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How to Overcome Your Fear of Learning to Swim

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For those with a strong fear of swimming, learning to swim can be a significant challenge. Preparing by facing your fears of water and swimming, and then gradually acclimating yourself to being in water, can help you reduce your fear, and focus on learning to swim.

Steps

Facing Your Fear

  1. Accept your fear of swimming.It is common to experience feelings of shame surrounding a fear of water or swimming, but remember: you're not alone! Nearly half of all American adults report a fear of swimming in deep water.Once you have acknowledged and accepted that your fear is perfectly normal, you can begin taking steps to correct it.
  2. Demystify water and swimming.Reading about the process of learning how to swim, and about the scientific principles of water and buoyancy, is a great way to prepare yourself for learning how to swim.A simple internet search for articles related to swimming or fear of water will provide you with many informative options to choose from. The more you learn, the more you'll come to understand that there's nothing magical or complex about learning to swim.
  3. Practice relaxation techniques.To help you avoid becoming overwhelmed or panicked by your fear of swimming, practice deep breathing or other physical relaxation techniques prior to any attempt to enter the water. Relaxing will reduce your fear, and make you more receptive to learning and instruction.
  4. Use visualization to curb anxiety.When you find yourself suffering from fearful or anxious thoughts about learning to swim, focus on imagining yourself successfully swimming in a comfortable, stress-free environment. This will help reduce your anxiety, and will make it easier for you to focus on learning to swim.

Getting Comfortable in Water

  1. Practice with a friend.Whether you are taking a swimming class, or learning independently, learning to swim with a trusted friend can reduce your stress, and make you more comfortable.
  2. Start in shallow water.Practicing in water shallow enough that you can easily touch your feet to the floor without submerging your neck or head will help you feel secure as you learn the basics of swimming.If you get fearful, just stand up, take a deep breath, and relax.
  3. Dip your legs in the water.Sit at the edge of the pool with your legs dangling in, and take a few moments to get comfortable. Remember, there's no rush. Spending some time relaxing and focusing on the task at hand will help your confidence.
  4. Enter the water gradually.If a pool ladder is available, enter the water one step at a time, taking as much time as you need to feel comfortable and secure. Once you reach the floor of the pool, take a moment to breathe deep and relax.
  5. Practice submerging your face.One of the biggest hurdles for many beginning swimmers to get over is the fear of submerging their face and head. Start by splashing water over your face, as if washing it. Once you're ready, practice taking a deep breath, and then squatting down to submerge as much of your face as you are comfortable with. Keep practicing, submerging more and more of your face until your whole head is under.
  6. Practice floating.Now that you can submerge your face and head, you are ready to try floating. Most human beings are naturally buoyant, so, while it might seem like a challenge, there's really nothing to it! Simply lay your face in the water, as you've practiced, and allow one, and then the other, of your legs to relax and leave the floor of the pool, stretching your arms out on the surface of the water. When you are ready to stand again, calmly lower your legs to the floor.
  7. Find a swimming class.Once you're more comfortable and confident in water, you can begin learning to swim. Professional instruction is a great option for those suffering from a fear of swimming, and because fear of swimming is so common, beginner swimming classes for adults are widely available.
    • A simple internet search for beginner swimming lessons should point you in the direction of classes in your area.
    • Alternatively, visit or call a gym or community center with pool access, or a local public swimming pool, to inquire about beginner's lessons.

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  • Question
    How can I start to learn how to float on my back if I am afraid?
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    Start in the shallow end and ask someone to stand with a hand under your back.
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  • Question
    How do I float in the water?
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    Humans are naturally buoyant. If you take a deep breath and hold it, you will increase your buoyancy enough so that you can float without any effort.
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  • Question
    How can I start learning front floating?
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    You first need to relax yourself, don't struggle in movement and let your body float gradually. Try getting a friend or instructor to help you in balancing.
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  • Question
    I can submerge my head in the water and balance my legs well, but the moment I leave the wall I start drowning. How can I float without any support?
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    Floating on your back can be tricky. Push your hips and chest up to the surface, and put your head back as far as you can. Breath deeply, having your lungs filled with air will help you stay at the surface. Practice treading water in a shallower pool to build your strength before you go into a deeper pool. And always make sure there's someone else who can swim around.
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  • Question
    Can I drown while trying to float?
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    If you start to move a lot there's a chance you could drown.
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  • Question
    How do I get off of my back and upright without falling?
    wikiHow Contributor
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    Slowly lower your feet to the floor. It helps if you are on the shallow end.
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  • Question
    How do I relax in the pool and float easily?
    wikiHow Contributor
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    First, get used to the water. Also start with a flotation device like an inner tube.
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  • Question
    How do I conquer my fear of submerging my head in water?
    Kendall Grube
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    First just put your nose in, then work your way up to submerging more and more of your head. Goggles will definitely help.
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  • Question
    How do I overcome the fear of opening my eyes underwater?
    Felicity M.
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    Try it in a pool first. Hold your nose and slowly go under and open your eyes. It will feel weird and everything will be blurry at first. You probably will need to resurface quickly and your eyes may feel sore, but keep practicing and it will get better and easier.
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  • Question
    What is a Tarzan swim?
    Drew Arthurton
    Community Answer
    It's a drill to strengthen the trapeziums muscles on the back of the neck and the back.
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