End Drowning by Teaching Deep Water Comfort,
According to a Gallup Poll
of adults in United States…
are afraid to put their
heads under water
91 million people
are afraid in water over
their heads in pools
107 million people
are afraid in deep,
149 million people
How do we change those numbers?
After 39 years of teaching afraid adults to swim, we’ve uncovered four facts:
- That a new national program designed specifically for adults is needed. Eighty percent of drownings in the U.S. are by adults. Traditional lessons, designed for children, are not a fit for most adult non-swimmers.
- That I Can Swim means you’re reliable for your safety in water over your head. You don’t need to know strokes to be safe. Strokes are an efficient way to swim. Adults can learn to be safe in deep water much sooner if they are not taught strokes… until they can swim.
- That safety in deep water requires two things: being in control in deep water and understanding how the water works. Neither can be found in your most traditional lessons.
- That overcoming fear doesn’t have to be scary.
We believe all lessons should teach this information. With this new knowledge, drowning can virtually disappear.
Learn to Swim Without Feeling Afraid.
At Miracle Swimming we established what we believe is the most efficient system in the world to teach an afraid adult to swim.
Comfort comes first.
What is the Miracle Swimming Movement?
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 and believe that:
- Learning to swim must be fun, safe, gentle, reliable, easy and designed for the student.
- It is inevitable that you will learn to swim if you use the Miracle Swimming System.
- An instructor who cannot consistently teach terrified adults to overcome their fear of deep water is unqualified to teach adults.
- A test of the ability to swim is The New Swim Test.
The New Swim Test
The new test for whether someone can swim is to sit or stand on the bottom of a pool, preferably in deep water (at least 8 feet) for 10 seconds peacefully; then rise to the surface and float or play independently for 10 minutes peacefully, at least 10 feet from any support. If someone is unable to sit or stand on the bottom, that person will have demonstrated an understanding of their positive buoyancy.
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? The primary goal of learning to swim is to be safe in water over one’s head. Every person needs to know how to rest in deep water to recover from fatigue, and then either to continue, 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.”
How Will We Accomplish Our Mission?
- Raise awareness through national conferences and change.org.
- Secure financial support
- Train a nationwide team of instructors
- Keep the public informed through press releases, articles, speaking engagements
- Recruit the best
- Roll out a national lesson program for adults
- Market books and kits allowing adults to start in their own pool
- Free demonstrations
The experience for students and instructor trainees at Miracle Swimming is like waiting for the bus and finding out that it’s 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. We meet them exactly where they are. Our system is built on this.
Material people want to hear, 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 was correct? It’s so soft, so organic, so sensible and so gradual, that shifts sneak up on students and suddenly they’re doing things they thought they couldn’t do.