Here’s the top 10 things that you really should know about the fear of water:
1) Most afraid swimmers don't experience a unpleasant or near lethal
aquatic experience that started their fear of water. In reality their fear is as much a part of who they are , as is the colour of their eyes.
2) Most afraid swimmers don't know or are comfortable with the proper breathing cycle, “in thru the mouth and out thru the nose” when they put their face in the water.
3) It is unrealistic to expect or assume that a fearful swimmer will be able to learn proper swim stroke technique until they have defeat their fear of water first.
4) Anybody, regardless of their age, fitness level or life experience can learn to overcome their fear of water and learn the way to swim.
5) The emotional obstacles that scared swimmers must understand, manage and overcome so as to feel comfortable, competent and safe in water can be unrelenting, intensely manipulative and overwhelming.
6) An individual's fear of water can be so powerful and their point of view so skewed, that even if they are put into the safest of marine environments,eg waist deep water and hanging onto the side of the pool, they feel like their life is in peril.
7) Fear can forestall a person from thinking, feeling and acting rationally.
8) Fear of water doesn't necessarily forestall someone from getting a home with a pool, a ship or taking their family on a vacation that includes aquatic activities, but it does increase their risk for drowning or reduce their abilities to rescue another swimmer in trouble.
9) As the body ages and physical fitness becomes more imperative to a person's mental and emotional health, swimming and water aerobics become one of the least stressfull and most effective and efficient resources that they can use, unless they suffer from fear of water.
10) Fear could be a dynamic motivator, instead of a unpleasant deterrent!!!
Aquatic Therapist, Jeff Krieger, the Founder and Director of the S.O.A.P. (Strategies Overcoming Aquatic Phobias) Program, has a BA in Psychology and a MA in Counseling. He has been an aquatic professional for over thirty years and is recognized as an innovator and expert in helping fearful swimmers overcome their fear of water.