Troubled Waters

I am teaching a 6-year old boy who has become quite anxious of the water. For the past two years he has been having group swimming lessons at the local pool with a traditional ASA swimming teacher. Classes were large, and at times a little intimidating for Adam. Sadly Adam finds no joy in the water. Children who have learned to become fearful, through no fault of their own, quickly lose water confidence. Eventually they start to make excuses about attending swim classes. Before you know it, the child sees the water as the enemy, and not something to enjoy. Lots of children have group swimming lessons, achieve their swimming awards, and move onto the next level. But, there are children just

Ken Snowdon overcomes his fear of the water!

I was genuinely scared about what was about to happen next. The last time I was in this situation I was 10 years old, so obviously it was a long, long time ago. I was on the side of a swimming pool having a word with my mate Michael when person or persons unknown thought it would be funny to push me in. It would have been, except I couldn’t swim. However, as it turned out, I was an expert in nearly drowning. After I plunged in headfirst, and discovered that the water was taller than I was, I panicked. I flapped around underwater and got stuck behind the steps, breathing my last. Just in time I was fished out, pumped dry by someone violently encouraging me to cough and, having being certified

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