I am a 60 year old adult who is afraid to put my head under the water. I always keep my head up out of the water or I swim on my back. But I love being in the water…I am always on my guard and fearful that I will get pulled under the water. I took swimming lessons as a child and remember diving off the board into the pool and I remember my dad would throw objects into the pool and I would swim down and retrieve them. So I have not always been afraid.But one time my older brother and I were swimming in a lake and he was playing shark attack. He swam up to me when I was not looking and pulled me under. I struggled to get away and in the process, took in water. He finally realized that I was in trouble and got me out of the water. I have been scared of getting my head below the surface of the water ever since.
I was surprised by my reaction at the end (the tears of joy) of our lesson. I suppose it was the final realization that I can move on from my fear. I am looking forward to getting back into a pool to practice swimming – with my head in the water! You are an awesome teacher and I greatly appreciate what a wonderful gift you have given me.
She thought it was great. It was hard to explain to her because I am always doing “stuff” in the water. So she really had no idea what was going on in my head when I had to get into deep water. She did say that she remembered one time when I fell off my stand up paddle board and shot up out of the water like a breaching whale to get back on!
I just wanted to let you know some more update on my “no-longer fear of water”. On Saturday my partner and I went stand up boarding and she said that she could tell that I was not as fearful as before. She said that I was standing more upright and when the wakes came I did not kneel on the board. She also said that she could feel that I was calming and lighter on my board. She said that it was remarkable! Thanks, again for all your guidance.