Shallow and Deep End Water Phobia

Shallow and deep end water phobia, 2 adults on holiday at the time of a Tsunami that happened on Boxing Day in Indonesia, how they survived

Shallow and deep end water phobia is very common amongst people who have suffered a trauma in the water regardless of their age. I have listened to hundreds of  experiences from being told to jump in the deep end as a child to 2 adults on holiday staying in an off shore house at the time when we first heard of a Tsunami that happened on Boxing Day in Indonesia.

Water Phobia of the shallow and Deep End


Whilst I was talking to the lady in my pool and explaining about water phobia of the shallow and deep end also how the water works with the human body, she shared her experience of being in on of those off shore houses on stilts whilst on holiday in Indonesia.

What woke her one morning was this huge sound which she could not understand. After jumping out of bed to look out of the window, she saw in the distance this HUGE wave bearing down towards where they were.

She screamed and woke her husband, he looked and saw the wave approaching and shouted to her to grab the post that was buried deep in the waters’ bed which went up through the middle of their little house (so to speak) to stabilise the building.

What a good job it was there because it was very solid. There they were flying in the water, holding on to the solid post as HUGE wave smashed through their  holiday chalet, smashing the windows, glass flying everywhere and embedding into their flesh. Everything around them just gone and they were left (after the wave carried forward to the shore line) with nothing but the post they were holding on to.

They were rescued later but the experience obviously left them hugely shaken and absolutely amazed they were still alive. She had water phobia of the shallow and deep end  and this experience did not help her in any way to get rid of her fear. Hence the need to do something about it.

Now I need to ask this question: would that lady feel very comfortable learning how to swim in the deep end of a 25 metre pool? I think you would know the answer to that: NO she would not.

This is the reason why I teach people to learn how to understand the water in the shallow end first whilst in controlled conditions then I can help them get into the bigger pool and hey presto! The water works exactly the same way!

Water is water whether it is 2 metres deep (just over 6 foot) or 1 metre deep (just over 3 foot)

About Irene Bouette

I have my own private swimming pool, teach on a 1-1 basis and also provide residential accommodation for anyone that needs the peace and quiet after their time in the water. I used to be phobic of the water, now I help others to conquer their fear by using step by step logical reasoning to help people to understand the water. I have taught over a 1,000 people by my methods that I have adapted to meet peoples needs. One cap does not fit all people!
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