Whenever I'm approached by parents/caregivers who are searching for resources to help a child overcome varying levels of fear surrounding water, I ask for info about the child’s nautical experience, or shortage of. I also find worth in learning what systems, rewards, even bribes help motivate that actual kid to take part in a program that, at the very least, takes them out of their zone of comfort and at the extreme end, can put them in an environment where they are clearly shocked. This process can frequently be a difficult one for the kid and the adult (s), but as the adult, they recognise the significance of learning the best way to overcome this fear, so that the child can learn how to swim. The adult understands that this effort, in spite of the uncomfortable moments for both kid and adult that will occur, will help their child develop life talents that will do the following goals:
1) Waterproof the kid and decrease the risk of them drowning or being concerned in water related accidents. Learning water safety skills may stop others from nautical accidents and fatalities.
2) Increase the child’s self worth, as well as their willingness and ability to problem unravel and overcome future challenges in their lives that take them out of their comfortable zone.
3) Improve their emotional and physical fitness.
4) Increase the variety of recreational pursuits and events that they can enjoy and benefit from.
5) May help them in the future regarding social relations and instructional and career possibilities.
Keeping these points in mind , during that 1st conversation with folks/caregivers about the child, I regularly find myself astounded by learning just how many of those adults, who are obviously making it a priority to enroll their children in aquatic programs that will permit their child to enjoy and use the wide variety of emotional, emotional and physical benefits that are the result of participating in aquatic activities, yet are unwilling to take those same steps for themselves. What those adults do not understand at times is that they are their child’s most important role model and that their own fear of water or lack of ability to swim can have a very big impact on their child’s achievement in water.
Aquatic Therapist, Jeff Krieger, the Founder and Director of the S.O.A.P. (Strategies Overcoming Aquatic Phobias) Program, has a BA in Psychology and a MS in Counseling. He has been an aquatic professional for over thirty years and is recognized as an innovator and expert in helping fearful swimmers overcome their fear of water.