Put a checkmark next to the beliefs you hold. Check your gut-level beliefs, not your intellectual beliefs. Therefore, if you would act as if you had a certain belief, check it.

_____If I put my face in water, I’ll get water in my nose or mouth.
_____It’s dangerous when I get water in my nose or mouth.
_____If I get water in my nose or mouth, I’ll struggle, sputter, cough, and possibly drown.
_____If water gets into my mouth, I’ll swallow it.
_____If I relax in water, I’ll drop straight to the bottom like a stone.
_____Sometimes I can’t keep my presence of mind in deep water.
_____I am not a floater.
_____I know I can float.
_____I am not a swimmer yet.
_____I was born a swimmer.
_____It would be unwise of me to relax in water.
_____If I relax in water, I might lose control.
_____I may not have adequate lung capacity to swim.
_____Safety is possible.
_____Deep water works differently than shallow water.
_____My mind works differently in deep water than it does in shallow water.
_____It would be unwise of me to relax in deep water.
_____If I relax in deep water, something dreadful will happen.
_____Each breath I take must be maximal in case I don’t get another one.
_____I can’t control my body well in deep water.
_____I can’t control my body well in shallow water.
_____To learn to swim, I’ll have to follow the instructor’s directions, even if I don’t want to.
_____If a skill works in the shallow end, it won’t necessarily work in the deep end.
_____To float correctly, my body should be horizontal.
_____Being able to float depends on where the bottom is.
_____Being able to do other skills depends on where the bottom is.
_____A person can’t get air if s/he’s in deep water because there’s no bottom to stand on.
_____When I’m in deep water, I must move vigorously to stay afloat.
_____In deep water, I need skills that I don’t need in shallow water.
_____In order to rest, I need the bottom or the side.
_____It’s harder to breathe in deep water than in shallow water.
_____If I don’t have a place to swim to, I’m unsafe.
_____If I can’t see through the water, I’m unsafe.
_____If people are close to me in the water, I’m unsafe.
_____My fear is more dangerous to me than deep water is.
_____In order to learn to swim I’ll have to do things I don’t like.
_____I’m only safe if I can stand up or hold onto the side.
_____Shallow water is as dangerous as deep water.
_____Deep water won’t hold me up.
_____The water is more powerful than I am.
_____I need to be more physically fit than I am to learn to swim.
_____The Miracle Swimming system may work for others but it may not work for me.
_____I don’t trust myself in deep water.


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