Learn to Swim - Water Phobia

by Pool Builders on 01-24-2011 in Articles

Water phobia is a common mental block among adults and children. What are the ways to overcome it and enhance your water confidence?

As a swimming coach, I always have a concern when I am conducting a new swimming class. I did not have a thorough knowledge of the students' level of water confidence and my perception of their confidence derived from their age. From my years of experience, I always find that those who are older tend to be more water confidence. The student's height may contribute to their water confidence as mentally they are capable of standing in the pool if anything happen to them. However, this perception does not work always for me.

So what are the steps to overcome their water phobia and make swimming enjoyable for them?

Fun Orientated

If the student is water phobia, the advancement of achievement tends to be leisurely. I did not want the student to develop a fear whenever they have to attend the lesson. Lessons must be conducted in a fun manner to increase the student water confidence.

The First Step to the Swim Pool

First, you have to guide the student to the swim pool in some scenarios. The height of the student will determine which type of pool I will bring the student to commence the lesson. If the student is a young toddler, I will bring them to the baby pool. I always like to use the steps to guide them into walking the pool. The steps will provide a sense of security that their legs are competent of reaching and at the same time, I will hold one of their hands firmly to assure them. If the student do not trust me as I am still a stranger to them, I will ask the parent to assist. Normally, I will bring my adult student to teaching pool which is about 1.2 meters in height to commence the lessons.

Feel the Water

When the student is adapting comfortable to the water environment, it is a clear signal to get the student wet. The basic way of starting is to pour water over the student head gradually. It gives the student the feel of water and gradually increases their water confidence. If the children are not adapting well to the environment, toys can be utilized to distract them and get them to be comfortable with the water.

Frequency of the Lesson

Lesson must be conducted in a regular interval to enhance the performance of the student. Water phobia student requires more time than other student to adapt to the water conditions. If there is no improvement, do not give up. Patience is the key to their success.

Water phobia student need the essential techniques to overcome it. Encouragement and patience is the key to overcome it. Most importantly, they must have fun when learning to swim. Have fun.

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