What type of beginning swimmer are YOU?!?

We know that you know exactly the amount of fear that you might have, or that you might be pretending not to have. And we're going to answer why it's so important to be in touch with understanding what type of beginning swimmer we are.




What type of beginning swimmer are you?


Chances are that it's highly likely that you have some element of fear, anxiety when it comes to water, even if you don't want to admit it to yourself. 


As coach Jim mentioned, fear lives on a spectrum.

On one side of that spectrum, we have a low amount of fear, and on the other side of that spectrum a high amount of fear.


Low amount of fear:


You can get into the shallow end, but you really just want to stay in the shallow end.


Because the idea of trying to go into the deep end or go to where the water starts getting deeper really starts to make the body tense up. We get shallower breathing, maybe racing thoughts. 


Middle amount of fear:

Now, as we move towards the middle of the spectrum. We can say, huh? You know,


"I can put my feet in the water. I can dip them in.
I don't mind being alone around a pool, but going in the water, just probably isn't for me, I'd rather just get a tan on the side of the pool."


High amount of fear:


Just the thought of going to a pool brings you anxiety.

And you're like, "no way, Jose. I am not doing that."


If you had a traumatic experience as a child, you were thrown in, you had a near drowning, you witnessed a drowning.


This happens to adults that we talked to all the time in this whole adult learn to swim curriculum.

And if that's you. Where the thought of going to a pool creates anxiety. You're on the higher end of the fear spectrum


What worries us are those swimmers that aren't in touch with their fear.


Swimming is like golf, where the more relaxed you are, the better you do. Swimming is not like baseball, basketball, or football where the more effort you exert the better you will be. 


New swimmers who are not aware of where they land on the fear spectrum tend to skip steps. 


And when new swimmers skip steps that is where learning to swim can be very dangerous. 


As said in the SWIMABLE Adult VIDEO COURSE

"boosting your SwimAble IQ starts with identifying which category you fall into knowing you don't feel any fear means you need to stay much more vigilant to move slow and take your time through the curriculum. Most of the time, people think of fear as a weakness, but being able to tune into your fear puts you at a major advantage of, of the program.