I have been working with the sensitive and water-ridden for more or less over 10 years. Fear of water has been of interest to me for a long time, and it has become a kind of passion. I wonder where the fear of water came from and how long the person has suffered from it with lifeguard training near me.
The passion is to turn the fear of water into water
Abundance and thereby into the ability to swim, possibly unskilled. The goal is not so much to make a water-afraid person a swimmer or a perfect swimmer, but to turn the fear of being in the water into a pleasure. To make a person come to the water because he enjoys it and wants to be close to the water. And most of all, get a water-afraid swimmer who can survive in the water. I have a whiteboard in my office where I put a sticker every time I get a smile from being in the water instead of a scared look in the pool. I wonder that every sticker is overcome by fear. And it is the most rewarding here.
At the beginning of my career as a swimming instructor
I held elementary school for adults, and in the latter part, I taught a lot of private lessons for the sensitive and water-afraid. I have worked with people of different ages and seen different levels of fear of water. The longer you suffer from fear, the stronger it is, and the harder it is to overcome it. There are also various reasons for the fear of water. In my experience, older people tend to have a near-miss situation in childhood or adolescence as a result of water fear. As an example of a situation in one of my students ’childhood where his brother had tricked him into a swamp he had been drowned in. This situation had given rise to a fear of water, which he was not prepared to face until several decades later.
My fear of water is more often due to a pattern learned from parents. For example, in the shower, water gets on your face or in the swimming pool, you swim your head on the surface and avoid any splashes on your eyes. I once taught one 8-year-old a child who was really timid. As we practiced going under the water jet, I said it was the same as going to the shower at home. The child said she doesn’t have to wet her face in the shower at home because her parents help her take a shower so that no water gets on her face. Parents can also intimidate them from going deep or tell the child that if they dive, they can drown. One schoolboy once came to me to say happily, “Oops, last time I drowned three times”. I wondered what he had learned the terms from and answered the child,
Young children may experience rocking
When they fall into the water for the first time taking independent steps in the pool. It is really important that parents stay calm even if the child is submerged. Sudden movements of the parents and facial expressions may cause the child to begin to fear water. It is also good for water-afraid adults to realize that they may unconsciously pass on their fears to their own children. It is therefore worth observing their own patterns of behavior. Likewise, their own reactions in the pool if the child hurts.
Minn’s tips and advice for the sensitive or water-afraid:
- Don’t be ashamed of your fear of water, don’t be ashamed of the high place!
- You are not the only one who is afraid of water.
- Prepare to face your fears! Decide that you will do something about it. Book an appointment for a swimming school or private lesson.
- The fear of water is bigger in your mind: When you come to the pool and get to practice the basic swimming skills with a professional, you will find that the exercises are not as difficult as what your mind / brain has made you realize.
- You can do it! Remember, the right attitude will accomplish a lot.
- Trust the professionals, they know what they are doing.
- A water-afraid parent should attend a child-adult swimming school where basic swimming skills are practiced together.
- Water surrounds us everywhere, wouldn’t it be nice to enjoy all those moments without fear?