Understanding Aquatic Fears
Updated: Feb 25, 2022
All independent movements in water can provoke fear for children. It's important to understand that children react differently to certain aquatic skills. What is fearful for one child is not always the same skill that another child fears.
Tears are common with children when they are learning to face and work through their fears in aquatic spaces.
What's most important is to take the time to work through those fears by leaning on your instructors guidance.
When the going gets tough don't give up. Swimming is a lifelong life saving skill and is absolutely worth it all. The self confidence and achievement your child will feel when graduating swim lessons is worth every moment on the hard days!
Know that you instructor understands how hard it is for you to watch your child struggle though their fears and embrace new skills. It's completely normal for parents to have those feelings. It's emotional for you as well.
Here, we want to equip our swim parents with tips & tricks to help navigate those harder days at swim lessons:
Remember to be patient with yourself and your child. This is a marathon not a sprint and there are often fears to overcome.