim without fear. The approach and teaching methods will support you through the learning process, and you will have so much fun!” — MS, McLean, VA
SARASOTA, FL, BEGINNING CLASS: NOVEMBER 2016: 5 OF 5 STUDENTS
“This class and teaching method are life-changing! I should have discovered Miracle Swimming a long time ago.” — JB, Olney, MD
“I enjoyed it – no anxiety, no pushing, non-judging.” — AB, Sarasota, FL
“The class goes beyond overcoming the fear of water to how to apply a new way of thinking to everyday learning. The tools go way beyond MSA.” — RG, Mooresville, NC
“I loved everything about it.” — MM, Chicago, IL
“If you’re afraid of swimming or think you can’t, this is the class for you.” — JB, Sarasota, FL
PALM SPRINGS, CA, BEGINNING CLASS: OCTOBER 2016: 8 OF 8 STUDENTS
“This class was amazing. Wish I had taken it years ago. I would tell anyone having any fears in the water/swimming, don’t procrastinate! This class is worth the time and every penny.” — MO, Pacifica, CA
“It is truly miraculous. No one can explain how great it feels to be comfortable in water. You have to experience it. Especially after many years of being afraid and failing at other lessons. This one works!” — AL, Portland, OR
“It is life changing. Conquering your fear of water heals so many lifelong hurts.” — DJ, San Diego, CA
“I’ve taken classes elsewhere with negative results. This class is mind blowing. The special approach (method) made all the difference.” –TL, Los Angeles, CA
“I am feeling very thankful to have been a part of this class! Make your plans as soon as possible to take this class!” — YJ, Baltimore, MD
“I wish I’d taken this class sooner. The instructor explained things (about fear, the water, body mechanics) in ways that made so much sense. It made it easy to trust. Learning was fun in ways I never imagined.” — KM, Oakland, CA
“This class was wonderful. I just need to remember how much progress I’ve made. I would tell others to definitely invest in the class, but to set aside your expectations. The #1 goal is to be comfortable with whatever you are doing.” — SBN, Thousand Oaks, CA
“Worth the investment. Don’t delay!” — AC, Denver, CO
SARASOTA, FL, MSOS BEGINNING CLASS: OCTOBER 2016: 5 OF 5 STUDENTS
“The class gets to the heart of why we could not swim. I thought I was afraid of the water, but I found I mistrusted the water. This class helps my relationship to water which will make swimming easier.” –BP, Sarasota, FL
“I feel good about this class. I have talked with others about Miracle Swimming and I think it is great.” –MJ, Sarasota, FL
“I enjoyed my class. I have never gotten into water, like that, before. I would recommend this class very much.” –LF, Sarasota, FL
“I would recommend this class to anyone.” –CY, Sarasota, FL
‘I rate my happiness with this class as a “10.” –DL, Sarasota, FL
SAN FRANCISCO, CA, BEGINNING CLASS: OCTOBER 2016: 8 OF 8 STUDENTS
“I am so very glad to take this class. It is probably the best money I’ve spent in the last 10 years. I feel like it was a great investment in myself and my well-being.” — CL, Richmond, CA
“Sorry I didn’t take it 10 years ago when I first learned about it. I worked at my own pace and made more progress than I expected.” — MP, San Francisco, CA
“Don’t wait. It was surprisingly easy, once I let myself do it. As a dancer, I was delighted to move in 3D and to explore in 3D.” — YB, Berkeley, CA
“Awesome experience! The system works!!” — AP, San Francisco, CA
“This course was interesting and cleared up questions for me. ‘The discussions provided a’ good time to reflect and share same feelings. I can go in the water! ‘And I am’ more confident.” — SJ, Oakland, CA
“Very effective! Love the focus on addressing core beliefs.” — BG, San Francisco, CA
“Excellent approach! Really works.” — SP, San Francisco, CA
“Everything was great! I liked just trying things out, being able to discover and going slow.” — AL, Richmond, CA
AUSTIN, TX, BEGINNING CLASS: SEPTEMBER 2016: 8 OF 8 STUDENTS
“Forget everything you think you know and follow the Miracle Swimming system to the success in water you have always sought. Follow this system while putting yourself first for one week and you cannot fail.” — LW, Hutto, TX
“An excellent teaching philosophy that works for just about everything in life.” — MR, Corinth, TX
“The class is wonderful. Being a non-swimmer coming in, I gained some great knowledge this week. Our discussions were very engaging… I am extremely satisfied.” — MS, League City, TX
“I came with an open mind and a huge desire to succeed. The method and instruction helped me be successful. I had searched the internet looking for answers and hope to “get over” my fear. I only wish I could have found Miracle Swimming years ago.” –DK, Houston, TX
“This is the only way to learn swimming. You will become a believer.” — VB, Portland, TX
“This class is a necessity for anyone desiring to not only conquer fear; but, to relearn previous traditional swimming patterns.” — VC, Spring, TX
“If you want to change the way you deal with water, to be friendly with water, take ‘this class’.” — HK, Isogo-ku, Yokohama, Japan
“The discussions were surprisingly helpful. Very much worth the time and money.” — KO, Anchorage, AK
SARASOTA, FL, BEGINNING CLASS: AUGUST 2016: 8 OF 8 STUDENTS
“More spotters would have helped, especially because everyone is in a unique place in their learning. I will definitely recommend this course to others.” –SS, Stamford, CT
“Love the concept. We had great facilitators. I made some small leaps, but not comfortable yet – deep water needs more exploration time.” –PJ, Fort Meyers Beach, FL
“The approach to various skills was excellent. Perhaps it would be better to have class in an indoor pool so that the class schedule is not affected by the weather.” –SS, Urbana, IL
“I would tell others that the class was very good and the unique teaching method is a wonderful and effective approach to conquering fear of water. The spotter helped me with my back float. She was helpful and patient.” –SH, Bloomsburg, PA
These four things worked especially well for me: “One-on-one instruction, surface diving, getting out of a float and venturing in the deep water.” –CH, Smyrna, GA
“Do it all. I give a highest rating for the course content, handbook, uniqueness and effectiveness of MSA teach and discussions.” –MP, Sarasota, FL
“I liked it a lot, but the class needs commitment from the students. It does not work if the student refuses to get into the water!” –DS, Urbana, IL
“Do not expect a “miracle.” In order to learn to swim, and OVERCOME FEAR, you will have to do what may be unpleasant for you. Success may not be accomplished in 5 days.” –PK, Longboat Key, FL
SARASOTA, FL, BEGINNING CLASS: JULY, 2016: 3 of 3 STUDENTS
“Most definitely worth the time and money. Everything that was promised about having fun and learning at your own pace was true every day.” –MB, Marietta, GA
“Liberating, exciting, revealing, stupendous. If you have fear in the water, definitely take this class. Even if you don’t fear the water, the course teaches you principles to apply to other aspects of life and your own freedom in the water. Well worth the price.” –AB, Bradenton, FL
“Beautiful new pool!! This class is like no other. It should not be called a class since it doesn’t adhere to the usual class rules. It’s more like a swim understanding.” –BM, Chadds Ford, PA
SARASOTA, FL, BEGINNING CLASS: JUNE, 2016: 6 of 6 STUDENTS
“I am very pleased with the course. Thank you. I will be back for the Next Step class. I would have benefited from having a better understanding in advance of how far I could expect to develop in the week.” –MK, New York, NY
“I absolutely loved the class and I would highly recommend it to anyone where swimming lessons failed for them. The fact that I could go slow and take the time to feel and relax worked well for me.” –PT, Green Cove Spring, FL
“Slowly, calmly, and completely teaches you how to get out of your own way (mentally.) This class guides you on the path to freedom by helping you embrace the moment, the environment and your own well-being.” –JL, Hull, MA
“A very good class. The pace was a bit slower than expected. It’s helpful to be in a class with people who have the same thoughts and fears as yourself.” –DM, Eden Prairie, MN
“I admire the process of addressing the mind-set first, and the mechanics of swimming second. Little games made big results, built confidence.” –HF, Sarasota, FL
“It is a miracle and I’m so glad I took this course. I have no regrets. Anyone who takes this course is sure to receive a myriad of breakthroughs–as sure as the dawn!” –CS, St. Petersburg, FL
SARASOTA, FL, MSOS BEGINNING CLASS: JUNE, 2016: 4 of 4 STUDENTS
“Almost everything you fear about adult swimming programs is dispelled in this program. It was amazing how small steps led to big breakthroughs and results! The comfort, feeling of safety, great trust in myself and by the Instructor was incredible…priceless. The principles of eliminating fear from your life can be applied to many other areas of your life!”—PM, Sarasota, FL
What worked well for me: “Learning to get rid of fear of water – being comfortable and trusting.” Did not work well: “At times my own mental block.” PA, Sarasota, FL
“This class is so special, unique. Designed to let you go at your own pace, no pressure, only comfort. In fact, they insist on it!” –RB, Sarasota, FL
“I was very impressed with the teaching procedures and process. No rushing or pushing forward until ready.”—NP, Sarasota, FL
SARASOTA, FL, ULTRA-BEGINNING CLASS: MAY, 2016: 2 of 2 STUDENTS
“This is probably the best approach available for getting comfortable with the water. One has to be willing to take some risks, but this course makes that easier. Confidence builds slowly and you have to be realistic about what you will accomplish.” –MS, Washington, DC
“Things that worked well for me in this class were the 2-foot pool, the holding bars in the pool plus the games and toys. Let people know—don’t plan any activities during classes and drink plenty of water and eat fruit.” –JDR, Arlington, VA
SARASOTA, FL, MSOS BEGINNING CLASS: MAY 2016: 4 OF 6 STUDENTS
“This class was exactly what I needed and I would absolutely recommend it.” –DJ, Sarasota, FL
“Class was awesome.” –RJ, Sarasota, FL
“I’m glad I ‘forced’ myself to take this class. I’ve learned some things about the water and gained some confidence.” –BM, Bradenton, FL
“Go for it!” –LS, Sarasota, FL
SARASOTA, FL, BEGINNING CLASS: APRIL, 2016: 8 OF 8 STUDENTS
“I was unsure at first and very nervous, but everyone made me feel very comfortable and at ease. MSA is the only school that I have ever heard of in the U.S. that teaches adults who are afraid in water to swim.” –DO, St Louis, MO
“This class meets you where you are, in your relationship with the water. They know how water works and what it takes to become comfortable with water and with oneself.” –MFF, Cleveland, OH
“Students are understandable skeptical, but believe me, by the end of the first day, that skepticism will be replaced by belief, excitement, awe and hope!” –SH, Smyrna, GA
“I’ve enjoyed the class and have accomplished some things I thought wouldn’t be possible when I began. I would have liked more of an agenda, so that I know where I am in the MSA process.” –SP, Poinciana, FL
“I am very impressed with the MSA method–teaching you a new skill without “teaching” or “preaching,” sometimes without even realizing you are acquiring a new skill.” –VS, Houston, TX
“I am very pleased with this class. The method is revolutionary and fascinating. The class, last year and this year, has been deeply important to me and healing. In a perfect world, the class would’ve had one to two fewer students, there would have been on additional spotter, and the one male student would not have been the most frequent speaker.” –RS, Brookline, MA
“Taking this class was the best decision I have ever made. I wish I had done it sooner.” –JG, Raleigh, NC
“This is a unique, no nonsense way to cut through barriers—barriers you didn’t know you have. There is a clear lack of pressure and no expectations of “standard” goals.” –OC, Brookline, MA
SAN FRANCISCO, CA BEGINNING CLASS: FEBRUARY, 2016: 8 OF 8 STUDENTS
“Good balance between having my own time and working with the instructor or spotter. Outstanding, inspiring and fun classmates! The instructor is super. He knows how to make students feel comfortable and pays great attention to everyone’s specific needs. I am still blown away by how much fun I am having conquering my deepest fear in life.” –BL, San Francisco, CA
“This truly is a miracle swimming course. Breakthroughs happened in every single class. Progress occurred organically, with skills learned in one session expanding naturally and seamlessly into more advanced skills in the subsequent session.” –NH, San Francisco, CA
“The slow-it-down pace worked well for me. Being surrounded by people who are having the same experience. I am shocked at the level of comfort I feel in the water, ESPECIALLY now that “the middle part of the deep end” no longer holds the same fear it did 8 sessions ago. I recommend this class 100%. It’s worth every penny.” –TH, Oakland, CA
“It is interesting to hear each other’s impressions, but what I find most useful are specific questions and what is extremely useful is to hear the instructor’s explanations and observations. The instructors one on one time was especially helpful. He could quickly spot and assess ones “problems” and help. He is extremely patient yet efficient. The class lives up to its claims. I think it is consistent in the messages it presents.” –RP, San Francisco, CA
“This class was well organized and covered all of the areas that we needed to learning to swim. It was different from other classes. This is more detailed. This method corrects our mistakes very effectively. I liked our discussions. We could talk about our problems. I learned things in the shallow end that I used in the deep part of the pool. I didn’t do well in bobbing that’s me I need to understand it more and practice it more. The instructors teaching style made me understand what I was doing right or wrong. I feel this is a course that is needed for people like me. I will tell others that have a difficult time learning to swim.” –RC, Oakland, CA
“Just the fact that you are encouraged to slow down worked well for me. The instructor excels at communicating that and it was the most crucial aspect for me. Take the class. Period. It is hard to explain what it “feels” like to have the option to slow down. It’s transformative.” –GC, Palo Alto, CA
“Deep water worked especially well for me even though I need more practice. The nose clip did not work well. It’s a very good class. I highly recommend it to everyone.” –SF, Oakland, CA
“The instructor’s patience, simplicity of class and noncompetitive nature worked especially well for me. I thought we could have discussed the book more. Loved it! Worth every penny.” –SS, Saratoga, CA
SARASOTA, FL, BEGINNING CLASS: FEBRUARY, 2016: 8 OF 8 STUDENTS
“I would encourage my non-swimming friends to come. It is truly learning while having fun.” –LC, Wilmington, DE
“I’m happy I took the class. Money well spent. What I learned here was priceless. I’ve accomplished more in my first class than I did after years and years of traditional swim “classes”. –VH, Orlando, FL
“Very satisfied, I feel good about it.” –JV, Utrecht, Netherlands
“I would encourage any adult to take this class, especially if they fear getting into deep water.” –BG, Cape Girardeau, MO
“Melon is coach, teacher, counselor, and therapist. She is a “miracle worker”. I am so glad I put aside all reservations and took the risk.” –BW, Aldie, VA
“I had fun, which I know Miracle Swimming promises, but I still didn’t expect it–fun and swim lessons just did not compute!” –KK, Union, Kentucky
“It’s wonderful to have a solid week to focus on swimming. I would highly recommend blocking out the time. It works.” –MO, Guildford, CN
“If you’ve felt the frustration of speeding through a traditional swim class and fretting the whole time, then Miracle Swimming is for you.” –LJ, Belleville, IL
SAN FRANCISCO, CA, BEGINNING CLASS: NOVEMBER, 2015: 8 OF 8 STUDENTS
“…How easily it helped me to get over my fears!”–GS, Berkeley, CA
“Excellent, perfect. The method is very well thought out, very supportive.”–GD, Berkeley, CA
“This class will get you comfortable in the water at any depth.”–BS, Berkeley, CA
“This class is not just a place to “face your fear of water”, it is a life transforming class that will teach you to move through water with joy and confidence…just as it should be in all we do in life.”–MO, Hayward, CA
“A different approach to teaching. It was great.”–TR, Berkeley, CA
“Well worth it.”–DJ, Antioch, CA
“This class is the best thing I have ever done for myself. I never thought this class would open so many doors in my soul and bring me so much peace. The same way fear took me over, the peace I found in the water is spreading all over my being. I’d recommend this class, no doubt.”–CH, Pittsburg, CA
“Miracle! After multiple attempts to learn to swim, I think I am finally on the road to a life filled with swimming.”- JF, San Francisco, CA
NEW YORK CITY, NEW YORK, BEGINNING CLASS: NOVEMBER, 2015: 5 OF 5 STUDENTS
“I am a swimmer!” –RR, Brooklyn, NY
“This class changed my life, helped me to conquer my fear in water.” –MA, Staten Island, NY
“The whole method worked for me. I love the way we weren’t rushed and all our questions were answered…and by not rushing it just somehow came to me. Take it! You won’t regret it.” –RD, Oak Gardens, NY
“10!” –VC, Brooklyn, NY
“It was so much better than traditional swimming classes. Learning how the body relates to water is transformational. Patience, slow process makes a huge difference.” –BC, Port Washington, NY
SARASOTA, FL, BEGINNING CLASS: NOVEMBER, 2015: 4 OF 4 STUDENTS
“10!” –SG, Cockeysville, MD
“I am very happy I found the book and website and made the decision to sign up. My anxiety level was high at the beginning but was able to overcome it through the help of the instructor and spotters.” –AP, Norfolk, VA
“I believe in the “5 circles” method and also relate to the “mind, body, spirit” as presented in the book.”–BH, Duluth, GA
“Definitely worth the time, money and resources.” –JJ, Lorton, VA
PALM SPRINGS, CA, BEGINNING CLASS: OCTOBER, 2015: 9 0F 9 STUDENTS
“It’s hard to imagine the class being any more effective, the instructor/student ratio was very conducive to learning.” –ZH, Corona, CA
“Exceptional. There does not seem to be any other programs that effectively deal with adult swimmers that have fears/phobias of water.” –JC, Yucaipa, CA
“Fabulous, Fabulous, Fabulous! I would highly recommend it. This is real teaching and the only way to learn to swim.” –GS, Novato, CA
“I feel like I have a whole new life to live and am so excited for it! Don’t wait!” –AM, Mill Valley, CA
“Amazing!” –AS, Santa Monica, CA
“Best decision I ever made. Had a great time learning to be free in water. Definitely going to take another next class.” –EC, San Dimas, CA
“I have been applauding this class since day one. I’ve already asked and encouraged my “non-swimming”, aqua phobic friends to take this class and am giving this class to my daughter as a graduation gift.” –FH, Corona, CA
“It is a great class.” –NA, Alshabhiyah, Kuwait
“I’m sure Melon’s philosophy would be a great enhancement for swimmers regardless of their level of experience, but for fearful adults and beginners, there could not be a more thorough approach. It works!!!” –MM, Beverly Hills, CA
PALM SPRINGS, CA, BEGINNING CLASS: OCTOBER EARLY, 2015: 3 OF 3 STUDENTS
“This class is changing my life. It will allow me to live a fuller and more complete life. My progress has been light years in 5 days!” –JA, San Francisco, CA
“Love the class and instructor, will tell other non-swimmers of its gentleness” –SC, Covina, CA
“Spending the time and money on this class was one of the best investments I have ever made.” –FP, Santa Monica, CA
SAN FRANCISCO, CA, BEGINNING CLASS: OCTOBER, 2015: 4 OF 4 STUDENTS
“Wonderful; don’t wait too long!” –VC, El Cerrito, CA
“I believe this class works because everyone works at his/her own pace. No pressure.” –CH, San Carlos, CA
“It was a unique experience and I definitely felt I made more progress in this class than any other I had as a child. I felt a lot of compassion and understanding from the instructor and the course structure.” –EN, San Francisco, CA
“This way of teaching swimming truly is miraculous! Don’t hesitate, especially if you’ve failed before.” –FA, Oakland, CA
NEW YORK CITY, NEW YORK, BEGINNING CLASS: SEPTEMBER, 2015: 6 OF 6
“Supportive and helpful…the material was presented well…then repeated.” –JE, NYC, NY
“The work is in internalizing the philosophy, not in the mechanics. If you can do that, it works.” — NM, NYC, NY
“I would definitely recommend this class.” –RK, NYC, NY
“The class worked really well for me.” –TT, Larchmont, NY
“Based on the reputation, there is a positive belief coming in. To me the most important element was discussing our fears. It is like therapy, it was important to talk about it and deal with it.” –LG, Washington, DC
“This class was great and I would tell others the hardest step is signing up. Just do it.” –TS, Groton, CN
SARASOTA, FL, BEGINNING CLASS: SEPTEMBER, 2015: 6 OF 6 STUDENTS
“This class lives up to all of its claims…others have already been told about the class!” –JJ, Richmond, TX
“I was so glad to take this class! This is how everyone should have learned how to swim.” –AG, St. Petersburg, FL
“THANK YOU!! …This class was worth taking!” –AM, Watertown, MA
“I feel this class was the best I have ever taken. I love the method of teaching, the instructor and spotters were great. I was able to remain in my comfort zone.” — JM, New Orleans, LA
“This class freed me. I would never have learned the skills I have here in a traditional swim course, I know because I have taken other courses and not been successful. Two words to anyone considering Miracle Swimming – Take it!” –CW, Richmond, TX
“Highly recommended – it works!”–BG, St. Petersburg, FL
SARASOTA, FL, BEGINNING CLASS: AUGUST, 2015: 7 OF 7 STUDENTS
“This class was the only place I ever felt comfortable learning, and I had amazing instructors.” –LS, NY, NY
“This class was very liberating. I would encourage anyone who fears being in the water, to take this class. It is worth every penny.” –LG, Greenville, TX
“This was an excellent way to work on overcoming fear. I learned not to compare my progress with that of others.” –SB, Indian Trail, NC
“I learned to slow down and be comfortable in the water.” –CO, Brookline, MA
“This class has changed my life. What I do for the next 20-30 years will start with this class!” –VL, Long Beach, CA
“The concept of learning to be safe in the water, before learning strokes was important.” –SH, Austin, TX
“I made a lot of progress in conquering my fear of water in a very short period of time. I still have much more I want to accomplish, so I plan to take another Miracle Swimming class in the future.” –SH, Bloomsburg, PA
SARASOTA, FL, BEGINNING CLASS: JULY 15-19, 2015: 7 OF 7 STUDENTS
“This was truly a life changing experience. While other programs focus entirely on swimming mechanics, Miracle Swimming for Adults takes a holistic approach, focusing on one’s self.” –FM, Venice, FL
“The unique teaching approach made learning easy and comfortable. I recommend reading the book before starting class.” –RH, Miami, FL
“I learned to go slowly, not push, stay in my body, feel comfortable, relax and most importantly – have fun!.” –CD, Edgewater, NY
“I give this class high scores.” –JB, Oxnard, CA
“This was an amazing experience. It is the only way to overcome fear of deep water and learn to swim. The focus is calm and healing.” –LP, Chevy Chase, MD
“Hearing other people’s fears and challenges was invaluable to my learning. The class was fun with no pressure. Each student is free to explore swimming at their own pace.” –CS, Arlington, VA
“If you have taken other swimming classes and are still not comfortable in water, this is the program you need. It’s amazing and it works!” –SA, Lakewood Ranch, FL SARASOTA, FL,
BEGINNING CLASS: JULY 8-12, 2015: 4 OF 4 STUDENTS
“This class was unique and deals with your relationship with the water. I feel the value would be maximized if taking Next Step class soon after.” –KR, Sangre Grande, Trinidad and Tobago
“The one-on-one instruction and the support of the teachers and classmates helped me tremendously. There was no pushing.” –RE, Sarasota, FL
“This class was great. If you have fear or nervousness in the water, this is the class to take.” –LR, Garland, TX
“Follow the instructor’s advice and stay in yourself.” –LT, Douglasville, GA
SARASOTA, FL, BEGINNING CLASS: JUNE, 2015: 4 OF 4 STUDENTS
“This class is the only way to learn how to swim. I am no longer afraid of the water.” –FL, Sarasota, FL
“Amazing experience. The key truly is to go slowly and stay true to yourself!” –SB, Webster Groves, MI
“I am now able to back float. I still struggle with floating in deep water.” –HA, Sarasota, FL
“This program worked for me. I loved it! I am eager for more lessons.” –SS, University Park, FL
SAN FRANCISCO, CA, BEGINNING CLASS: JUNE, 2015: 6 OF 6 STUDENTS
“If you have any fears about water, this is the class to take!” –RP, San Francisco, CA
“I was skeptical of its effectiveness when I signed up for the class. I was given the freedom to learn at my own pace. I would encourage anyone who is on the fence to go for it!.” –SM, San Francisco, CA
“I am a lot more comfortable in deep water but would have preferred at least 2 additional weekends to practice in deep water.” –PS, San Francisco, CA
“This class is life changing. As someone who has struggled with swimming for the past ten years, it is exhilarating to jump into the deep end of a pool without fear.” –UR, San Francisco, CA
“A very positive experience. I learned I must be comfortable in the water – something I have never been taught before.” –CR, Milpitas, CA
“The instructors were excellent! They were very patient and extremely easy to follow.” –AS, Sunnyvale, CA
SARASOTA, FL, ULTRA BEGINNING CLASS: MAY, 2015: 5 OF 5 STUDENTS
“I am thrilled to have discovered this method of learning. It has opened the world to me.” –MGC, Wellesley, MA
“It is truly a revolutionary way to learn to swim.” –LF, Hawley, PA
“All swim classes should be taught in this manner. It addresses all of your fears and teaches you to be calm, stay in your body and not panic. It works!” –IK, Port Charlotte, FL
“The techniques we learned are appropriate for every level. The program helps you to gain confidence while in the water.” –SB, Miami, FL
“I learned that playing makes you focus while you are in the water. I would have liked more time in the pool and less time in the discussion group.” –EA, San Pedro Sula, Honduras
SARASOTA, FL, BEGINNING CLASS: APRIL, 2015: 8 OF 8 STUDENTS
“I came shaking in my boots because of my fears and I am leaving totally free of those fears. There is nothing like this class. It is very effective and life changing.” –WF, Apopka, FL
“Good student/staff ratio. This program works!” –PF, Gulfport, FL
“This was a transformational experience. Everyone went at their own pace. “Be” vs. “Do” plus “Fun” shows anyone can learn, it is not a competition.” –YM, Lusby, MD
“This was the first time I have ever felt that my fear was understood, respected and overcome.” –Calgary, CAN
“Unmitigated disaster. I give the course content and the uniqueness of MSI teaching high scores, but I am still undecided about my long term goals concerning swimming.” –ER, Brooklyn, NY (ER did not follow our system.)
“I truly enjoyed every minute of this class. The skills I learned will serve me in so many areas of my life.” –CS, Sarasota, FL
“I learned to slow down and stay in the circle. I wish I had more one-on-one time with the instructor.” –SA, Irmo, SC
“This program was great. I will use what I learned in class at home.” –SM, Birmingham, AL
NEW YORK CITY, NEW YORK, BEGINNING CLASS: APRIL, 2015: 8 OF 8 STUDENTS
“I liked having someone there, making sure I was safe. This class really helps people who are afraid of water and I feel more confident in the water, now.” –IM, NY, NY
“It would be great if we had a smaller, laminated version of the student handbook, to take in the pool with us.” –KP, NY, NY
“I am amazed at what I have accomplished. This was simply a miracle. I would totally recommend this class to anyone who is afraid.” –SF, Brooklyn, NY
“I should have taken this class before. I have spent lots of money on swimming lessons and I was never at ease in the pool.” –JS, NY, NY
“Taking time to establish comfort and security were the essential aspects of this class. I thought the student handbook could be updated.” –CL, Brooklyn, NY
“I would recommend this class for people who have a true phobia of water. I was able to become comfortable in the water and utilize certain tools to prevent me from panicking.” –RB, NY, NY
“I learned how to not lose my thoughts to panic and to become comfortable in the water. I would tell anyone to remain open minded and trust the process.” –LT, East Elmhurst, NY
“This class has given me more hope than I ever had. My advice to others: if you have tried other classes and gotten discouraged, but you still really want to learn to swim, take this class!” –MB, Bryn Mawr, PA
Sarasota, FL, Beginning Class: February, 2015: 4 of 4 students
“My fear of water, was my deepest fear and shame. This week of Miracle Swimming took me from terror on entering a pool to propelling in water. Me – Swimming. I thought those two words would never co-exist in the same sentence. Not in this lifetime! But the instructor was always there, celebrating each baby step with me.” –RS, Brookline, MA
“I am amazed at how simple and effective the teachings of Miracle Swimming are. I realized how applicable the teachings are to other areas of my life. I believe that public schools should require these classes in their physical education programs.” –JB, Sarasota, FL
“This class was amazing. It helped me tremendously and the instructor was so patient with me.” –AS, Round Rock, TX
“I want to be more comfortable in deep water. I am not there yet, but given more time, I am sure I will attain my goals. I wish there were weekend classes so that I could practice the skills that I learned in class.” –VK, Apollo Beach, FL
Albany, CA, Beginning Class: February, 2015: 7 of 7 students
“This class was just what I needed with a one of a kind teaching method. I would recommend this class to anyone afraid of water. I consider it to be the best $1300 that I ever spent, worth every penny. I can’t wait to take the Next Step class.” — LS, Oakdale, CA
“The course content and handbook learning material are excellent and great for a beginner. This was an outstanding class and a wonderful experience. The approach is unique and makes it easy for anyone afraid of water.” — DB, Walnut Creek, CA
“I am now curious – not frightened – of water. My dialog and self-talk concerning water is new to me. I am now using the methodology in other areas of my life – Like TRAFFIC!” — DL, Pacifica, CA
“I learned that swimming is about being “in” your body. To attain the skills, one must take everything slowly. Most of all “having fun” is vital in swimming. This class is highly recommended.” — AR, El Cerrito, CA
“I am amazed at how well the Miracle Swimming program works.” — VR, Alamo, CA
“I would definitely recommend this class to others.” –VN, San Francisco, CA
“The instructor’s teaching style helped me and I was able to learn at my own pace.” — MS, San Mateo, CA
AUSTRALIA, BEGINNING CLASS: JANUARY, 2015: 3 OF 3 STUDENTS
“Take this class. Do it NOW! Don’t wait. This is freedom, and you deserve it.” –SC, Cromer, NSW Australia
“I highly recommend this class. It’s a must do.” –EK, Sydney, NSW Australia
“This class was everything I’d hoped for.” –SR, West Footscray, Victoria Australia
New York City, NY, Beginning Class: January, 2015: 7 of 7 students
“The continuous encouragement of the instructors to remain in my body and to be present at all times … helped me tremendously. The instruction took me to a level I thought was virtually unachievable.” –HF, Brooklyn, NY
“This is a great class for adult swimmers who have suffered through years of fear. This program focuses on being comfortable in the water as opposed to just learning strokes” –WR, Oakland Gardens, NY
“This is an excellent, natural way of learning, and it’s anxiety-free!!” –HF, NY, NY
“I am 100% happy with this class. The instructors exhibited patience and the practice techniques helped me tremendously.” –JF, Hamilton, NJ
“The class discussions helped me clarify the specific things that I am fearful about and helped me focus on them. I am completely satisfied with this class.” –SP, Enterprise, OR
“The instructors and their teaching style are excellent. I have learned that ultimately, you must embrace and surrender to the Miracle Swimming teach method.” –MM, Bloomfield, NJ
“Better to have swum and fallen than never to have swum!” KD, Brooklyn, NY (she fell and had to miss the rest of class!)
Albany, CA, Beginning Class: November, 2014: 9 of 10 students (one more expected)
“We had a truly gifted and inspired instructor and wonderful spotters. Without them, the class would not have worked for me as well as it did. I never felt pushed by anyone. Trust developed slowing and in a real way.” –JP, Berkeley, CA
“This class was extremely effective. Focusing on feeling safe and comfortable in the water (and not on swimming skills) defines the uniqueness of the Miracle Swimming program. Afraid adults who have used every excuse in the book for not getting in the water should take this course.” –PJ, El Cerrito, CA
“This was a big financial stretch for me and it was totally worth it! I don’t really understand how it works, but it does. I wish I had done this 25 years ago.” –DD, Richmond, CA
“I feel great about this class and I made a lot of progress in conquering my fear of deep water. I would tell others thinking of taking the class that it is worth the time and expense.” — JC, West Sacramento, CA
“The method of teaching was very unique and inspiring. Very well done. I highly recommend the Miracle Swimming class to others.” –RG, San Jose, CA
“The teaching technique is excellent. The instructor did a great job for all of us.” –ED, Albany, CA
“I am very happy that I took this class.” –KC, Martinez, CA
“The discussion part of the class worked especially well for me. On a scale from one to ten, I would rate the uniqueness of the MS Teaching as a 9, the effectiveness as an 8 and my happiness with the class as an 8.” –AF, San Francisco, CA
“Transformational!” –KJ, Fremont, CA
Palm Springs, CA, Beginning Class: November, 2014; 11 of 11 students
“This class was outstanding. I never thought I could overcome my fear of water. Don’t waste your time or money on any other class. This class works! I am a living testament to this.” –RM, Fresno, CA
“This class allowed for a great deal of self discovery. I am happy to have taken this class and I look forward to the Next Step class, next week.” — CS, Juneau, AK
“The price of the class made me gulp at first, but after 24 hours of instruction and 51 years of fear, I found it to be PRICELESS! The instructor knows how to teach and explain new ideas and skills in an easy to understand way.” –TP, Nyssa, OR
“This is a very safe program run by the most caring and capable people, who envelope you in a cocoon of safety and trust. You are allowed to be vulnerable.” –MR, Laguna Beach, CA
“I found the personal attention plus the ‘before and after’ evaluations extremely helpful.” –BP, Santa Clara, CA
“The patience and psychology behind this class helped me the most. This class was great. Just do it!” –VM, Milwaukie, OR
“The class was very effective. I look forward to taking more classes.” –DP, Los Angeles, CA
“I was extremely happy with this class.” –GE, Garberville, CA
“This is a great class, unlike any that I have ever found. It is unique and very effective.” –BK, Aliso Viejo, CA
“I am very happy with this experience and my accomplishments.” –CP, Los Angeles, CA
“This class was excellent.” –BR, Ontario, CA
Boston, MA, Beginning Class: October, 2014: 7 of 7 students
“This class changed my life, completely changed how I feel about teaching adults how to swim. I am convinced that this method is the best.” –DG, Jamaica Plain, MA
“This class was great beyond words. I wish all swimming instructors could know this method and embrace it. I experienced so much joy!” –NN, Concord, MA
“This class changed my concept of learning; doing it slowly is good. ‘Do not push yourself’ is true. Being in your body is the key. This class was transformative for me.” –VW, Newton, MA
“I have been looking at the Miracle Swimming Institute website for about a year and am so glad I finally took the class. It not only works as promised, but it was so much fun along the way.” –DR, Philadelphia, PA
“If other classes haven’t worked, give this one a try. It’s like no other class. Its focus is on comfort in the water and letting things come naturally.” –AP, Dedham, MA
“I’d recommend the class even to people who don’t necessarily have fear of water but just want to learn to swim slowly, from step one.” –LC, Revere, MA
“It’s easy, fun, instructive and encouraging.” –FS, Greenville, RI
Sarasota, FL, Ultra Beginning Class: September, 2014; 4 of 4 students
“You are able to remain focused on your own progress and celebrate each milestone without feeling you have to compare yourself to others.” –AM, The Bronx, NY
“It was fabulous! Life-changing! I wanted to feel ease and comfort in shallow and deep water. There wasn’t enough time for me to feel ease in deep water because we didn’t spend much time there [ultra-beginning class].” –DG, Sarasota, FL
“This class gives you permission to work at a comfortable pace and move forward when you are ready.” –JK, Cape Coral, FL
“I feel like I am on the path of becoming a comfortable swimmer.” –MA, Arlington, VA
New York, NY, Beginning Class: September, 2014; 8 of 8 students
“This class was wonderful, possibly life-changing. Anyone with even the slightest discomfort in water should take this class.” –FS, New York City, NY
“The class changed the way I viewed my relationship with water. I feel much more comfortable and look forward to all the exciting things I can do now that I have this freedom.” –YM, Washington, D.C.
“I feel great about the class; I’ve been looking forward to it for years and I haven’t been disappointed. I would encourage others to take it as a way to get a look at why swimming is a natural human behavior.” –RW, New York City, NY
“This class is perhaps the best thing I have ever done for myself.” –JL, Bronxville, NY
“I found this class very helpful. Being encouraged to discuss our experience both in class and outside of class was an integral part to understand how we related to water.” –BG, Brooklyn, NY
“Well worth it.” –DN, New York City, NY
“I feel really good about it.” –CR, Hartsdale, NY
“I thought it was great!” –ET, New York City, NY
San Francisco, CA, Beginning Class: August, 2014; 4 of 4 students
“It has enhanced my life on several levels. I found my relationship with water has been a metaphor for other aspects of my life. I am applying the MSI principal of “taking it slow, being in my body and having fun” to the rest of my life.” –SR, San Francisco, CA
“This is a must for people who have certain beliefs about water and cannot swim.” –SR, San Francisco, CA
“This class was a Godsend, because I can now comfortably back-float and cannonball into the pool!” –WK, San Francisco, CA
“I am ecstatic about my progress. It’s been a lifelong dream of mine to be comfortable in the water. Although I am not there yet, I can see that there is a possibility, provided I continue to work on it.” –HS, Pasadena, CA
Sarasota, FL, Beginning Class: August, 2014; 4 of 4 students
“I feel healed from decades of shame. I wish I had done this years ago.” –JW, Henrico, VA
“Before starting this class, I was convinced that I would fail. After session seven, I was able to propel myself across the 45-foot pool without difficulty. Amazing!” –RW, Safety Harbor, FL
“When I stayed in my body and practiced, things worked and I became comfortable. If I skipped part of a skill, things fell apart and my old panic came back.” –DS, Sarasota
“Since the class, I’ve convinced my instructor at home to read your book and maybe take your instructor training. I loved the class. The discussions were helpful. They helped me understand that I was not alone.” –SL, Columbia, MD
Sarasota, FL, Beginning Class: July, 2014; 10 of 10 students
“I can’t imagine this class being any more effective. It was all about helping us to uncover what was inside us and to help us tap into our own strengths, which had been buried in and obscured by fear. These are lessons which I will cherish forever.” –TW, Shrewsbury, NJ
“It’s a miracle! If you fear deep water, this course is for you.” –SK, Venice, FL
“This class is a gift to yourself and to your friends and family. You can embody these teachings in all aspects of life.” –SB, Oakville, Ontario, Canada
“It’s been the most unique course I’ve ever taken or participated in. ‘Conquering your fear’ — how truly and really this phrase describes this class. This class/course gets to the root of the obstacles that have prevented me from wanting to learn to swim. There is an overwhelming feeling of acceptance and safety, real caring from the staff.” –KW, Port Charlotte, FL
“I would encourage anyone to take this class. It has been truly transforming, both in and out of the water. I’ll be back for more.” –LT, Indianapolis, IN
“It is a great class. It not only helped me see water or swimming differently, but also life in general. Great breakthroughs!” –AS, Bradenton, FL
“Frankly, this class has exceeded my expectations. It delivers exactly what is promised, providing one has a clear understanding what the actual focus of the course is.” –AW, Forest Hills, NY
“Amazing approach to helping people overcome fear on their own timeline.” –LP, Chevy Chase, MD
“The class formula is unique and the system works amazingly well.” –KF, Forest Hills, NY
“I loved the class.” –JF, Sarasota, FL
San Francisco, CA, Beginning Class: June, 2014; 6 of 6 students
“This class was life-changing for me and I am so glad I had the time to do it. I do plan to take the Next Steps class so that I can become free in deep water.” –MN, Larkspur, CA
“This is the best choice for adults learning to swim. It will not only help you learn, but also give you a positive attitude towards water, which will help and motivate you to keep swimming.” –KS, Burlingame, CA
“I had some hesitations about the price, but it was completely worth it. I never imagined I could make as much progress as I did in such a short amount of time.” –TL, Richmond, CA
“Great way to get me comfortable in the water.” –SN, Oakland, CA
“Great class. I was able to overcome my fear of the deep water and feel free. Looking forward to more times in the water.” –JF, San Francisco, CA
“Caring instructor; like-minded group; well-tested method; warm pool. But some spotters didn’t seem as experienced and I felt somewhat uncomfortable.” –NL, San Mateo, CA
Sarasota, FL Beginning Class June, 2014, 8 of 8 students
“I feel released from trauma!” MP, Chicago, IL
“Definitely take this class if you are afraid in water. This method of teaching exceeds any other class.” SS, Land ‘O Lakes, FL
“I never felt pressured to try anything I wasn’t ready to try. I’m doing things I haven’t been able to do my whole life. It’s exactly what it says: a miracle.” SF, Sarasota, FL
“This class has been life changing.” SH, Tallahassee, FL
“This class worked well for me by helping me to slow down.” TB, Tuscaloosa, AL
“This class was the best thing that’s happened to me.” VS, Land ‘O Lakes, FL
“Fifty years of fear won’t be completely erased in 5 days, but I’ve done some things in deep water with this class that I would never have done without it.” –MG, Las Vegas, NV
“I liked being able to go at my own pace. I wasn’t pressured into doing things that made me uncomfortable. It was great getting to the root of my fears and being able to identify them.” LT, Rancho Palos Verdes, CA
Sarasota, FL Ultra-Beginning Class May, 2014, 6 of 6 students
“The instructors were very patient with me. They answered questions and showed me what I was doing wrong. They always listened to our concerns.” –MW, Silver Spring, MD
“Being in a group, and learning to relax in the water, worked especially well for me. I felt I made some modest progress in skills and attitude.” –LK, Brooklyn, NY
“I trust the instructor. Her teaching style is sincere, caring and adapted extremely well to the needs of each student. This class was outstanding. Wish I’d discovered it earlier.” –KJ, Tampa, FL
“I am very pleased with MSI and the course. There was one part of the website where the content focused on African Americans. This made my decision (to join this class) much easier. I now believe we are all born swimmers and while the course didn’t do anything different just because I’m African American, I felt more comfortable with the course because of the research MSI put into the topic.” –AW, Duluth, GA
“This class was great after you learn not to push. I found it different from my past experience.” –SM, Birmingham, AL
“I was disappointed that the shallow pool was not available exclusively to us. I did well in the time I spent in the pool. I was not able to translate what I learned in the shallow pool to the larger pool.” –VV, Sarasota, FL
NYC, May, 2014, 7 of 8 students (one more expected)
“I found the discussion period just as helpful as being in the pool.” –DW, Hillsborough NJ
“This class exceeded my expectations, reacquainted me with water, and gave me the tools to feel comfortable in deep water. It made me want to go to the deep pool to practice these skills.” –AK, NYC
“What worked for me was the chance to experiment and have fun in a safe environment. This is the way to learn.” –DM, Stamford, CT
“I’m glad I have finally found a class that suits my needs. It helped me to be confident and at ease in the water (deep or shallow). I have already told my friends and will encouraging them to join the class. It’s worth your time and money.” –RA, NYC
“The class allows the students to learn at their own pace and develop a sense of awareness about how your body moves in the water.” –JR, Secaucus, NJ
“I think the full course should be longer. Excellent beginner class.” –BM, NYC
“What worked well for me was being able to go at my own pace.” –AM, Bronx, NY
Albany, CA April, 2014, 8 of 8 students
“This class helped me break a barrier of fear that I have had all my life. I now understand things about the water that demystifies it for me and have learned how to feel safe and comfortable in the deep end of a pool.” –LK, Albany, CA
“Very good” have recommended it to others.” –IH, Berkeley, CA
“I feel I got a lot of my fear out. Treating adults is harder and Miracle Swimming gets it.” –PR, Pleasanton, CA
“There isn’t any program I know of like the Miracle Swimming method. Discussions were meaningful and it helps to know that other students have the same or fears as myself.” –AMS, Oakland, CA
“MSI provides an excellent, safe environment to learn. It gave me the ability to try things out.” –JG, Concord, CA
“I am ecstatic about my progress. I highly recommend the class to anyone who wants to gain confidence in deep water.” –JB, Berkeley, CA
“Feel good about the class. Learnt to remain calm and enjoy swimming. –TR, Berkeley, CA
“This class was wonderful.” –JL, Berkeley, CA
Sarasota, FL Beginning Class April, 2014, 4 of 5 students (one more expected)
“I learned to be in my body so I could float on my front and back. If you take this class you will lose your fear of water.” –PR, Bradenton, FL
“I learned how to have fun and relax. I am still working on gaining confidence. I realized that I must have more realistic expectations.” SM, Birmingham, AL
“Good for adult beginners, but the classes were too long for me.” BM, Sarasota, FL (age 89)
“I learned that swimming is mind over mind. It might take me a few more classes to master this concept.” –VV, Sarasota, FL
Sarasota, FL February, 2014, 4 of 4 students
“It works! In the beginning, it seems unconventional. But I just allowed myself to follow the process and it worked where “conventional” classes have not worked for me in the past.” –TH, Atlanta
“…a very pleasant experience that delivered for me the ability to conquer the fear of deep water, build confidence, and continue on in the process of becoming a good swimmer.” –VV, Sarasota
“Just do it.” –DB, Pennsylvania
“This course has opened up a whole new world for me. It helped me to conquer my fear of the water. Don’t give up on your dream of feeling free in the water. There is hope….you CAN have freedom in the water.” –KW, Port Charlotte, FL
New York City, January, 2014, 8 of 8 students
“The course is great! It breaks down the fear of water by teaching and demonstrating that you are safe in the water if you trust it. This was clearly something we missed-or didn’t believe because we had a scary incident. But Miracle Swimming proves it to us. I am very happy with my progress. I feel SAFE in the pool!” “Market this to the Y on a national level.” –CS, NYC
“I give the Course Content a 10 out of 10; Handbook, 10; Uniqueness of Miracle Swimming teaching, 10; Effectiveness of teaching, 10; Discussions, 10; Happiness with Miracle Swimming, 10.” –PC
“I recommend it.” –RH, Saugerties, NY
“I need more time to think about it. Unsure how I feel.” –LW, NYC
“I saved up for this class…. It was worth every penny and the wait. It helped to restore my faith that full freedom in water is not only possible, but coming!” –AP, NYC
“It was a wonderful class that I would say helped me in other areas of my life (too). Thank you, thank you, thank you.” –MK, NYC
“Sallie and Susan are very patient and help you slow down. No pressure. Helped us believe it’s okay to be where we are, which helps us make progress.” –KP, NYC
“I think the class should be longer: 12 weeks…. I give the Course Content an 8 out of 10; Handbook, 10; Uniqueness of Miracle Swimming teaching, 10; Effectiveness of teaching, 10; Discussions, 10; Happiness with Miracle Swimming, 8.” –GA, NYC
Palm Springs, CA Next Step Class November, 2013 5 of 6 students
“Just do it! You will be amazed and don’t give up.” — JD & DD Ranchos Palos Verde, CA
“The learning comes through understanding. A total Aha way to learn.” –LW San Lorenzo, CA
“This class should be taken as a vacation class. Total immersion in yourself and the class. It was awesome.” –LJ Castro Valley, CA
“Fantastic. ” KR, Palo Alto, CA”
Palm Springs, CA Beginning Class November, 2013 4 of 4 students
“Take the first step to Freedom by signing up. You won’t regret it. I didn’t. Have Fun.” –LJ Castro Valley, CA
“There is nowhere else that anyone can find such a structure to ensure that students stay in their bodies and feel safe.” –LT Los Angeles, CA
“This class has changed my view/beliefs about water and how it works with my body when I’m in my body. This class works ~ even for someone like me that couldn’t believe I could be a swimmer.” –PA Bend, OR
“I would encourage others to definitely consider it, since I made improvements I had never made before.” –ED San Diego, CA
San Francisco, CA Beginning Class October, 2013 6 of 6 students;
“I would highly recommend it, as no other program’s focus is at the core – your mind and how to overcome it, staying in your body has made me more aware, not only in the pool but in my day to day life.” –TC Half Moon Bay, CA
“I am not afraid of water anymore. I can swim in shallow water very good. Very good for Beginner.” — KK San Francisco, CA
“Overall, a very good class. Highly recommend ot others. Have already recommended to a few of my friends and colleagues. ” –BR Palo Alto, CA
“I feel the philosophy of the class is good. Someone can try and buy into the approach (ask questions/read/attend each class).” –NL San Mateo, CA
“Highly recommend it to people who never thought they can swim.” –SK San Francisco, CA
“I feel it is a great class. Will definitely recommend it.” –NB Oakland, CA
Sarasota, FL. Beginning Class September 2013 7 of 7 Students
Likely just what I needed to really swim without fear. — CLW Fredericksburg, VA
A very different approach to learning to swim. Helpful to read the book before taking class to help understand the circle method. –AT Venice, FL
I feel really good. I highly recommend the class. It has been truly a miracle being in this class. I have overcome a great deal of my fear in the deep water. –DS Saint James, Barbados
For someone who feels they cannot swim, this is the class where you start believing again. –VRS Tampa, FL
If you want to be free in the water, this class is right for you. If you have been disappointed by traditional classes, you gotta take this one. –SC Van Nuys, CA
I feel very positive. The class is unique. It would benefit from better marketing, better website, video testimonials. –ER Cypress, TX
I’m amazed others haven’t’ caught on to this method. This class succeeds where traditional classes fail. — MH Greenwich, CT
Cheltenham, England Beginning Class September, 2013 9 of 9 students;
“I found myself becoming an evangelist about MSI after just reading the book. It was a miraculous find for me. Having attended the course, I will continue to spread the word.” –BS Cheltenham, UK
“Now, I will carry on swimming for the rest of my life.” –CS London, UK
“A dramatic reversal of many years of bad experiences, a magical adventure surrounded by compassionate and caring instructors and spotters.” –LC London, UK
“Like no other class I have attended. Go slowly, stay in your body, don’t push yourself. ” –SM Thurso, Caithnes UK
“I would say to others: ‘Go for it!’ — having tried so many other instructors without much success (and even with some damage), this is very different. It’s not just teaching techniques, it’s teaching you how to learn how to trust yourself in water (and perhaps in a wider sense too), all in a very supportive learning environment. You can’t fail to be pleased with the results.” –SB Wirral, Merseyside UK
“Do it!” –SM UK
“I think the course is great for anyone struggling with swimming and feeling safe in water, but for me I learnt little new information I didn’t already have. (Thankfully, I have a good teacher.)” –MC Kettering, Northants UK
“If you want to swim and are afraid – Go for it! I did and I am so glad I did.” –BP CHELTENHAM, Gloucestershire UK
“In general, quite good, but I think I would have had the chance to make more progress if the class ability range wasn’t as wide. It was compulsory that all start on Beginning class and I think it is good and built on some important basics.” –JT Edinburgh, Midlothia UK
San Francisco, CA Beginning Class August 2013 3 of 3 students;
“Excellent. Perfect combination of reassurance, direction, encouragement and patience.” –RL Oakland, CA.
“I am very happy and I finally found an approach that worked for me.” –CT San Francisco, CA.
“It is Zen in action – It touches every part of my life — Keeps me in the present.” –LL Oakland, CA.
Sarasota, Fl Beginning Class July 2013 10 of 11 students;
“It is indeed a novel and effective approach to learn how to swim (for seniors).” –SS Sarasota, FL
“The best gift I could ever given myself.” –FP Sarsaota, FL.
“I personally have now lost fear of deep water.” –YB Longwood, FL
“Great. Progressed much farther than I thought I would. I know I will continue to progress in the areas I still have problems with.” –ER Orlando, FL
“A new, rewarding experience.” –DP Tallahassee, FL.
“This class is so worthwhile. It has exceeded my expectations. Looking forward to ‘Next Step’ class.” –JL Dublin, Ireland
“I’d recommend it to anyone who “fears water” and wants to swim in total safety.” LL Sarasota, FL.
“I hope MSI’s approach becomes standard. Prospective students should come with open minds.” –TA NY, NY.
“If you trust your feelings and want to learn only if it sounds fun, then take this class.” –DW Maize, KS.
“It has been a personal learning experience and a fascinating journey in self-discovery. To others: be prepared to be open and set aside preconceived notions. You don’t have to focus on achieving goals. Trust the process.” –KR Palo Alto, CA.
Sarasota, Fl Freestyle Class April, 2013 5 of 5 students;
“I have learned the fundamentals of freestyle in a step by step fashion and have stayed in my body while doing so. The instruction was clear and concise and I can practice any/all of it at home.” –GF Boulder, CO
“If you want to learn freestyle so you fully understand your body in the water while you integrate all the parts of freestyle, this is the class for you. You will be respected by your teachers and have fun and comfort every session.” –GM Qualicum Beach, BC Canada
“I am proud that I persevered and accomplished all that I did. It was mentally, physically and spiritually challenging (not all at the same time!), but so worth it! If anyone can teach you, Melon can!” –KM Sarasota, FL
“A perfect blend of mechanics, practice and support. It will be life changing. You never need to be afraid. you work at your own pace. You will get support every step of the way.” –LD Jupiter, FL
“Achieved goal set at the beginning of the course (to solve the breathing issue). Great teaching method for adults.” –DL Berne, Berne Switzerland
Palm Springs Next Step Class April, 2013 7 of 7 students;
“This class is a perfect follow-up to the Beginning class. You can start where you need and progress at any rate you can.” –PD Newton, MA
“Very satisfied with Richard,. Certainly was able to encourage me to try things in the deep end. This it is the only way for people like me to learn to swim.” –LM Vancouver, BC Canada
“Excellent! On a scale from 1-10…10!” –RL Nepean, ON Canada
“Excellent. Excellent. Excellent. Amazing!! I would never have believed I’d be where I am!!” –DD Ranchos Palos Verde, CA
“Richard is outstanding! I achieved what I wanted – freedom in deep water.” –RC LA, CA
“Always felt the content met the needs of each student – Great content. the way it is taught is perfect to help me feel comfortable with the water – It is amazing.” –CSC San Francisco, CA
“Best way of learning how to swim properly and conquer the fear of deep water.” –JD Ranchos Palos Verde, CA
Sarasota, Fl Next Step Class March, 2013 3 of 3 students;
“Excellent! It covered those points which I needed whlp with to overcome my fear of deep water and help me become a swimmer.” –RS Brighton, MI
“Well suited to my level and addressed the root causes of my fear of swimming.” –GF Bolder, CO
“Discussions were interesting, built on and reinforced points discussed in Beginning class.” –RM Washington, DC
Sarasota, FL, Beginning Class, March, 2013, 2 of 2 students:
” I thought it was about learning one thing – ‘to swim’. It’s all about a bunch of ‘little’ things that you then naturally begin to string together. —K.C.
“If you park your past feelings & inhibitions at the door and don’t try to analyze the program (too much), it will work.” —S. J.
San Francisco, CA Beginning Class, February-March, 2013, 5 of 6 students:
“I would definitely tell others that it’s well worth the money. It worked for me. ” —S.W.
“This is the first time I have ever felt comfortable in deep water.” —K.V.
“I would recommend this class to anyone who is afraid or not comfortable being in the water.” —J.G.
“I made breakthroughs with my swimming that I actually thought were impossible! Take it & learn to love swimming!” —S. M.
Sarasota, FL. Beginning Class, February 2013, 4 of 5 students:
“I would not hesitate to encourage anyone who is a future swimmer to absolutely go the MSI route. I wish I could have taken this course first rather than the “traditional” training that never helped.” –DL, Barberton, OH
“This class was excellent. I will leave this class knowing something. I have learned knowledge that I will always apply in the water. I have taken swim lessons as a child and as an adult, and this course is by far the most effective.” –DJW, El Paso, TX
“I feel so proud of myself after taking this class. I stood up to my biggest fear. With your program I was given the tools I never had before. I am so glad I found MSI. I truly never thought I would swim, but now I do.” –KG, Durango, CO
“Taking this class was the best think I ever did for myself. My only regret is not taking it sooner. I have never had so much fun in my entire life.” –LK, Guilderland, NY
New York City, NY Beginning Class, January 2013, 5 of 5 students:
“I think anyone that has felt that they could “never” learn to swim should take the class. No organization offers a guarantee and the teaching method is infallible.” –DL Cliffwood, NJ
“I’m extremely pleased. I got a lot farther than I expected and I’m feeling much, much more comfortable in the water. I love going at my pace. No pushing.” –JG , Brooklyn, NY
“I love this class. I’ve taken many swimming lessons but have never been able to do most of the things I did in this class.” –TN, Brooklyn, NY
“I loved it!” –AS, Edison, NJ
“I loved this class. I am so glad I took it. I never felt so comfortable in water.” –KLW, NY, NY
Sarasota, FL, Beginning Class, January 2012, 2 of 3 students (third coming):
“Melon’s method leads you to self discovery, helping to free you of old restricting beliefs and unlocking the swimmer in you.” –B.B.
“It’s the best investment in myself that I’ve ever made. I’d take the class again with no problem if I felt it was needed.” –L.C.
New York City, NY, Beginning Class, September 2011, 7 of 7 students:
“Very helpful in building foundation in understanding swimming.” –F.O.
“This class is what it says it is and does what it says it does. If the student has patience with himself/herself and follows the process.” –E.T.
“This class is wonderful….it’s a miracle.” –W.J.
“Everything about this class was exactly as promised. There was no pressure to do anything prematurely. We proceeded at our own pace. At the end, I was proud and happy.” –C.O.
“This is the only ‘class’ I’ve encountered that ‘gets’ the experience of fear in water and has an effective way to address it.” –S.K.
“I love this class!! It’s the only one that’s worked for me.” –Anonymous
Sarasota, FL, Beginning Class, July 2011, 8 of 8 students:
“Course Content: 10, Handbook: 10, Uniqueness of MSI Teaching:10, Effectiveness of MSI Teaching: 10, Discussions: 10, Happiness with MSI: 10.” “This class has given me hope I have NEVER had in my life. I actually believe that I will swim one day-by that I mean comfortably in deep water without aids. It helped heal me a little and opened up another part of the world for me. Gave me the ability to play with my kids in the water. ” –E.D. New York
“This is an amazing class that was perfect for me. The focus and skills learned in this class are applicable to areas of your life beyond swimming.” –G. A. New York
“One of the best things I have ever done for myself. Have taken swimming lessons3 times in my life after a near drowning experience. MSI is the only program that has been effective for me. ” –R.R. FL
“The class was worth every penny. I can’t believe my progress.” –B.M. Wisconsin
“The word ‘gentle’ comes to mind. ” –M.T. Trinidad & Tobago
“Very unique, appreciate the calmness.” –A.G. FL
” The biggest thing for me is that what I learned in this class, I know. I own it now! It is mine and I will never forget it. ” –A. R. FL
Dallas, TX, Beginning Part 2 Class, June 2011, 3 of 3 students:
“Great class!” Course Content: 10, Handbook: 10, Uniqueness of MSI Teaching:10, Effectiveness of MSI Teaching: 10, Discussions: 10, Happiness with MSI: 10.” –D.D.
“Good class. I would recommend it for most people.” –J.N.
“I thought this was a great class. “I enjoyed working at my own pace. I’d recommend that anyone with water issues take the class.” –J.M.
“Great. Definitely worth taking for starters.” –M.H.
“Course Content: 10, Handbook: 9, Uniqueness of MSI Teaching:10, Effectiveness of MSI Teaching: 10, Discussions: 10, Happiness with MSI: 10.” –J.S.
“I have already told several friends to take it!” Course Content: 10, Handbook: 10, Uniqueness of MSI Teaching:10, Effectiveness of MSI Teaching: 10, Discussions: 10, Happiness with MSI: 10.”–D.L.
“Everything worked for me.” Course Content: 10, Handbook: 10, Uniqueness of MSI Teaching:10, Effectiveness of MSI Teaching: 10, Discussions: 10, Happiness with MSI: 10.” –M.S.
“This class is great for adults.” Course Content: 8, Handbook: 8, Uniqueness of MSI Teaching:10, Effectiveness of MSI Teaching: 10, Discussions: 9, Happiness with MSI: 9.” –M.B.
“Great class!” Course Content: 9, Handbook: 9, Uniqueness of MSI Teaching: 9, Effectiveness of MSI Teaching: 10, Discussions: 9, Happiness with MSI: 9.” –S.B.
“This class is very good. The instructors and spotters are patient and supportive.” –S.S.
“This class has given me the confidence about the water.” This is a great tool for getting over your fear of the water.” –T.G.
“This class was great! It was very successful. I would recommend it to anyone that wants to learn to swim or even if they want to start enjoying the water.” –D.B.
Dallas, TX, Beginning Part 2 Class, May 2011, 4 of 4 students:
“Take this class!”–V.N.
“This class was outstanding and I will spread the word.”–E.O.
“This was a great class. It is worth every penny.” –J.R.
“This class is a 10!”Instructors teaching style: 10″Course Content: 10, Handbook: 8, Uniqueness of MSI Teaching:10, Effectiveness of MSI Teaching: 10, Discussions: 10, Happiness with MSI: 10.”–K.R.
Sarasota, FL, Beginning Class, May 2011, 6 of 6 students:
“This class is amazing!!”This works!” –R.P., Canada
“This class was very comfortable. The instructors were calm, patient, and answered all the questions. I would highly recommend the class to anyone.” –P.M., Massachusetts
“I feel happy! It was worth all it took to get here.” –D.M., Florida
“Don’t hesitate if you have the slightest desire to learn to swim.”This was the best thing I ever did for myself.” –R.H., Oklahoma
“Course Content: 10, Handbook: 10, Uniqueness of MSI Teaching:10, Effectiveness of MSI Teaching: 10, Discussions: 10, Happiness with MSI: 10.” –C.H., Maryland
“Class was fantastic!” Course Content: 10, Handbook: 10, Uniqueness of MSI Teaching:10, Effectiveness of MSI Teaching: 10, Discussions: 10, Happiness with MSI: 10.” –T.J., Virginia
Dallas, TX, Beginning Part 2 Class, April 2011, 2 of 2 students:
“It was wonderful. I really over came my fear of water.” –F.S.
“Wonderful class!” “Course Content: 10, Handbook: 10, Uniqueness of MSI Teaching:10, Effectiveness of MSI Teaching: 10, Discussions: 10, Happiness with MSI: 10.” –K.Z.
Severna Park, MD, Beginning Class, March 2011, 6 of 6 students:
“Gentle teaching.” “Great atmosphere, no pressure.” Course Content: 10, Handbook: 10, Uniqueness of MSI Teaching: 10, Effectiveness of MSI Teaching: 10, Discussions: 10, Happiness with MSI: 10.” –S.A., Virginia
“This class is highly recommended for people who are afraid or had a bad experience in water.” –E.F., Maryland
“The instructors teaching style is incredible.” –S.R., New Jersey
“This class was life changing.” –R.K., Maryland
“I was not disappointed. The MSI class will work for you if you let it, and be patient with yourself. Course Content: 10, Handbook: 10, Uniqueness of MSI Teaching: 10, Effectiveness of MSI Teaching: 10, Discussions: 10, Happiness with MSI: 10.” –E.T., New York
“This class was excellent. I would highly recommend it!” –R.K., Maryland
Berkeley, CA, Beginning Class, February 2011, 5 of 6 students: we await the 6th
“I think the class is amazing in that staying in your body worked for me.” –E.C.
“I would highly recommend this class.” –J.M.
“I thought the teaching style was excellent.” –O.T.
“It is an amazing course! I would encourage all older (65+) adults to enroll.” –L.D.
“Course Content: 10, Handbook: 10, Uniqueness of MSI Teaching: 10, Effectiveness of MSI Teaching: 10, Discussions: 10, Happiness with MSI: 10.” –T.E.
Sarasota, FL, Beginning Class, February 2011, 9 of 9 students:
“Sign up, get in, and trust. The results are priceless.” –C.D., Michigan
“I was a doubter and skeptic coming in. But, I now will be one of your greatest supporters. My life has done a complete turn-around in understanding and respecting the water. I now have a new love in my life” The WATER!” –V.L., Illinois
“Great class. I will tell others about it verbally and through my swimming.” –M.C., Illinois
“It is very worthwhile. I feel much more confident in water and excited about being able to go into the deep and going into my pool at home.” –E.A., Arizona
“This class was wonderful. I wish I had known about it sooner.” –D.K., Bradenton
“This is the only program I’ve taken that makes me look forward to the next class. It was fun, as promised, and it enabled me to achieve my goals of removing my “bottom focus,” to overcome self-consciousness, and helping me to staying present.” –P.Y., Massachusetts
“I loved the class. Great technique and approach to conquering fear in water. The teacher and spotters are gentle and wonderful. It has potential of changing your life.” –A.P., Illinois
“Great class, you owe it to yourself.” –M.G., Florida
“I’ve never had so much fun in the water! I’m so much more confident.” —M.H., Massachusetts
Dallas, TX, Beginning Class, January 2011, 4 of 4 students:
“I highly recommend anybody to sign up.” “This class has made me a believer.” –V.N.
“A must do if you can’t swim.” “Outstanding!” –K.Y.
“Course Content: 8, Handbook: 10, Uniqueness of MSI Teaching: 10, Effectiveness of MSI Teaching: 10, Discussions: 8, Happiness with MSI: 10.” –C.R.
“I really enjoyed this class and its emphasis on fun versus feeling pressured.” –A.A.
Honolulu, HI, Beginning Class, December 2010, 4 of 4 students:
MSI Beginning Swimming is the only class that got me into the water. It did so without making my fears and issues worse. –R.I., Hawaii
This class has helped me to understand myself better and why I could not swim before. Now I know that I can accept my fears and work on them. –S.L., Hawaii
This class is amazing! Don’t let your fear from lack of self trust hold you back. Be who you were born to be. –C.F., Hawaii
I am an enthusiastic promoter of MSIs Beginners Class because of the positive changes that result. Dissipating fear is empowerment, and the bonus is learning skills to benefit one in life. –E.S., Washington
Berkeley, CA, Beginning Class, October 2010, 8 of 8 students:
This class did more for me in 24 hours of pool and class time than the previous 30+ years. I am incredibly happy with the results. My ability to swim freely around the pool is what I was hoping for. –P.C.
Course Content: 9, Handbook: 9, Uniqueness of MSI Teaching: 10, Effectiveness of MSI Teaching: 9, Discussions: 9, Happiness with MSI: 9. –C.C.
Great class for people with water fear issues. –T.W.
Course Content: more than I expected, Handbook: great! Uniqueness of MSI Teaching: not taught anywhere else. –L.M.
This class delivers on its promise. It is a fun, comfortable technology that dissolves fear and leaves me feeling confident that mastering comfort and ease in the water both shallow and deep is very possible and inevitable. –L.B.N.
I think there are more people who are afraid of the water but just won’t admit it. They should face their fears and take this class. It is life changing. It is just amazing, I am not afraid of the deep end anymore. –S.J.
It works. –R.R.
This class was an excellent intro to get the basics and to learn how to trust yourself.- So much could be applied to so many areas in our lives. –D.B.F.
Sarasota, FL, Beginning Class, October 2010, 5 of 5 students:
It is amazing, 100% works! I’ve learned all that I wanted and needed to learn to trust myself in the water. Anyone with intent can succeed. –S.S., Florida
Course Content: 10, Handbook: 10, Uniqueness of MSI Teaching: 10, Effectiveness of MSI Teaching: 10, Discussions: 10, Happiness with MSI: 10. –B.F., Florida
A truly wonderful experience. –T.R., Florida
Course Content: 10, Handbook: 10, Uniqueness of MSI Teaching: 10, Effectiveness of MSI Teaching: 20, Discussions: 10, Happiness with MSI: 10. –D.G., Florida
“I am so happy!” –S.G., Florida
Anaconda, MT, Beginning Class, September 2010, 3 of 3 students:
I loved this class. I felt we were given freedom as we became able to move comfortably.- Course Content: 10, Handbook: 10, Uniqueness of MSI Teaching: 10, Effectiveness of MSI Teaching: 10, Discussions: 10, Happiness with MSI: 10. –A.C., Indiana
I wish I could have taken this class many years ago. I would highly encourage anyone that is afraid of water or even uncomfortable in water to take the class. –G.S., North Dakota
This is a breakthrough method. –C.J., Quebec, Canada
Sarasota, FL, Beginning Class, August 2010, 7 of 7 students:
This is the best possible way to learn swimming. –L.S., New York
Melon is a person that really cares about her students and not the money. When I saw her on the internet I thought wow, she’s a celebrity. I called to ask about the class wow, again; she answered the phone. She remains true to herself. She is a person like you or I or anyone. She passionately cares about stopping drowning completely around the world. –S.B., Georgia
A life experience I will never forget. –T.S.K., New Jersey
This the best class I could have taken because it gave me the time to learn without being treated like I was slowing down the class. –A.S., South Carolina
I am looking forward to the next class! –P.M., New Jersey
An experience that will change your life permanently and not just in swimming. –A.G., Florida
Course Content: 10, Handbook: 8, Uniqueness of MSI Teaching: 10, Effectiveness of MSI Teaching: 10, Discussions: 10, Happiness with MSI: 10. –A.M., Texas
Sarasota, FL, Beginning Class, July 2010, 6 of 6 students:
If you’re not comfortable in water, whether you do strokes or not, this is where you’ll learn and develop both skills and confidence to be comfortable. –P.O., Utah
The MSI method is awesome! –J.F., New York
Wonderful. Best thing I did about swimming. It has definitely surpassed my expectations. –B.F., Montana
This is a futuristic method of teaching individuals according to their needs and capabilities. It’s your course so you decide what you want to do, how much and when. The only thing you have to commit to is to stay happy about what you do. –N.S., Dubai
Course Content: 10, Handbook: 10, Uniqueness of MSI Teaching: 10, Effectiveness of MSI Teaching: 10, Discussions: 10, Happiness with MSI: 10. –M.G., Oregon
Read the book! Take the class! –K.L., North Carolina
Dallas, TX, Beginning Class, June 2010, 8 of 8 students:
This is an excellent class! I would strongly recommend this class to anyone who’s not totally comfortable in the water. –S.R.
This class has helped me a lot. If you are having trouble with getting water in your nose, legs sinking, etc., then you need this class. –K.R.
This class is very good and very effective. I highly recommend it to others. –N.S.
I would recommend this class to others.- Course Content: 10, Handbook: 10, Uniqueness of MSI Teaching: 10, Effectiveness of MSI Teaching: 10, Discussions: 10, Happiness with MSI: 10. –R.R.
It was extremely helpful and it has given me a solid base to build upon. –A.R.
I loved it. I’ve learned more than I ever thought I would. –J.M.
I loved this class! I have told others to take this class. –Y.W.
Course Content: 10, Handbook: 10, Uniqueness of MSI Teaching: 10, Effectiveness of MSI Teaching: 10, Discussions: 10, Happiness with MSI: 10 . –V.H.
Sarasota, FL, Beginning Class, June 2010, 1 of 1 student:
I am so glad I took this class, it was definitely worth the investment that will stay with me forever.-Course Content: 10, Handbook: 10, Uniqueness of MSI Teaching: 10, Effectiveness of MSI Teaching: 10 Absolutely unique, Discussions: 10, Happiness with MSI: 10. –C.L., Florida
Berkeley, CA Beginning Class, June, 2010, 9 of 9 students:
“Perfectly set up to work. Take this class. It is not just about learning to swim; it is about learning about yourself on many levels. No one else does it this way. They should, and not just for swimming. The techniques would work well anywhere.” –T.G., Berkeley
“I may never have found another way to come this far in deep water. I relearned to trust myself, to be in my body both in and out of the water; to live here and now more of the time. Very thorough. I learned it’s okay to go at my own pace.” –T.K. San Francisco
“Ten out of ten. It’s great!” –E.M., Oakland
“It was worth every penny. You will get the support and techniques to feel more comfortable in the water. The slow pace and the emphasis on comfort worked very well for me. So did learning to stay in my body.” –F.B.
“It has changed my life. I feel I cannot drown at any spot in the pool.” –L.H.
“It’s worth the money and the time.” –S-L D.
“Great emphasis on fear and how to master it. Incredibly supportive learning environment. Richard is one of the best teachers I have experienced in any field.” –O.W.
“This class is mind blowing. Every single person in the class made huge progress no matter where they started. I learned to be in the deep water and not drown!!!!” –L.W.
One comment incoming. 7/3/10
Sarasota, FL, June, 2010, 1 of 1 student:
“I am very happy. I could not find this knowledge or confidence in other lessons I tried. I’m very happy I invested in this.” –C.L. Venice, FL
Sarasota, FL, Beginning Class, April 2010, 2 of 2 students:
I feel very, very positive about the whole experience. — T.F., Toronto
The entire class was more than I expected. I took away from the class a confidence I have never had in the water. I know I did not master all of the skills, but for me I did exceptionally well. I will take the principles that I have learned and build on them. I loved all of it, especially the games. You are a miracle and the name of your company is no coincidence. I am so happy. I accomplished everything I had hoped to and more. I am amazed at my accomplishments and I owe it to you. What I have gained is priceless. — D.L., Sarasota, FL
Beginning Severna Park, (Annapolis) MD, March 2010, 5 of 5 students:
Course Content: 10 Perfect for me, Handbook: 10, Uniqueness of MSI Teaching Thought provoking and a good reference: 10, Effectiveness of MSI Teaching: 10 Absolutely unique, Discussions: 10, Rate your happiness with MSIs class: 10.- It has been one of the best adult learning experiences I have chosen to pursue, in terms of swimming and also in terms of looking at some different ways of thinking about personal growth and other life challenges. –C.C., Ohio
My feelings about this class are mostly positive. Some disappointment to have not reached my original goal of being comfortable in the middle and deep end. I think I confused the Beginning class with the Next Step class. –Course Content: 10, Handbook: 10, Uniqueness of MSI Teaching: 10, Effectiveness of MSI Teaching: 10, Discussions: 10, Happiness with MSIs class: 7.5. — A.C.
I thought the class was very informative. It provides a strong base for building other swimming skills. — J.M.
Been through the program and understood our feeling and difficulties was also beneficial. — R.S.
(We’re checking on conveying this quote correctly! July, 2010)
Can’t imagine making this much progress with usual- methods I’ve tried them! — L.P.
Beginning Berkeley, CA, February 2010, 6 of 6 students:
Pure genius. I would reflect on how skills were slowly and patiently built brick by brick without us even knowing it. This gradual approach where we became confident little by little is very ingenious. Very unique, patient approach. You should patent the technique if it’s not. Fantastic. Changed my life really did. Wish I knew about this eons ago. What worked for me about this class: first, its existence. Nothing else I found out there for adults who finally want to face this fear. Second, the approach is pure genius so patient, confidence building perfect for what I was seeking. This class has changed my life and opened up new worlds to me it worked incredibly quickly to get me going in the right direction. — J.M. San Francisco
It’s fantastic I feel that it has changed my life! — M.B.
It definitely is the right approach to learning how to swim and overcoming any fear in water. I was anxious, but very glad I took the class. — J.O.
I wish I had taken this class two years ago. Take the class. — J.L.
I am glad I took the class. I have come a long way to overcoming my fear of deep water. I would definitely recommend it for anyone afraid of deep water. — D.M.
Slow and steady wins the race — P.C.
Beginning Sarasota, FL, February 2010, 8 of 8 students:
Excellent and potentially life-changing IF one takes it with an open mind. Surrender to the techniques and teaching and success is guaranteed. — H.M. New York
Miracle Swimming is well named. Miracles happen so often in class, it’s astounding. And yet, it seems completely normal and natural to make so much progress. It’s very effective. — K.M., Orlando
Extremely valuable in discovering oneself in the water. Great way to gain confidence and understand how water works. I would recommend this course to others who cannot swim. — C.P.
It is very spiritual with many life lessons as well as learning to swim. Melon is wise, patient, calm and always seems to have a supportive answer. — F.K., Seattle
I feel taking this class is without a doubt the best gift I’ve ever given myself! — S.T. Ann Arbor, MI
Very impressed especially the classmates inspiring each other. — B.F., Toronto
I feel great about this class. I never imagined it could possibly work so well. I came to class not knowing how to float on my front. I’ve left floating on my front, reversing to my back, doing a handstand in water, propelling myself in water, and jumping into the deep (among other things!) P.L., Philadelphia
It is a priceless experience that the only regret I have is that I didn’t do it sooner. To anyone considering the class if you’re at the point of considering, what can you lose? Even if you don’t come out a freestyler, the freedom in the water will open so many new windows. — L.R. Philadelphia
Beginning Seattle, WA, January 2010, 5 of 5 students:
Course Content: 10 I was not sure what this was going to entail, but I am pleasantly surprised, Handbook: 10 Better than I imagined more helpful, Uniqueness of MSI Teaching: 10, Effectiveness of MSI Teaching: 10 As you can tell from our success, Discussions: 10, Rate your happiness with MSIs class: 10.- I think this class is great the schedule and the content. — K.T.
It addressed my specific concerns, fears, and it was more effective than any other programs I’ve tried before. — L.A.
Best happiness investment that you’ve ever paid for! — Y.C.
Great, great class. My husband will be doing this class. I basically told everyone I know. — M.A.
I was skeptical about the potential to teach me to overcome fear. It has worked marvelously so far. — R.M.
Berkeley, CA, Beginning Class, January 2010, 8 of 8 students:
Very effective and supportive Richard is great!- For someone who has believed I just can’t swim and has never been confident in deep water, this class has been a breakthrough. For the first time, I felt the water support me. Tension and fear is turning into trust. — A.M.
The class did everything I could have hoped. While there is a lot more to learn, the class did teach me that swimming is possible.- Instructors Teaching Style: 10. — D.H.
This is the way swimming should always be taught; most classes have it backwards. Instructor Teaching Style: 10. — M.F.
It’s wonderful. It works and its fun.- Course Content: 10, Handbook: 10, Uniqueness of MSI Teaching: 10, Effectiveness of MSI Teaching: 10, Discussions: 10, Happiness with MSIs class: 10. — P.V.
Such a great experience to have fun in the water, learn the characteristics of the water in supporting us in the water and that I CAN swim. Just a wonderful class for my life. — E.R.
I feel very positive.- Course Content: 10, Handbook: 10, Uniqueness of MSI Teaching: 10, Effectiveness of MSI Teaching: 10, Discussions: 10, Happiness with MSIs class: 10. — V.K.
The name of the class says it all! It’s a miracle.- Instructor Teaching Style: 10.- Course Content: 10, Handbook: 10, Uniqueness of MSI Teaching: 10, Effectiveness of MSI Teaching: 10, Discussions: 10, Happiness with MSIs class: 10. –J.M.
This class is excellent. I’ve taken swimming classes from 6 other instructors/swim schools and still avoided the water after each of them. MSI really gets what people require to feel free in the water.- Instructor Teaching Style: 10. — L.M.
Palm Springs, CA Beginning class, November, 2009, 7 of 7 students:
Taking this class was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. Just before you completely give up on the idea of swimming, give this a try. –Paula Wan, NJ
Enjoyed it tremendously. Everything worked well! –Joanetta Fields-Van Rijn, Houston
It revolutionized my thinking about water. –Melannie Guyton, Los Angeles
Don’t procrastinate, just do it! Realize you are not alone. Stats say nearly 50% of the U.S. population cannot swim or can’t swim well. Fulfill yourself! Open your life to new fun, new vacation possibilities. –Ed Dalton, San Jose, CA
Amazing, truly inspirational class. Sign up now. You won’t be disappointed. –Chad Olsen, Chicago
9 out of 10 for discussions. 10 out of ten for course content, handbook, uniqueness of MSI teaching, effectiveness of MSI teaching and happiness with MSI class! Elaine Dovas, PA
Sometimes…the right things take a long time to find. I spent 45 years miserable with my own fears of the water. In 5 days I learned the truth of “Good things come to those who wait.” I look forward to adding swimming to my life resume! –Brian Diamond, NJ
Sarasota Beginning class, October, 2009, 8 of 8 students:
“Titled correctly: Miracle.” “Course well-designed. Discussions always rich and deep.” –Alton Hoke, Atlanta
Well worth the cost. I started with a fear of deep water. Now I have had fun in deep water. The course progressions, using games, overcame our fears. The instructors answered our questions and made very good suggestions. –Alex Jung, New Port Richey, FL
“I would definitely recommend this class to others.” –Maria Elena Acosta, Miami
“It was a truly rewarding experience. The tools gained here will help anyone be comfortable in water: at your own pace. Melon’s teachings are a simple yet revolutionary way to think about swimming and lessons. Revolutionary because her system allows you to build trust in yourself and access what you already possess within, to feel safe, comfortable and free, at all times, in any body of water. I didn’t want to get out of the water.” –Michelle G., Boston
“Everything should be taught this way. Exceptional. The only way to learn.” –Bruce Ruppel, NJ
“I’m very satisfied with what I’ve been able to accomplish in these classes.” “For me, the discussions made all the difference. They addressed all fears and provided new insights. A perfect approach for fearful but willing adults.” “A great combination of psychology and physics for grown-ups who think too much, this approach is nurturing, logical, and fun! Loretta Casalaina, NJ
Berkeley, CA, Beginning, June 2009, 3 of 3 students:
It was great! Surpassed my expectations. I am very excited and can’t wait to try my skills in another setting. –Lois Nissman
Great! If you are thinking that maybe you will take it, take it! It is worth the time and money. — Tracy Rabold
The class is great for people who have been afraid of the water, as I have. The slow easy pace is perfect. — Max Pringle
Boston, MA, Beginning, June 2009, 7 of 7 students:
This is a very safe, supportive environment in which to learn and experience your concerns. Ideas are presented in a unique way. The point of view is unique. –Karen Schwartz, Lawrenceville, NJ
The best thing I could have done to become a swimmer. A well thought out approach with a highly skilled instructor: Melon encouraging, supporting, listening, and honoring our emotional reactions to each aspect of gaining confidence and skill. –Lorraine Del Col, East Quogue, NY
It is a unique approach to learning to not be afraid in deep water. It is not as much about swimming as it is about feeling comfortable. –Mick Tuohy, Floral Park, NY
It filled in a piece missing from my childhood. I learned a lot of fun things to do in the water. –Lynn Adams, Hackettstown, NJ
It was excellent! It is well worth the commitment of both a person’s time and money. It is a no fail system. –Teresa Campanario-Marchand, Blackstone, MA
Prior to these classes, I have taken swimming lessons twice without success. MSIs technique has worked for me. –Cathy Bachini, Winthrop, MA
I can hardly believe my great, good fortune at finding this class which is so aptly named Miracle Swimming. If your fear level is off the Richter Scale, and you think swimming is a dream that will always lie beyond your reach, then Miracle Swimming is for you. –Sarah Salerno-Thomas, Hyde Park, MA
Beginning Boston, MA, April 2009, 10 of 10 students:
Joyful and liberating. 10, 10, 10, 10, 10, 10. –Barry Schklair, Cape Elizabeth, ME
When I’m old and looking back over my life, this class will be high on the list, very high on the list, of most important things I’ve done. This I know with great certainty. And my gratitude is beyond measure. 10, 10, 10, 10, 10, 10. –Sarah Salerno-Thomas, Boston, MA
10,10,10,10,10,10. –Michelle Lemp, Boston, MA
This class changed not only my relationship to water, but also my relationship with my body. The support from the instructor, the spotters and the group provided a web of support to help me transform my relationship to the water. Wherever you are, you have the opportunity to move towards complete freedom in water. –Daria Ilunga, NYC
This class is the only one where the instructor knows what makes it hard to learn to swim and knows what to do about it. Others may acknowledge fear but they don’t know how to deal with it successfully. 10, 10, 11, 10, 10, 11. –Steve Gates, Princeton, NJ
Wonderful class techniques can be applied to so much more than swimming (slowing down, staying present). 10, 10, 10, 10, 10, 10. –Jennifer Burrill, Boston, MA
It has been as I expected. It’s given me the strength, foundation and excitement to move forward and believe I am a swimmer. –Gregory Kennedy, NYC
Awesome!- and My happiness? 20/10. — Kishore Jadhar, London, KY
Beginning Tampa March 2009, 3 of 3 students:
Great class! Amazing. I learnt in 4 days what I had been trying for years. –Ram Kumar, NC
The class is worth every penny. Do not worry if you read the book and thought, I don’t want to do this or that-when the time is right you will want to try those exercises. The reinforcement to go at my own pace, to not feel I had to do every single thing suggested, to let the learning come naturally at its own pace really worked for me. –Jane Knapp, NJ
Dont change a thing. One word: Breakthrough! Endorphins are popping!!! –Hess Mussallet, West Palm, FL
Beginning Baltimore February 2009, 2 of 2 students:
I feel great and very impressed with the class. There was never any pressure. –Sheba Lewis
I would definitely recommend this class to other non-swimming adults. –Donna Parrish 2008
Berkeley, CA Beginning Class, October 2008, 7 of 7 students:
This was time and money well spend for a lifetime skill. –Lem Oandasan
It has been a life-altering experience. What I have learned goes beyond the pool! Excellent! Richard is awesome…learning can really be fun! –Charmaine Angelo
Iris Riveras ratings: All 10s.
This program is so easy to learn. This course exceeded my expectations! Excellent program. –John Maresca
Simply a method to conquer fear of the water and other fears in life!!! Techniques for life. Having the spotters was awesome. An extra element of a safe environment. –Frances Ofosu-Amaah
Amazing! Everyone who has ever had any discomfort should take this class Its expensive but worth it –Merin Mathew
I’m delighted I took this class. Richard was/is the perfect instructor for it. –Dean Herman
Orlando Beginning Class August 2008, 5 of 5 students:
If a swimming workshop funshop is on your bucket list you came to the right address. It is a class about how to make dreams/wishes come true. This is not an ordinary swimming class. This is a retreat. This is not a physical experience. It’s a spiritual one. I found a new friend: THE WATER! The element I used to adore and admire from afar and which brought a sense of calm which turned into anxiety and fear as I got closer, today wrapped itself around me, hugged me, and became my friend…. …I think I’m falling in love with the water. Melon, in my best dreams, I could not hope for this kind of experience. The only word that comes to my mind is “nirvana.” –Ilana Brietkopf
Good for the body and soul. Just take it! Best money you’ll ever spend. You’ll love the people you meet and the joy of accomplishment. Vivian McGee
If you ever doubted that you could swim, try Miracle Swimming and dispel that belief. –Cynthia Wong-Klinek
It increases self confidence through a new sense of competency almost from the beginning of the course. –Kathleen Ferguson
10, 10, 10, 10, 10, 10 Dia Zaraga
Beginning Berkeley August 2008, 9 of 9 students:
Excellent! –Jimmei Hu
I had a fabulous time. Fear of the water has plagued me all my life now I can have fun! –Margaret Simon
The class was phenomenal! It filled in all of the blanks for me so I could be comfortable in the deep water. What an amazing experience in only four weeks. –Evelyn Goodwin
I am so thankful for this experience –Sandra K. Lee
This class is exactly what I need in getting to know the water and to begin feeling comfortable in the deep end. Even though I wish I knew about this class sooner, I feel that taking this class now is still perfect. –Tracy Kwok
You can only profit, whether it is inside or outside of pool. –Roland Summer, Germany
Surprisingly, amazingly effective. –David Huang
It has been very helpful and encouraging. I want to continue to keep myself in the water and having fun with it. –Lucia Kaplan
This class builds an excellent foundation for any water activity. –Russell Rosales
Freestyle Class Moraga July 2008, 8 students:
This has been an incredible experience. There was so much I wanted to say or ask but I knew if I waited you address my questions and you did. It was an amazing experience. I would encourage every beginner to set their goals to include a freestyle class, as it brings everything together and builds the confidence to want to swim anywhere. Melon, Thank you so much for having the passion for swimming and for giving it to so many others. I’m eternally grateful and wish to share it with others too. — Connie Ray
If you want swimming to be a serious part of your life, just take the class. My experience of the freestyle class also was excellent, although I do feel tired. Choosing to take the class at the last moment was the right choice.. –Jan Bottorff
Outstanding, amazing, life-changing, perfectly tailored and presented for its audience. Overall highest, highest marks. Its literally been a revelation and transformation for me and not just regarding swimming and water. Even if you think- you can swim, take this class. It is a mind shifting experience. –Greg Wellons
I can’t believe it! Do it! You may not believe it but it CAN happen. Must not work during the week of class! — Angel Tremble
This has been a wonderful experience. I gave myself time and permission to experience and digest putting freestyle together. I got what I came for and more. A very satisfying, stirring, idea provoking, experience. –June Carrin
Incredible, amazing, awesome, freeing! Stop wasting your time considering Just do it!! You’ll be as happy as I am right now. –Cristina Torres
Berkeley Next Step July 2008, 8 students:
Great class; the greatest Ahah! –Don Cortezano
I treasured being able to take the class at my own pace. Well worth the time and money. –Denise Leo
In order to feel free and safe in water it is essential to take these next steps. –Lavonne Walton
Much more comfortable in the deep, knowing that the water holds me up and I can always come up for air. — Mainak Banerjee
Dont quit before the miracle(s) happen! They just keep happening and happening the more you experience this! I really feel like I’ve internalized this beyond my swimming. –Greg Wellons
If you have even the slightest apprehension or fear in the water, this class will transform you! –Joseph Cochrane
Loved it! I wish it was the full 8 sessions as I still have work to do. –Marjorie Cango
I value the values, methods, perspective and psychological focus and I recommend it to others who have fears about H2O. –Darlene Hall
Beginning Class, Dallas TX: Jim Montgomery Swim, licensed MSI instructors June 2008, 5 students:
It rocked my world. There are so many Eureka- moments that I can’t even count them: realizing that it was OK for me to float almost vertically even though one of my classmates back float exposed her toes, learning to recognize it when my mind was not present in my body, etc. Even though I’m nowhere near a freestyle swimmer, I now have confidence in my back float and my ability of get from front float to back float. That has been huge for me. The teaching team in Dallas was great. They had terrific senses of humor, and really were able to make it fun. I’m hoping I’ll get a chance to travel back to Dallas to repeat the Beginning II class soon. –Carole Harber
Very good. I feel I have learnt a lot. I didn’t think I would be so comfortable putting my face in water. I’ve learned so much I came in fearing putting my face in the water and I can now do so much I had taken lessons previously, but came away with less than I have learned in one hour here. –No Name
If you are an adult and not able to swim this is the class to take. I started out thinking I was not afraid of water realizing later that was my true diagnosis. –Angie Welch
Life-transforming. Unlike any other method. I can apply so many things I learned here to other areas of life. For anyone with fear, there is just no other way to learn but slow, without skipping steps. I read the book before my first class, but there is no way I could apply all of that without constant repetition, instruction and support from instructors and fellow students who understand fear-. –Loretta Tubbs
I feel that this class has helped me overcome my fear of the water. This class is great because it is at your own pace and stresses being comfortable. –Allicia Merritt
Glenwood Springs Beginning and Next Step May 2008, mid-class comments:
In the deep water, after several attempts to back float away from the wall, I was able to float away and stay focused then reverse direction and slowly swim- back. This really felt good- an accomplishment. –Dick Friesen
I am doing things I never thought possible and I am comfortable and happy. Real progress in just a few sessions. Amazing comfort/amazing progress. Yea! I am amazed at how comfortable I have felt all week; I felt more comfortable immediately. 40+ years of fear, gone in less than one week. That is amazing. –DJ
I was able to remain calm while back floating, doing reversal, and then front floating next to the wall in deep end. What a great surprise! I never thought I’d enjoy diving head first toward the bottom of the pool, but I did. –Val Friesen
Finally conquered the back float. Just making my mind up to slow down, go to the wading pool, not worrying about the others were doing made the difference. I even learned the recovery, once again by slowing it down and letting it happen, instead of forcing it. –Wayne Dufault
After years of not swimming, I have lots to work on. Being kind to myself has been a must so far in this class. Despite my frustration at not learning some skills as quickly I’d hoped. I have done more and became more comfortable than ever before. Patience with myself is something this class demands and something I am learning for myself. I learned to float on day 3 and it was a huge moment. Listening to my body is still new and every second I learn as I pay closer and closer attention. –Loretta
I can use my skills back float, front float, propelling in deep water with little or no difference than in shallow. How much fun- deep water can be! I no longer think of how deep- the water is. Frustrated with not being able to get to bottom: too much buoyancy? (body fat!) (THIS STATEMENT WOULD HAVE BEEN LAUGHABLE 6 MONTHS AGO!!!) –Jo Anne Yaremko
With my new goggles on, I’ve been watching the dreaded bottom in the deep end. But nobodies down there; not even close! It’s a lot of useless space where nobody goes! All the swimmers are up on top, same as me, and they are not struggling one bit to stay there. I’m beginning to believe the bottom is irrelevant. Its losing its power!! –Marilyn Montoya
Next Step Glenwood Springs May 2008, 7 students:
If you want to continue to feel comfortable in water (shallow or deep), this is the class that will get you there! –JoAnne Yaremko
It works. Looked for 20 years and finally found the answers I needed. Repeat this in the right voice: Stay in your body and it will come.-Field of Dreams. –Berta Robinson
Just do it –Michael Johannes
Trust yourself to take the class. It is such a worthy investment. It allowed me to get to a point where I could have (for the first time) fun in the water with my kids. That in itself was worth every penny. In my 5 year olds words: Mom, it was amazing!- after an afternoon in the water. –Ana Campos
Thankful it’s out there. True blessing. It’s the way to learn swimming and you can apply the method to any other fears one is trying to conquer. –Janet Jove
It changed my life. –Marilyn Montoya
No matter where you are on your journey to freedom in the water there are so many tools available to help you get there Next Step helps you by making the tools so much easier to use. –Nina Solo
Beginning Berkeley November 2007, 6 students:
This class has opened up a whole new world to me-physically, emotionally and spiritually. This class is the best thing since chocolate. I couldn’t have hoped for a better instructor. I would tell someone who is afraid of the water that they can’t NOT take this class. Even though its expensive, if you can somehow swing the cost, it works. –D.E.
Simply one of the best experiences of my life. –Joseph C.
This class has been amazing and I plan to continue with further sessions. Although I still have a long way to go, I am more comfortable in water than I have ever been. –Traci H.
Definitely well worth the time and money. –Denise L.
This is an excellent class for any adult who really wants to be comfortable in the water. –Mary Elyn B.
Would recommend this class to anyone afraid in water. Never thought I would ever make the progress I’ve made. –Angie S.
Comments from Every Class Member of the November, 2007 Palm Springs, CA Class
My whole life I have been taught to ignore fears and concerns. I lost the ability to listen to my sixth sense. This class introduced the steps necessary to reconnect my sixth sense as I begin once again to trust what I feel, sense, and experience. –Ana C., So. California
This approach to swimming is the only way to go. We all think we’ll be the exception and not be able to swim. But it’s a real breakthrough and truly works because it focuses on the mind-body connection. For every time I got stuck, there was an inevitable victory. — Catherine R., Sedona, AZ
It’s amazing. You have no idea what you’ve done for me. –John B., Idaho
Mind blowing opportunity to change the way I respond to my physical world. –Keith W., San Francisco
I rate my happiness with this class at 10 out of 10. What worked especially well for me was “no pressure.” –Carol S., TX
Take it. If you really want to enjoy water, take it. Nancy V., Palm Desert, CA
The class is so well thought-out. Words are inadequate! Stop thinking about it and do it! — Berta R., Denver, CO
This class is truly a miracle class. Try it! It’s definitely worth it. –Janet J., So. Cal.
Beginning Berkeley September 2007, mid-class comments:
I actually feel like I am beginning to feel like I trust the water. I also was excited to unfloat from the back float. I am excited to come each session now. –Cathy Sisneros Chung
For the first time in my life (I am 45 years old), I enjoyed being in the water. I actually had fun in the water. I was disappointed that our time in the pool was over. Before this class, I never thought I could have fun in the pool. Now I know I can and will. –Stephen Han
First time in the deep end of the pool without being frantic. –Mainak Banerjee
Today I dived to pick up a toy and tried to sit on the bottom, what fun. I also did a somersault! I never thought I could do that. It’s been a fun class so far especially today. –Stephen Han
Beginning Berkeley September 2007, 6 students:
I wish I knew about this class long ago. I wasted so much time and money trying to learn to swim the normal- way. I am so amazed how much I learned in two short weeks. –Stephen Han
The first session convinced me that it was going to work. So that was critical. First time in the deep end of the pool without being frantic. –Mainak Banerjee
Definitely worth taking. I’ve learned more than I thought I would in two weeks. –Ben Adley
All things should be taught this way. –Jim Bulgatz
Learning in a slow paced environment and remaining in your body was very effective. –Carmel Keane
Comments from Every Class Member of the August, 2007 Berkeley, CA Class (eight students):
“I love, love, love the class. I’ve already referred people to it. Perfect size of 10 max students .” –Mary Hau, San Francisco
“A must-do.” –Sheila Page, Oakland, CA
“I feel great that I took this class. I would highly recommend it especially to people who are scared of water. The spotter helped me float and it was incredible and that was the beginning of the miracle.” –Louella Wilson, Concord, CA
“10++++++. Nothing else could have worked for me, as far as I believe. It’s been a life-changing and enhancing experience for me. It far transcends swimming, although that, alone would have been more than worth it. I learned so much about myself, my ego, my capabilities, what blocks me, etc. It was worth every penny I spent and then some. I went far beyond what I thought possible.” –Greg Wellons, San Francisco
“It was excellent. I’m ready to take more classes. Already signed up for Next Step and looking forward to Freestyle.” –John Bibby, Oakland, CA
“It was miraculous. I was able to do things like floating and swimming in the deep end that I thought I would never do.” –Grande Lum, Oakland, CA
“This class has changed my life. I’ve received and learned more than I ever thought possible. I’m very happy and thankful.” –Fred Gapasin, San Francisco
“Fears dissolved one by one. A new world has completely opened up. Truly transformational and more fun than I could ever imagine.” –Herdis Pelle, Oakland, CA
Beginning Berkeley July 2007, Email Exchange:
I can’t tell you how relieved, astonished, happy, grateful, empowered, excited, triumphant (there are probably more adjectives but that a good sample) I feel. I went from being very nervous about walking across the shallowest part of the shallow end on the first day, to repeatedly diving head-first into the deep end on the last day. I think even [the instructor] was surprised at my transformation.
It seems that for me the big obstacle that loomed in my path was the fear surrounding the idea of floating free face-down without anything within my grasp. The first time I accomplished a front float and returned to my feet on my own and realized I was okay, I was so overcome by the milestone it represented that I burst into tears and I’m not a crier! After that, everything else was easy by comparison. Before the class, there was never a distinction for me between shallow water and deep water it was all water, all dangerous. So once shallow water wasn’t dangerous, deep water wasn’t either. For the first time in my life, I’m “ahead” of some swimmers: the ones who are fine in shallow water but afraid in deep water. Thank you for this class, and for having a website so that I could find it when I decided it was time- to finally do something about my fear. That fear I *used to* have! I’m not afraid anymore. — Denise Howard
Comments from Every Class Member of the July, 2007 Berkeley, CA Class (eight students)
“Well worth the time and investment no matter how far you progress within the class time. The point is you take it at your own pace.” — Denise Leo
“It’s amazingly effective.” –Helen Morgan
“Great class. Highly recommended!” –Grace Chang
“Very positive, indeed. I would encourage all fearful non-swimming adults to take the class. But I would encourage TSI to look closely at each student’s ability and advise them very closely on which class to take.” –Barbara Lane
“Class was great. Want to swim? Take this class. You will.” –David Atkin
I learned that the water supports me. Going slowly, doing what’s fun, getting instruction, and it all comes together. Richard and Deborah are excellent.” — Linda Brannan
“I came in skeptical and apprehensive along with my fear of the water, itself. I’ve come away astounded, and accomplishing things that I couldn’t even imagine before, without any fear at all. It seems too good to be true, but it is true! –Denise Howard
“Rate my happiness with TSI’s class? 9 out of 10.” –Cyndi Chaw
Comments from Every Class Member of the June, 2007 Glenwood Springs, CO Next Step Class
Many thanks to both instructors. You both have helped my dream to swim come true. –Grace E.
I think this is the only way I couldn’t overcome my fear of water. I’m extremely grateful to Melon for developing and perfecting this program. I would highly recommend it. –Ana O.
I feel this class along with the others has enriched my life in many different ways. My confidence and self esteem have improved and I feel like I can do anything I set my mind to. –Nina S.
No one should go through life without this class. –Carson B.
I would suggest that for those who have tried everything and given up hope, there is one more approach to try– and it works! –Gene S
This doesn’t work for me. I don’t understand it. — Don D.
Comments from Every Class Member of the May, 2007 Berkeley, CA Class (eight students):
“I felt the class was wonderful.” –Vickie, Singapore
“I have shared my experience of this Beginning class with many people and much to my surprise, many of these are non-swimming adults that have never let their fears be known. I can’t wait for the next class, but will have to. ” — Gaye Foss
“I loved the class and learned a lot. ” –Corrie Bowe
“The instructor makes all the difference in how I learn. He is perfect for this and he was once one of us. He relates to the feeling of being fearful and needing to take steps at our own pace.” –Nicole Acker
“I’m glad I finally had a chance to experience this class. If you are uncomfortable in any way in the water then you will never be able to experience the freedom you can have: the knowledge of your body’s buoyancy and idea of staying in your body. I liked the fact that I could really go at my own pace. In doing so, it allowed me to learn more than I ever have in swimming lessons. ” –LaShonda Jackson
“I was very happy: no pressure. I liked the class. It is the first time I have been in the deep end. ” –Ahmad Hadi
“I’m very happy with the class. I feel silly I didn’t take it long ago.” –Jan Bottorf
This class allowed me to learn to be comfortable in water. It taught me the basics which I never got in other classes. ” –Anonymous
This class is the only one where the instructor knows what makes it hard to learn to swim and knows what to do about it. Others may acknowledge fear but they don’t know how to deal with it successfully. 10, 10, 11, 10, 10, 11. –Steve Gates, Princeton, NJ