“Learn to Swim Before You Get In” by Dr. Joe Lee Griffin


If traditional swim classes have worked for you, congratulations. You can skip this.

A headline on the cover of Health Magazine, The Washington Post, said, "SWIMMING INTO SHAPE: Few Know How -- and 1 out of 2 Americans Can't Swim at All."

My surveys are not quite so pessimistic. I find that one quarter of Americans don't swim at all and another quarter are uncomfortable in the water, can't breathe easily, and can't swim across the pool with any pleasure. Even boaters have about the same distribution. If you don't swim well, you have lots of company.

"Traditional swim classes are all wet for many adults. " I once said, cleverly, "If you don't swim, it's much easier to start learning while you're dry and safe, then take basic skills to the water. You relax, have more fun, and can avoid adult blocks."

"Most nonswimming adults aren't ready for regular swim classes. They first need functional skills like the ones children get by water play."

"You need to swim like you walk, so you can do it without thinking. We put together the bits and pieces and do what's easy."

"Would you try to learn a new dance step if the teacher made you rub your stomach and pat your head while learning? For real nonswimmers, being wet is worth at least two dry distractions that interfere with physical learning."

"You may have been told WHAT you need to learn. What you really need to learn is HOW."

"Some think, if I could just learn to swim, I would be comfortable in the water. Actually, first you need to learn comfort in the water, then you can learn while wet."

"If you really get out there and try hard, you can screw yourself up."

Imagine being this comfortable in the water. Just pretend.

If imagining was easy and simple and felt good and did not cause you tension or shallow breathing, then The Dry Swim Protocol may be just a bonus and not a necessity for you.

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