Handling Water Phobia

Overcome water phobia, whether by learning techniques to improve your water confidence.

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How To Beat Water Phobia

If you suffer from water phobia you probably fall into at least one of the following categories:

  • You’ve had a bad experience in the past
  • You were never taught to swim
  • You avoid swimming for fear of drowning

Water Phobia can make you feel nervous for many reasons, you might be scared of the water in general, or worried about going under. You might have already tried swimming in the past and failed, or maybe you think it’s too late for you to learn.

If you want to overcome water phobia and want to feel more confident, have a quick read of our tips to getting started, put together by our team of experienced swimming teachers.

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Common Misconceptions

  • The first trip to the pool is literally sink or swim, the water will be very deep
  • Everybody will be looking at me because I can’t swim
  • I have to get in and swim straight away
  • Some people just simply aren’t meant to swim

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I absolutely loved my lessons. Alistair was completely understanding and supporting throughout. Highly recommend.

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I absolutely loved my lessons. Alistair was completely understanding and supporting throughout. Highly recommend.

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The Steps to Overcome The Fear of Water Phobia

Water Confidence

Swimming can be daunting, especially if you have had a bad experience in the past. We specialise in lessons for complete beginners and nervous swimmers. The aim is to build water confidence first through floating and relaxation, before moving onto skills like, breathing, treading water and eventually confident swimming.

Water Phobia? No Problem!

Water phobia is common, it usually comes from:

  • Never having had lessons at school
  • A bad past experience
  • General fear of the water

Water phobia can have a real impact on holidays and spoil trips to the beach and pool if not confronted in the right way.

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Our Approach

The first lessons are spent building water confidence, each person develops at different speeds, so we adjust the exercises accordingly and aim to progress step by step. There's no rush as we learn at your pace.

Holiday Swimmer

Many people simply want to float around in the pool on holiday and relax. That’s fine, not everyone needs to swim like Michael Phelps. With just a few swimming lessons we can give you the basic skills you need to become safe and happy in the water.

Swimming In The Sea

Once you can do the basics you might want to be more adventurous… we can prepare you for activities like snorkelling, scuba diving and jumping off boats into deep water.

Water phobia can have a real impact on holidays and spoil trips to the beach and pool if not confronted in the right way.

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Learn To Swim

Gliding through the water with a relaxed style is a great feeling. It requires balance, co-ordination and timing. We can show you how to master all three with our adult swimming lessons.

Relaxed Swimming

By the end of the course we aim for complete confidence in the water, with swimming on both your front and back. Once achieved you won’t look back, it’s just like riding a bike.

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Our Mission

Our mission is to reduce the number of people with water phobia and help people of all ages and ability levels improve their swimming technique.

We're passionate about swimming.

We love helping people learn to swim, there's no better feeling than giving such an important life skill.

We're commited and determined.

You may be reading this thinking "it sounds great, but I'll never be able to do that". Well you can, and we're here to support you every step of the way.

We know what works.

We follow a step by step process and use clear instructions to help you learn the correct technique.

Our service is tailored to you

There's no 'one size fits all' model at Swim Now. We understand that everyone is different, so we create an individual plan to suit your needs.

Our Locations

Barnsley

Everlast Fitness Club, The Peel Centre, Harborough Hill Rd, Barnsley, S71 1JE

Belfast

Everlast Fitness Club, 24 Boucher Rd, Belfast BT12 6HR

Birmingham

Livingwell Health Club, Hilton Hotel, The NEC Birmingham, Pendigo Way, Marston Green, Birmingham B40 1PP

Bristol

Everlast Fitness Club,Fox Den Rd, Stoke Gifford, Bristol, BS34 8SP

Cardiff

Livingwell Health Club, Hilton Hotel, Kingsway, Greyfriars Road, Cardiff, Wales, CF103HH

Crewe

Livingwell Health Club, Hilton Hotel, Paradise Way, Coventry CV2 2ST

Daventry

Everlast Fitness Club, The Peel Centre, Harborough Hill Rd, Barnsley, S71 1JE

Durham

Livingwell Health Club, Hilton Hotel, Paradise Way, Coventry CV2 2ST

East Midlands

Livingwell Health Club, Hilton Hotel, Kingsway, Greyfriars Road, Cardiff, Wales, CF103HH

Glasgow

Livingwell Health Club, Hilton Hotel, 1 William St, Glasgow G3 8HT

Harrogate

Rudding Park, Rudding Lane, Folifoot, Harrogate, HG31JH

Halifax

Everlast Fitness Club, 1st Floor, Unit A Charlestown Road, Halifax, HX3 6AB

Leeds

Oulton Hall Hotel, Oulton, Leeds LS26 8HN

Leicester

Livingwell Health Club, Hilton Hotel, 21 Junction Approach, Leicester LE19 1WQ

Lincoln

Everlast Fitness Club, Tritton Rd, Lincoln LN6 7QY

Liverpool

Crowne Plaza, 2 St Nicholas Place, Princess Dock, L3 1QW

Macclesfield

Everlast Fitness Club, Silkworks, Pickford St, Macclesfield SK11 6JD

Manchester

Livingwell Health Club, Hilton Hotel, 303 Deansgate, Manchester M3 4LQ

Newcastle

Livingwell Health Club, Hilton Hotel, Bottle Bank, Gateshead NE8 2AR

Nottingham

Livingwell Health Club, Hilton Hotel, Milton St, Nottingham NG1 3PZ

Rugby

Everlast Fitness Club, Webb Ellis Rd, Rugby CV22 7AU

Sale

Sports Direct Fitness, 20-22 Washway Rd, Sale M33 7QY

Scarborough

Killerby Ln, Cayton, Scarborough YO11 3TW

Sheffield

Mercure Hotel, 119 Norfolk Street, Sheffield, S12JE

Stratford

Warwick Rd, Stratford-upon-Avon CV37 0PY

Sunderland

Timber Beach Rd, Sunderland SR5 3XG

Telford

Telford Hotel & Golf Resort, Great Hay Dr, Sutton Heights, TF7 4DT

Tewkesbury

Livingwell Health Club,Puckrup Ln, Puckrup, Tewkesbury GL20 6EL, United Kingdom

Tunstall

Unit 1 Alexandra Park, Scotia Road, Tunstall, ST66AT

Who Are We?

We have handpicked our friendly team of professional swimmers to ensure you will learn to swim as quickly as possible in a safe environment.

Swim Now was created to help people of all abilities learn to swim and that’s why we guarantee our results. We pride ourselves on teaching excellent technique in fun, challenging lessons.

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