64% of American adults are afraid in deep, open water
46% of American adults are afraid in deep water in pools
39% of American adults are afraid to put their heads under water.
-Gallup Poll, 1998
As part of our Jump Off the Boat Course, this student practices returning to the “boat” using our tether. Patent pending.
We believe all lessons should teach this information. We believe this system is second to none for teaching an adult to swim. With this new knowledge, adult and child drowning can virtually disappear worldwide.
It’s a 39-year old unrelenting crusade to fulfill the wildest dreams of fearful adult learn-to-swim students, backed by the indomitable spirit of a few 100%-committed thought leaders and expert instructors who support the four facts above. We believe that:
The new test of whether someone can swim or not is to:
If they can do that, they’ve proven that they understand that water holds them up (or they can peacefully support themselves) and they are in control. If someone is unable to sit or stand on the bottom, that person will have demonstrated an understanding of their positive buoyancy… or that they are not yet peaceful.
Every person needs to know whether or not they float, how to rest in deep water —and how to either continue onward or wait for help.
If everyone could pass the new swim test, the drowning rate would plummet. We need a new definition of, “I can swim.”
Many people passed their first (traditional) swimming test for propulsion and stroke technique years ago and therefore believe they can swim—even though they aren’t comfortable in deep water. What could be more unsafe than thinking you can swim when you can’t?
The experience of learning to swim at Miracle Swimming for both students and instructor trainees is like waiting for the bus and finding it coming from the other direction.
Love, respect and common sense plus a new understanding of learning and swimming make people feel differently in our classes. Learning is inevitable. We meet them exactly where they are. Our system is built on this.
Information that people are yearning to hear but never expected to hear in a swimming class is part of the system. There is time and space to digest and absorb it. They call the results a miracle.
People say, “You’re sneaky!” The solution is the opposite of what the world has told them. They knew their previous teaching didn’t compute, but what should they have been taught? It’s so soft, so organic, so sensible and so gradual, that change sneaks up on students and suddenly they’re doing things they thought they couldn’t do.