Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) on the Dry Swim Protocol
“Learn to Swim Before You Get In”
1. If you are dry, you can't swim. Isn't this a dumb idea?
A: It may not seem sensible, but if it works, that doesn't bother me. For some, trying hard is a bigger block than being fearful. If you are dry, you can't do it "right" and you have less fear of "doing it wrong." The dry exercises or learning games are about learning at body level. If you go in a pool and your nonconscious functional mind can easily learn what an instructor says to learn, you can probably get by without this class or book, just as most children who play a lot in the water probably don't need this approach.
2. What about fear of the water?
A: Start by moving away from the water to decrease the fear levels. Also, honor the concern, because it reflects reality. If you are not comfortable in the water, you are indeed not safe there, particularly if you suddenly get in deep.
3. I didn't learn to swim when I was a kid. I didn't learn as a grownup. Why should I try now?
A: Swimming is fun and good exercise and a common individual and group activity. Millions of lovely people don't swim and that is fine. There are also millions who do. You may be ready to explore the possibility. If you boat, being a swimmer will help your safety, unless you decide to give up wearing a life vest.
4. Do you guarantee results?
A: Not the way people usually mean. Over a weekend, on a deadline, whatever--- No. You have your own history and your own life. It needs to feel "safe enough" to learn and that is your feeling, not a deadline I can put on from outside. One non-typical success story I like was a woman who took my class, but mostly let it go during the year and just played in the ocean during vacation each summer. During the fourth summer she noticed that she was swimming with no concern about where the bottom was. I feel she honored her own individual rhythm. Note that the wet part of the dry swim protocol is intended for the shallow end of a pool, so she was not even following what I recommend.
5. Can I really learn this from a book?
A: Many can, some have more difficulty. The book can help you notice your blocks when you take a local class. The real learning is in your body, not facts in your head. If you're willing to move and notice feelings in addition to getting facts, your chances of learning from the book are much better. Often, it is useful to have a friend or two with the same interest and get together to help each other get out of the head, into the body. On the Total Immersion web page is a good video of working/learning with a buddy.
6. Don’t you think your book is too long?
A: Maybe. It depends on where you go on from. Parts of it are probably for someone else.
7. Many book illustrations are drawings of you. Were you in your ego?
A: a) I wouldn’t ask you to do something I would not do. b) The model needed to be relaxed while doing odd things, like stretching out in brief clothing with water all over – or swimming. c) I could afford this model. d) On page 211 is a story about learning from monkeys. Probably, one could learn from some monkeys. Could you learn from someone who seemed to be in his ego?