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About Miracle Swimming

Swimmers know something that non-swimmers don't know

Is it arms, legs and breath?

No, it’s “how the water works.”

Traditional lessons teach “what to do with arms and legs.” Since it’s not what non-swimmers need, they are still looking for a course that works. It’s Miracle Swimming. We turned the century-old system upside-down. You can be successful at last!


We hold that:

  • Comfort is #1
  • Learning to swim means peace and competence in water over one’s head
  • Learning to swim must be fun, safe, unfailing, gentle, and designed for the learner: in our case, adults
  • You must be in control to learn
  • Overcoming fear does not have to be scary
  • Learning to swim is inevitable if you take the right steps in order
  • In order to be safe in deep water, learn to swim before trying to swim efficiently (strokes)
  • Learning strokes is not learning to swim


Every student’s comment


Miracle Swimmers know something that other swimmers don’t know


That is, how to prevent panic and remain in control.

There are three keys to safety:
1. knowing why there is no need to panic
2. knowing how to prevent a frightening situation
3. knowing how to prevent panic in a frightening situation.
It’s not just telling yourself, “Don’t panic.”

Miracle Swimmers learn all three. You can be a Miracle Swimmer.

The Miracle Swimming Movement
is a 37-year old unrelenting crusade to fulfill the goals and wildest dreams of fearful adult learn-to-swim students. It is backed by the indomitable spirit of a few 100%-committed thought leaders and expert instructors. Are you one?





















About Our Founder,
Melon Dash

Founder Melon Dash opened her swim school in 1983 when it was one of two schools in the adult swimming lessons industry. Now, she leads it.

  • World renowned, foremost expert
  • 37 years of unparalleled success

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About Our 5 Circles Learning System

  • The 5 Circles is the system developed in 1983 by Melon (M. Ellen) that guarantees learning.
  • The 5 Circles can be used to overcome any fear and to learn virtually anything without being frightened.

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Yes. The class works for everyone who tries it. Just as 2+2 can only equal 4, if you use our method, you cannot get any other result but freedom in the water. This is why we can guarantee our work. It’s a system based on universal learning principles. Yes, the class will work for you if you are there, you ask all your questions, and you try it. As one student put it, “It cannot and does not fail.” —Mary Alice Yund, Chemist, Berkeley, CA
By letting yourself be yourself. By going slowly and not pushing yourself. By going at your own pace and not comparing yourself to others. Ask all your questions. Play. Be a kid. Give yourself time. Suspend deadlines.
Beginners have often taken swimming lessons before where they were taught that learning to swim means “proper movement of arms and legs.” They usually feel that their fear hasn’t been addressed. They know there must be another way to learn and they’re willing to try something new. They’d like to learn in a supportive environment where they’re sure they’ll make progress.
You may wear them under goggles if you wish. Or, you can buy goggles that have your prescription ground into them. Choose a pair of goggles that fit your face and don’t leak, first. THEN have them ground.

At Miracle Swimming School for Adults, we developed what we believe is the most gratifying and efficient system in the world to teach an afraid adult to swim: The 5 Circles. It’s based on comfort and fun.

Our History

  • Miracle Swimming School for Adults started in 1983 as Transpersonal Swimming Institute in Berkeley, California. Our goal has always been that all adults are happy and competent in deep water.
  • In the early 80s, two thinkers on the west coast of the U.S. in the unborn industry of adult swimming lessons realized that adults in lessons were struggling with little success.

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