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  1. Would love to swim, but have irrational fear because of bad experience at school, no fear of being in water, but cant get two feet off bottom! I am 73 years young!

  2. Ian a non swimmer with a desperate desire to learn to swim but am terrified of drowning , not terrified of water! I am also fat which makes it even worse. I am ashamed of not being able to swim. My one hope is that at 46 I passed my driving test after thinking U never would and I love swimming. Can you help

    • 46 is not very old in non swimming adult terms. I have taught many people much older than that. It is reasonable to be terrified of drowning if you don’t know how to swim. It is nothing to be ashamed of as 1 in 5 adults in the UK can’t swim! I am sure I can help. Sending you a separate message.

  3. I have a 6 year old child – she has been taking lessons every week for 2 years at school and I have taken her to a number of 1 to 1 intensive courses during the holidays/half terms – she will not put her face in the water and does not like any splashing around her. Do you know of someone who specialises in helping children like her. All the other children in her class at school are now swimming and it must be so difficult for her huddled in the corner of the pool (they have 2 teachers for the class of 20, so I am not expecting any real improvement to come from those lessons alone). Many thanks for any suggestions.

    • Hi Joanna It is quite common that children don’t want to put their faces in the water and they can hold out for ages no matter how much persuasion or reassurance you offer. She will do it eventually if you keep on taking her swimming. Try getting her to hold her nose and let her hold it for as long as she needs to. Also get her some good and comfortable goggles, and or a nose clip. Practise in the bath with goggles and or nose clip. Don’t try to force to do it never works. Be really, really patient. I could help if you are near me, but you can almost certainly manage it by yourself. Keep taking her, don’t worry about getting the strokes right. Let her play in the water. She will definitely get over it if you are patient but too much force could put her off for life.

  4. After 26 years of thinking I would never learn how to swim I just can’t believe I actually swam today it’s an amazing experience and one I would not have been privilege to feel if it wasn’t for this amazing teacher thank you so much; you truly have shown me a complete transformation of Learning how to swim without having to fear or feel out of control. I was reading a few of these comments last month feeling the exact same way and never did I think I would be in this position now to have been able to float and swim many many many thanks

  5. I really want to swim but can’t seem to let go of my fear in the water. I have tried lessons but still get rid of this dread feeling in the pit of my stomach of being out of control in the water. I want to be able to swim with my fiancĂ© and enjoy holidays. Can you help?

  6. Hi there,

    I am desparate to learn to swim.
    I am 46years old and nearly drown when I was 7years old – someone pushed me in as a joke!
    After that incident I was excluded from school lessons because I would either hyper-ventilate or throw up in the pool.
    I habe since managed to get into a pool without having a panic attack with my two children. But I want to be able to swim with them. Can you help?
    Where are you based/ where do you teach?

    Ms K

  7. Hi
    I am a 43 years old mum and I would really like to learn to swim. I am afraid of getting the water in my ear or on am face. I have wanted to try for some many years but the fair have been so overwhelming. On a recent holiday my 8 years old son pulled me down in the water. I felt so frightened that I scare him so much. I hated myself I have pull up the courage and decided to search out swimming lessons
    Please can you help.

  8. Hi
    I am a 43 years old mum and I would really like to learn to swim. I am afraid of getting the water in my ear or on am face. I have wanted to try for some many years but the fear have been so overwhelming. On a recent holiday my 8 years old son pulled me down in the water. I felt so frightened that I scare him so much. I hated myself I have pull up the courage and decided to search out swimming lessons
    Please can you help.

  9. I’ve never learnt to swim due to real fear of drowning caused but childhood experience of being pushed out into the sea and suddenly not being able to feel the bottom. Would love to overcome the fear.

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