Get Over Your Fear of Water by Learning to Swim

Encouraging your child to learn how to swim.
Want to get over your fear of the water? These tips can help. Photo from Pixabay.

Many individuals have a huge fear of water. Often, something frightening happened to them as a young child. Others just become severely anxious when in water for no apparent reason. There is a way to overcome these water fears, as explained in this post sponsored by ValuedVoice. Individuals that learn to swim in a relaxed setting often find that their fears have disappeared. It is important to find the right swim instructor or professional swim coach. Look for someone with a lot of patience and a calm demeanor. Most communities have some sort of public pool where swim classes are often held.

Encouraging your child to learn how to swim.
Want to get over your fear of the water? These tips can help. Photo from Pixabay.

Not being able to swim really limits a person’s ability to fully enjoy experiences that include water activities. Those that cannot swim often avoid being in places where water is present. This includes beach vacations, pool parties, nature hikes around a lake and boating on a river. While those that can’t swim should always wear a life vest when near water, learning to swim offers a better permanent solution. Kids that can’t swim need to be monitored closely when they play or are around any water. This can make kids fearful of activities like fishing and boating.

Many children have pool parties during the summer or on their birthdays. A child that cannot swim may feel left out of the fun. They are often embarrassed by their lack of swim skills, and many tend to withdraw and avoid places and events where water is a major factor. Kids can typically take to swimming faster than adults can. There are even baby and mom swim classes that gets young children comfortable about being in water. For older children, consider enrolling them in specialized swim camps generally offered during the summer months.

There are now online swim courses that can outline the basics of the correct form that should be used in the various strokes. A video showing the proper way to perform a breaststroke kick can give a visual depiction of this movement that the student can then practice. Advanced swimmers can get one-on-one swim lessons with prominent swim coaches through an interactive online swim program. This gives individuals that live in rural areas the same opportunities for advanced swim technique lessons offered by an experienced professional swimming coach. With the right instruction, individuals can really leave their fear of water behind and learn to enjoy swimming.


  1. I love the water so much. Always have.
    My mother is terrified of the water. She will sit on a raft, but if a wind even starts moving her she freaks out and will leave the water. Her father threw her in when she was little, told her it was time for her to learn to swim. She talks about taking swim lessons, but never has. 🙁

  2. It is SO important to learn to swim! I had a fear of water too, and was so embarrased when I went to Hawaii with girlfriends and had a panic attack when we went snorkeling. I made it my mission to concur that fear and I’m so glad I did!

  3. I am so happy you shared this and I am amazed at the responses. I tend to forget I’m not the only “baby” afraid of splashing in the pool. I do know how to swim — I can dog paddle like a pro — but I’ve never liked water and I grew up spending summers with my grandparents on an ISLAND! So, like I said, I do know how to swim, but I never do it “for fun.” I’m a land lover.

    Best wishes to all of my fellow aquaphobics. xox

  4. You have NO IDEA how important proper supervision and lessons at an early age. I’ve been a swim instructor and swim team coach for 10 years and did my senior thesis on this topic in college. You hit the nail on the head!

  5. I love this. I had adult swim lessons with the goal of being able to complete my first triathlon. I was super proud of myself. There’s no reason to place limitations on yourself these days. ❤️

  6. Good article. people with traumatic background are also having this issue, where they were once almost drowned in a pool because of a peer-swimming-jokes-in-a-pool. or they happened to fall into a river back then their old days and got helped by another people. what you mention above is true, they need people with patience and calm demeanor.

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