Overcoming Your Fear of the Water
Swimming is an activity that everybody enjoys, especially during the summer. However, many people, both young and old, face fears of getting in the water. Matter of fact, a Gallup poll that around 46% of Americans have water-related fears such as drowning, deep water and others. However, here at Safety 1st Aquatics, our goal is to help you overcome your fears and walk through the process each step of the way. Whether you’re young and ready to learn a new skill or older and need to establish greater confidence while swimming, private swim lessons has no bounds.
Infants and Toddlers from ages 1-2, and Expectations
Due to physical incapability at these ages, giving toddlers and infants swim lessons is simply familiarizing them with the water and teaching the basics such as backfloating, flutter kicks and guided hand movement. It is typical for children at these ages to be afraid of the water as it is something new they have never dealt with before, however, familiarizing them with swimming from an early age can mitigate fear of water.
As the swimmer begins to get older and feels comfortable enough, our certified swim instructors start allowing the children to swim independently after having gone through the basics and ensuring that progress has been made. This allows the child to better understand the situation without someone directly guiding them and better adapt to their surroundings. With older age comes more expectations, and we can guarantee that your child will be water-ready by the completion of our lesson package. No one starts off a natural swimmer, private swim lessons can help you or your young children feel more confident when taking a dip!
Teens and Older
At this stage, we understand it might be hard to take the step to try learning how to swim on your own as the fear has resonated for some time. As a parent, if you see your child struggling with this, the best thing you can do is not force it upon him/her but simply bring up the topic of learning one step at a time. Although it may come as a surprise, around 30% of US teens and adults don’t know how to swim. And there is no shame in adult swim lessons either, which account for around 41% of yearly swim lessons. Expectations at this age become an exhaustive issue, which discourages many teens and parents away.
At Safety 1st Aquatics however, this is not an issue. We make it our goal to make you feel comfortable every step of the way and allow you to take small steps at a time at overcoming a fear or adapting this new skill. At older ages, it is important that we embed real life scenarios into our swim lessons and walk our students to correct procedures to be taken such as treading water in the deep end and finding oneself unable to touch the bottom, or seeing someone else face danger such as drowning.
Learning to swim should not be looked at as an insecurity, rather it should be looked at as honing or practicing a skill. Our goal is to help you or your child enjoy those beautiful dips in the water on a hot sunny day, and with the help of our certified swim instructors, we guarantee your satisfaction! Our swim lessons range around 30 minutes to an hour long, ensuring progress every step of the way.
For more on our private lessons, take a look around our site and find a package that best fits your needs.
– The Safety 1st Aquatics Team