Everyone can learn to swim Comfort comes first You can float vertically Overcoming fear IS learning to swim Having fun is the best way to learn Feel safe all the time Overcome fear without feeling afraid Go at your own pace Learn with your swimming people It’s amazing what 5 days can do Correct information does wonders!


Adult Swim Lessons In Person

Secure learning with the instructor 6 feet away

The Essentials: Our Entry Level Course

Our  starting course, now called Essentials 1, contains new lessons that all qualified swim instructors will one day teach to (the tens of millions of) adults who are fearful in water. Learn the essential information missing from most swim lessons. If you knew the essentials, you’d be happy in deep water today. Perhaps you’re not a rank beginner… but you still need the essentials.

The essentials are:

  • knowing how the water and your body work together: do you float, or not?
  • confidence in deep water: how to be happy there
  • knowing how to stay in control and prevent panic: “If something happens, I’ll be okay”

They include comfort, control, and peace of mind. The essentials do not include strokes. Strokes are for efficiency, not safety. Learning to swim is a different process than learning strokes.

“Everything you always wanted to know that no one ever told you!”

The goal of this course is to help you overcome your fear of the water and answer questions such as:

How can I be comfortable all the time?

Why am I convinced that I sink?

When will I stop hating to put my face in?

How can I feel okay letting go of the wall?

Why haven’t I been able to learn before?

Is there hope for me? Can I learn? 

Is it possible to enjoy myself in deep water?


It is literally impossible to fail if you try our system. It teaches the essentials, not “arms and legs.” You must be comfortable. Go at your own pace. We don’t push you. To help you outgrow your deep water fear, we’ll spend time in both shallow and deep water in the Essentials courses as you become ready. The ability to rest in deep water as long as you’d like will inspire you to say, “I can swim!” Learn most of that in the Essentials 1 course and the rest in Essentials 2 (formerly the Next Step course).

Can you believe us?

Every non-swimmer adult should know that they can learn to swim freely in deep water without difficulty and without being afraid. It would not be fun for us to guide you to our courses if you didn’t belong here and if they didn’t teach what we state. As you read the Student Comments page—which are not cherry-picked—you’ll find the astonishment of our grads. Our system is second to none. All that’s required is your full presence. 

“A must, especially if you are scared or skeptical about swimming or even the class.” -GS, September, 2021

“It is a MUST for every person afraid in water. The value of it is INESTIMABLE and exceeds the course fee BY FAR.” HM, August, 2021

“I’m concerned about losing money.”

No one wants to invest funds and vacation time and be disappointed. Miracle Swimming doesn’t want this, either. We are so confident in our system and our courses that we have a money-back guarantee.  Your part is to be present and stay true to yourself. Our part is to meet you at your level and deliver the course. If these things happen, you will be a happy camper when you leave. Please see every student’s comment. Whatever disappointment you’ve had in previous lessons elsewhere, we have the double duty of restoring your faith in your ability to learn to swim and proving that good swimming instruction really does exist for afraid-in-water adults.

You’re in good hands here.

Learn with the instructor 6 feet away with our float bars. Patent pending.

Who is the Essentials 1 Course designed for?

Our Essentials 1 Course is for anyone who is open to the idea that it is fear that has stopped them. They want to overcome it and be free. If you’d say you need extra help to overcome your fear, our Essentials SloMo course is for you. We guarantee success with our system. Find it in our books, DVD, podcast, YouTube channel, Online Essentials 1 Course, and website. You can also teach yourself to swim with our book and DIY Kit (tether and float bar). 

Our Online Essentials (formerly Beginning) Course is a remarkable, powerful course without the water. You learn the information missing from traditional swimming lessons. You learn early water skills through visualization. It has changed the mind of every person who’s taken it.

At left, a student is learning that the water holds him up. You will learn this with visualization if you’re a “visual” learner. Check it out here: 

Online Essentials 1 Course

Students begin to learn the front float. (Pre-Covid-19)

How would I know if I should take Essentials SloMo?

To determine which level is best for you, we recommend watching the Online Recorded Introductory course. $19 or call us. If you take one of our full length courses, this $19 will be credited to you. If you don’t, you will have learned enough from the online Intro to change your mind about learning to swim!

More guidelines can help. It makes a big difference to be in the right course! We’ve made the  Essentials SloMo course less expensive to encourage people to choose it if it feels like a fit.

Would it be a relief to you to learn to float by placing your hands on the bottom of a shallow pool?

Would you rather wade in ankle or knee-deep water than chest-deep water?

Would you love to not deal with deep water in your next swimming course?

If the answer to all of these is yes, take the Essentials SloMo course. You will make progress—guaranteed— in the right course. There is no shame in being in “SloMo.” It’s a relief to our students! When you step forward to overcome fear, it’s a bold, courageous, noble, intelligent move of self-care.


Students learn to be fully present at their own pace

Why should I take Essentials 1?

Our Essentials and Essentials SloMo Courses are the best place to start for fearful adults learning to swim. You don’t need to learn to move.  You need to learn to be still: fully present in water. Benefits that you can count on are:

◈ Having a choice and feeling safe all the time

Learning with others who feel as you do; camaraderie.

Having fun, no pressure, no competition

Surprising yourself with your progress

Overcoming fear without being scared

Understanding “how the water works”

Doing things you never could, because you feel better than you ever did

Receiving satisfying answers to your questions

Being “more yourself” when you leave

Small classes (especially small during Covid-19 restrictions)

Seeing the path to freedom as a swimmer

Individual attention: each student is at a different starting point and learns at his/her own rate, but all need the same information. Therefore, you learn individually, together and at your own pace.



Holding hands makes jumping in fun. (Pre-Covid-19 photo) We now have a new way to make you safe.

When & Where are the Essentials 1 Courses?

We will be offering the Essentials 1 Course all year at the following locations. Registrations pages are becoming available daily:

November 1-5, 2021 Sarasota FL 


January 17-21, 2022 Sarasota FL
April TBA, 2022 Sarasota FL
May TBA, 2022 Palm Springs CA
May TBA, 2022  Sarasota, FL
June, July, August, September
◈ October, November TBA


Palm Springs: $2656 includes hotel (Desert Hot Springs, CA) Guarantee

These two students overcame a huge amount of their fear in water in five days

We proved that an instructor doesn’t have to be within six feet of students for breakthroughs of this magnitude to happen in five days. This is just the beginning!