I'm Terrified of the Water, Help!
For adults who have had a traumatic experience in the water, we’ll start with the basics: breathing, floating and getting from a floating position to a standing position with confidence. When you start to feel comfortable in the water we’ll dive into learning the four competitive strokes: Freestyle, Backstroke, Breaststroke, and Butterfly.
If you’re extremely aquaphobic we’ll start you outside the pool and teach you how to breathe into the water using a salad bowl; if you feel comfortable in shallow water we’ll start you immediately in the Endless Pool—only 3 feet deep.
For children who are afraid of the water, our group classes are designed to include children of all ages and skill levels, whether they are highly adept or highly fearful. We find that group classes generally serve children better in improving their swimming skills. However, every child is different and what works for one student may not work for another. We typically recommend starting with group classes and if an instructor feels private lessons are a better approach, the office can help you make that transition. If your child is four or older and you’re absolutely sure they will not do well in a group setting, you can arrange for your child to take private lessons.