Learning to swim is more often something we do as children and may be the best time to learn before we develop a fear of water. Whether you’re a child with a fear of the water or an adult whose fear has stopped them from trying to learn these following steps can help you overcome those fears. Be sure to use a pool cover when your children are not near in the pool.
1) Face your fear It’s a common to feelings of shame surrounding a fear of water or swimming. It may be of some comfort to know that many adults and children have a fear of swimming especially in deep water. Once you accept your fear as a normal reaction you can begin taking steps to correct it.
2) Demystify water and swimming by learning all you can about the subject, for your child teach them the science behind our body’s natural bouncey. The more you learn about you will come to see it as nothing magical or complex at all.
3) Practice relaxation techniques to help being overwhelmed by your fear. Practice deep breathing or other physical relaxation methods, this will help you overcome your fear.
4) Use visualization to curb anxiety when you find yourself feeling fearful or anxious thoughts, focus on visualising yourself successfully swimming in a comfortable, stress-free environment.
5) Practice with a friend, whether you are taking lessons or learning on your own learning with a trusted friend can reduce your stress and make you more comfortable.
6) Start in shallow water that way you know you can easily touch the bottom with your feet without submerging your face and neck providing you with a feeling of security.
7) Dip your legs in the water, sit on the edge of the pool with your legs dangling, take as long as you need to feel comfortable. There’s no rush, just take your time focusing on the task at hand will help your confidence.
8) Enter the water gradually, if a pool ladder is available, enter the water one step at a time, taking as much time as you need. Once you reach the floor take time to relax and breathe deeply.
9) Practice submerging your face, one of the biggest hurdles for many beginner swimmers is to get over the fear of submerging their face. Start by splashing water on your face as if you were washing it, once you’re ready take a deep breath, then try squatting down and submerging as much of your face as you feel comfortable with.
10) Practice floating, simply lay your face in the water, then allow one, then the other leg to relax and leave the floor of the pool, stick your arms out on the surface of the water. When you’re ready to stand again calmly lower your legs to the floor.
Anytime we spend time around the water safety is a concern, as a homeowner with a pool you install adequate fencing, consider taking that extra precaution by installing a pool safety net.
Thanks to Katchakid pool covers for their tips.