After 38 years of teaching afraid adults to swim, we’ve uncovered four facts:
We believe all lessons should teach this information. With this new knowledge, drowning can virtually disappear.
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.
It’s a 38-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:
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.”
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? Ours is so soft, so organic, so sensible and so gradual, that shifts sneak up on students and suddenly they are doing things they thought they could not do.