Friday, December 26, 2008

Learn How To Swim 101 - Overcoming Fear- Christmas




The thing about fear of the water and swimming is that unless it is a genuine phobia, it actually has more to do with fear of not being in control rather than the water itself.

For example, when a student or their parents wanting them to learn to swim, one of the first things that I teach them is how to float. usually in order to teach them how to float I first have to teach them how to stand up.

I may struggle to gain the confidence of the swimmer but that usually all changes the moment the swimmer learns that they have enough control to stand up on their own.

Its the same with a swimmers fear of the deep water in most cases as soon as they learn that in the worst case they can roll over onto their back the deep water looses its threat.

Each of these cases are cause for great celebration one mastered.

Christmas is also a cause for great celebration. It's the celebration of the birth of a child that would end up giving us the ultimate control. That of our own destiny.

Merry Christmas
And to all of those that live in Australia where Christmas is in Summer, don't for get to slip slop slap (slip on a shirt, slop on the sun screen and slap on a hat).

And as Laurie Lawrence would say:
Fence the pool
Shut the gate
Learn to swim
Supervise (and watch you mate- parenthesis mine)
Learn to resuscitate

Enjoy
Richard

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