Whether you had a traumatic swimming experience in your past or just never developed a comfort with water. Don’t let past experiences or preconceived notions prevent you from enjoying this incredible activity, either recreationally or as a sport. On a more serious note, letting fear prevent you from developing basic swim skills could jeopardize your safety–should you find yourself in a body of water.
So, if you’re looking to overcome a fear of the water, here are some tips that will help.
Practice in a Pool
If the idea of swimming already gives you anxiety, there’s no need to add more stress through your learning environment. A pool is an ideal environment for those learning to swim. Unlike with open water (large ponds, lakes or the ocean), swimming pools don’t have uncontrollable elements that can make swimming a greater challenge and more dangerous.
Slow and Steady Wins the Race
There is no need to push yourself past your comfort zone. Getting introduced to the water is something that should be done at your pace.
Start This Journey with Friends and Family
Not only will your friends and family provide encouragement that will get you in the water, having them participate in swimming with you gives you something positive to associate swimming with. This will help your fear dissipate and build your confidence in the pool.
Stick to the Shallow End
The shallow end is great until you’ve mastered more of the swimming fundamentals and are feeling more comfortable in the water. It acts as a safety net since you can stand up at any point.
Swimming is an important skill and here at B & C Aquatics, we would love to equip you with the skills to have safe, happy experiences in the pool for years to come! Don’t hesitate to reach out to us for further information.