Fear for water or how to swim is something very common with most people. As a matter of fact, about ⅔ of the world’s population are scared of open-bodies water, deep pool/water.
This fear can be provoked by so many reason, some of which are;
- Fear of drowning
- Fear of the unknown ( what could possibly underneath just the upper view of the water).
- The fear maybe something of inheritance (perhaps the parents were themselves scared of water)
- It could possibly be due to bad water experience in the past as a child or so.
- It could also be caused by bad teaching experience or techniques by ex instructors.
If the first step of a swim lesson begins with just “Getting into the pool” then many of those who fear water will boycott swim lessons entirely but that isn’t the case with most swim swim lessons.
overcoming the fear of water could be very difficult sometimes and can even hold back some people from learning how to swim but it doesn’t have to be that way.
You don’t have to worry much if you feel nervous or scared getting into the pool because it isn’t just you. If you find yourself around a pool side or swim lesson you will realize that there are so many going through the same situation as you. The big question still remains “ How do we combat this fear?”. Let’s look at a few tips put together just to help you solve that problem and get water be your friend.
Acknowledge Your Fear
It is naturally embarrassing and shameful knowing you are scared of water but you need to bare in mind that you are not the only one with such a challenge. For you to be able to prown and take measures to “unfear” the fear in you, you need to first of all accept and acknowledge the fact that you fear water.
Reading about the processes of learning how to swim and what actually happens to you when you get into water like; water entering your nostrils, ears, mouth and so, and also the principles/properties of buoyancy, is a great way for preparing yourself in when you finally get into water.
Practice Relaxation techniques
Getting yourself acquainted with relaxation techniques such as; deep breathe, and or visualization outside the pool will make it easy to use them if needed when you get into water
Practice with someone(Friend)
To get more comfortable, less scared and stress free in water, take practice with a trusted friend.
Swing Your Feet In Water
At the shallow point of the water, sit down and gradually put your feet in water swinging and dangling your legs forth and back so as to enjoy the feel and or sensation of the water around your legs.
Stand in Water
When you can comfortably stand in water, carry water with your hands and splash on your face as though you are washing your face. This is just to get your face use to touching/getting into water.
Slowly Get Into The Water
Using the pool steps/ladder, gradually enter the water one step at a time and a pace that suits you best and that will make you feel comfortable and safe. Be sure the water doesn’t exceed chest level. When you get to the floor, take a deep breathe, relax and move around and get a good feel of the water
This is a stage that overwhelms so many beginners. You don’t just start by covering your whole head in water, NO! You can start by splashing water on your face using your hands. When you get comfortable with water touching your face, practice taking and deep breath and gradually go down as though you want to squad and first have the water length be between your mouth and nose ( with your mouth closed of course). Try to breathe with your nose with your mouth under water. Keep practicing that until you get comfortable breathing with your nose close to water without it getting through.
When you can do well with breathing close to water, catch your breathe and try squatting some more but this time, try getting your nose completely under water. Try maintaining this position for a few seconds and the stand up. Keep practicing until you get your full head completely under water.
When you can actually feel comfortable with your whole body, your head in particular completely in and or under water, I guess you can kick off with other techniques from here.
Hi Friend, I hope these tips helped you overcome the fear of water, let me know in the comments section what it was like for in the pool.