People are embarrassed of learning to swim in public and because of that they feel anxious about exposing the fact that they cannot swim.. The preference is a private swimming pool on a 1-1 basis. When people come to me to learn how to swim I always ask them why the chose me out of all the millions of learn to swim websites on google. The answer is always private swimming pool and 1-1 basis.
I have always wanted to swim. I used to look at the swimming on TV and I was in the water with them. I couldn’t understand why I couldn’t swim. I took swimming lessons when I was much older, after making a definite decision to do it!
I did not have a 1-1 swimming lessons in a private pool but was part of a group. This was not a satisfying way to learn because no one was at the same stage.
I was given a float and told to kick my legs that were deep in the water. Boy! that was hard to do! I was done in by the time we finished.
I was asked to push off in the shallow end and lasted 2 seconds in the water and panicked! I felt awful, but this was my time to learn and I was not going to be put off.
Because I was not working at the time, I was able to get to the pool every day in-between my swimming lessons. I must have looked an idiot, all by myself trying to get into the water and stopping every few feet. I would never go out of my depth and always clung to the side, but little by little I made progress. My progress was not the right sort, and I was to discover this later. I had swimming lessons for about 6 months and was able to get my head in the water for breast stroke. Do you think I could move? No way! Try as I might, all I did was move inch by inch and spent time looking at people chatting away to each other swimming length after length zooming up the pool. I just couldn’t understand it! What was I doing wrong?
Later I was able to venture into the deep end. I was so scared my heart was thumping away.
Imagine that you had your foot stuck in a railway track and you were struggling to get it out and then suddenly you see a train coming towards you- that was the feeling of sheer panic I experienced in the deep end. I can’t explain what I thought was going to happen there, all I knew was that the deep end meant I was going to drown.
Well, here I am now, not embarrassed while people are in the pool because I am in there with them and am a very proficient swimmer, also teaching people how to swim.
It didn’t take long to perfect my swimming techniques. In fact after learning how to swim the correct way, 3 months later I swam a mile doing the front crawl and not even out of breath.
Understanding how people feel being embarrassed of learning to swim in public was conducive to my buying and installing my own private swimming pool so I could give a person comfort when they set about learning to swim on a 1-1 basis.
If you would like to know how I did this, feel free to email Irene
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