Aqua Phobic Adult
Aqua phobic adults are people that are truly terrified of the water. Usually, they have had some close call or a traumatic experience related to the water. They are so frightened that just to submerge in the water and walk around may be very difficult and scary. An aqua phobic adult may also have never had the opportunity to be submerged in water. They are afraid because they do not understand how the water works so they are afraid they might drown.
We carefully approach adult aqua phobic adult with patience and encouragement. We know it took many years to get to the point where you are so fearful. We take things slow and never ask you do anything you are not comfortable with to master your fear. Once the fear of the shallow water is conquered we work on the front and back float and introducing the front crawl and the back crawl.
Terrified Non-Swimmers (Aquaphobic)
We have a lot of experience working with adults who have had a bad experience or just poor swimming lessons. Adult non-swimmers require a different approach than children. We make it informative and easy to learn to swim by taking small, incremental steps, that will take you from terrified to cautious to swimming in a relatively short time. We understand the psychology of the fear of water and deal with that before expecting swimming. If an instructor teaches techniques without dealing with the fear, the student will be ‘doing it afraid’ and will never learn to enjoy the water. We will push a student past what they are comfortable with but never push them to the point where they are scared.
A non-swimmer adult is a person that really does not know how to swim properly. They may be able to dog paddle and keep themselves up in the water if they are forced to. They are not comfortable with the deep end of the pool but they could probably save themselves if they had to. Generally, they do not go in water over their head.
We work on increasing a non-swimmers comfort in the water, especially the deep end. We continue working on the front crawl, the back crawl, and the elementary backstroke
Adult New Swimmer
The new swimmer adult is a person who has learned to swim and is comfortable in both the shallow and the deep end but they do not know how to breathe properly on a freestyle. They may be comfortable on their back as well as their front. They generally take a big breath, swim as far as they can, and stop for a breath.
We work on the breathing on the freestyle, the back crawl, and the basics of the breaststroke.
The adult swimmer knows freestyle but has trouble with endurance and catching a breath. They usually swim flat and generally do not rotate their body well enough to get a good breath. They can swim comfortably on their back in back crawl, but do not know how to properly do a breaststroke, butterfly, or elementary backstroke.