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!

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DIY Learn-to-Swim Kit

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$157.34 Kit
Float Bar, tether, paperback, DVD, and podcast with 10% discount

To remove an item from the kit, change its quantity to zero.
Receive a 10% discount by ordering any three items.
$25 shipping for full kit.

See full description below list of pictures.


Float Bar

With instructions.


Belt should be loose but should not fall past hips when standing. Tether comes with instructions.

Tether extender

OPTIONAL: Add additional tether extender to increase your float distance.

Conquer Your Fear of Water book

Choose ebook or paperback for your book option. Paperback comes with full kit.

DVD: The Miracle Swimmer

$18.95 each (before discount)


Podcast: The Learn to Swim Show

$13.95 each (before discount)



Do-It-Yourself Learn-to-Swim!

There’s one thing that’s prevented you from learning to float: feeling safe. If you felt safe, what would you try? You can have fun slowing down in the water and feeling what’s actually happening: it holds you up! There are other things you need to know as well, such as how to comfortably and happily put your face in water. That’s in our book. If you use this kit as directed, you cannot possibly fail to learn to float. No pushing, no cajoling, no disappointment. Guaranteed performance by our system, or your money back. That means you must use it. It’s normal, everyday information arranged in a way you probably haven’t heard it before.

Learning to float is an essential step of learning to swim. Connect yourself to a Float Bar. Or, use the Tether to connect to a pool ladder or railing. Feel safe, knowing you won’t drift away: you’re securely attached. After a few lessons you’ll learn to derive safety from yourself, not from the float bar or railing. When you feel safe, you experience what’s true about water and deep water. It holds almost everyone up. You will be convinced once you feel safe. Overcome fear. Patent pending. If you have no ladder or rail, connect to another stationary object outside the pool. If you follow the instructions of learning to float and find that you are one of the few people who do not float (very low body fat), you can still learn to swim. The book has the solution.

How to Succeed
The book gives you every single step of learning to swim. As you follow the instructions and become more confident, expand the tether to float further away.
Good floats are demonstrated by the student photos above. The diagonal float is normal for someone with lean legs. A horizontal float is just as good. You will outgrow the float bar and tether. We recommend that you pass it on to someone who needs it. 149 million adults in the U.S. do not believe they float in deep water.

To use the tether: the long strap goes around your waist. One strap connects to the Float Bar, pool ladder or railing. One strap extends or shortens your distance from the Float Bar. Color coded connectors make connections simple. Pipes fill with water, keeping Float Bar on the floor. Float Bar immediately drains while being removed from pool.

This kit includes:

  • Float bar or Float bar plans* PDF: build it yourself with PVC pipe. Excellent instructions with photos.
  • tether: three straps
  • how-to book
  • how-to DVD
  • podcast

*Float Bar is built to the specifications below.
You’ll need a rubber mallet to assemble the Float Bar.

The belt of the tether should be the length that most closely fits your waist. If you would like the option of having extra length to be further from the float bar or wall, buy an extra extender. The extra extender, up to four feet long in addition to the three foot extender that comes with the kit, is $9.95. It is not advisable to order the longest belt to accomplish this, as you would need more hardware on the belt to make it work correctly. Further, it depletes the supply of longer belts for those who require them.

1. Why do I need the book, DVD, and podcast?
You need the book. You don’t need the DVD and podcast, though they add to your overall understanding and comfort. Much common knowledge about learning to swim is incorrect. If you use common knowledge, it’s likely that you follow traditional thinking, skip steps, and become discouraged.  At Miracle Swimming, steps are not skipped and success is ensured. Our book, DVD, and podcast teach you how to learn, feeling safe all the time. No more panic. The urgency to learn is understandable. However, it’s best to start at the beginning. The book provides every single step an adult needs to learn to swim, from fear in shallow water to freedom in deep water. It doesn’t include strokes—which make swimming efficient but not safe—because strokes are not relevant to overcoming fear. The DVD shows the introduction to a real course with actual students learning for the first time and the first teachings: the 5 Circles, lessons of learning to put your face in and the back float. Follow students’ progress over an 8-week / 24 hour course including their first lessons in the deep end. You will see excerpts of two Miracle Swimming courses in action.

Listen to the podcast or read the first 60 pages of the book to get started. Or watch the DVD before you get into the pool. Read the whole book to learn to swim comfortably in the shallow and deep. You can learn to swim safely in deep water fully with the book, tether, and a pool with a ladder or the float bar.

2. Your belly should not touch the Float Bar when you float on your back. If it does, put the Float Bar in shallower water. Or, make your Float Bar taller.

How can you know in advance if your belly will touch it?
If you’re fairly lean, you will most likely float at a diagonal and your feet will be on the floor, belly below the surface and the Bar.
If the top bar of the Float Bar is in 40 inches of water and you’re not as lean, your belly may touch the Float Bar because you may float horizontally. Just move the bar to shallower water.

Height: 40 inches to top of cross bar
Length: 67 inches
Width (including side supports): 81 inches
Width of cross bars: 40 inches
When building the float bar, you may omit the cross bars on the floor: the device will support you.