A step by step journey that will help you face your fears and move beyond them.
Are you an adult who has always wanted to learn to swim but are simply too scared to try? Are you tired of sitting on the sidelines or the sand while your friends and family enjoy the pool or the ocean? Or have you just decided that NOW is the time to finally learn to swim so you can cross it off your Bucket List? If so, Learning to Swim When You're Scared is just the book to help you! Created specifically for adults who want to swim but lack the confidence to do so it focuses on the steps you need to undertake with simple, positive language and helpful illustrations.
If you're looking for a short cut or the previously unpublished "secrets" to becoming a proficient swimmer then keep looking. Learning To Swim When You're Scared doesn't make unrealistic promises or offer a guarantee of success. Rather it gives you the tools you need to make it happen.
There are many reasons why people are afraid of learning to swim - some are simple and some are complex. But that doesn't matter. You can conquer your fear and move beyond it as long as you are prepared to roll your sleeves up and have a go.
Learning to swim as an adult isn't "easy" - if it was you would have done it already, right? That's not to say it's difficult either, you just need the right information to help you. Learning To Swim When You're Scared will not have you swimming laps in a magically short time frame, rather it's function is to prepare you for formal lessons by getting you confident with submerging, floating and kicking.
Learning To Swim When You're Scared starts with some preparation:
- Pinpointing why you're scared
- Coming to terms with previous negative experiences
- Some simple at home "baby steps" to get the ball rolling
- The importance of a support person
It then moves on the nitty gritty - getting in the pool and your head under the water. Full submersion is the key to becoming a swimmer and it is a skill that can take time to learn. This book will guide you each step of the way. Once you can go under the water confidently it then moves onto other basic water skills inclduing:
- Getting your feet off the bottom
- Learning to float on the front and back
- The correct way to kick
While seemingly simple these core skills will set you on the path to becoming a proficient swimmer. Spending time and effort on them right at the beginning will pay huge dividends down the track.
Everybody can learn to swim!
Any lover of swimming and the water will tell you there is nothing quite like it. You don't have to continue being a non-swimmer just because you always have been. It doesn't matter how old you are, if you are overweight or if you have tried and failed before. If you are willing to put in the work you can do it.
Don't sit on the sidelines any longer! Come on in the water is great.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I received a free copy of this book from Story Cartel in exchange for this review. I took swimming lessons when I was in grade school. It wasn't always fun. I learned some basics, like how to swim, and how to float, but I knew I would never be the next Mark Spitz (or, for readers who don't remember that long ago, Michael Phelps. I'm glad I do know how to swim, though. It may come in handy some day. That was my thought reading this book. It's a very short book, but it contains a lot of information. It's designed for adults who, unlike me, have never been swimming, or are afraid of the water. There are some basic exercises on how to get used to submerging your head, and how to float. It also goes over some basic reasons for being afraid of the water, and how to start to overcome them. The author does recommend professional help if the basics don't work. The book doesn't have a lot of story information, but it wasn't designed for that. It takes a very no-nonsense approach to swimming, and reinforces the fact that anyone can do it. She also says many times during the book, don't worry about how you look, or how other people perceive you. If they have a problem, it's their problem not yours. I like that. She also has a section on what to look for in a swim instructor. All in all, a good book. So, to quote Dory from Finding Nemo, "Just keep swimming."