- Are you afraid to put your head underwater?
- Have you ever tried a LEARN TO SWIM in 10 DAYS DVD, only to find after 10 days you didn't learn to swim?
- Have you had a frightening experience in the water - and wish you could overcome your fear of the water?
- Do you wish you could be taught to swim by a PATIENT swim instructor - who UNDERSTANDS your fears and apprehension?
- Have you ever wanted to attempt a TRIATHLON - but never signed up because of the "SWIM" leg?
I had practically given up on swimming. It wasn't as if I was unfit. I watched people swimming effortlessly - who appeared physically overweight or unfit. I couldn't understand HOW they did it - and I couldn't? I'm actually an athlete. I've run marathons, skated on inline skates in numerous races, I've competed in national tennis events, ride my bike in Century Rides - and yet I could not conquer the water.
I tried instructional DVD's offerred over the internet - that are intended to help people like me. I learned a lot of good information -- but not enough to get me to actually swim. WHY? Was I just not "getting it"? Was I a slow learner?
I am NOT a professional swim instructor. I am not a Life Guard. I am not a "Michael Phelps". I am not certified in anything that has to do wth aquatics. I am Jane Wadsworth, someone who was deeply terrified of the water - and with my background in teaching, I taught myself how to RELAX in the water, BREATHE properly, and now swim. I could easily go about my business, now that I have finally conquered the water - but what joy is in that?
So, I put my teaching skills, and my TRUE APPRECIATION of Adult fears of water to the test. I wanted to see if I could help other ADULTS, like me, who REALLY wanted to swim - but were afraid. I wanted to see if RELAXING and BREATHING was as much an issue for other ADULT non-swimmers -- like it was for me. I wanted to see if I could help other ADULTS who never learned to swim -- discover the amazing JOY of becoming harmonious with the water. I wanted to see if I could help others conquer their fears and anxiety in the water.
I started by taking my teaching methods to the pool - and begin working with aquaphobic adults. The results were stunning - both to me and my students! With a 100% success rate - each aquaphobic adult learned to relax, become comfortable in the water, and apply breathing techniques. Once they learned to breathe and be comfortable - swimming became easy. The response from my students was the same. They were amazed, thrilled, and insisted that my techniques were remarkable and unique.
Soon, adults from nearby water aerobics classes - asked me to help them learn to swim. They could see the success I was having with my students - and it became apparent that MANY adults never learned to swim, and/or were fearful of the water. They longed to be in the lap lane, swimming carefree - instead of holding tight to buoyancy aids in the shallow end of the pool. I wanted desparately to help each and every adult overcome their fears, and learn to swim -- but there wasn't enough time in the day.
As a long-time TEACHER, I understand the importance of "building blocks". You achieve success, by building upon each prior success. You achieve confidence, by having more successes. And, there is no greater feeling of accomplishment, than learning a new skill.
The TIPS on this blogsite...are unique for those of us with a fear of the water. Why is this important? Because, I know HOW you need to learn - and succeed in the water. Follow the tips on this site...and start enjoying the world of water. It's as simple as that.