ADULT SWIMMING LESSONS TODAY
Miracle Swimming is a "new" system of teaching that guarantees that adults who are afraid in water will learn to swim. The system is easy and fun for all. Every single last adult learns to swim as long as he/she engages the system.
The system is not about swimming; it is about learning. It is a new paradigm of how learning works. It is universal and it is as reliable as "2 + 2 = 4." We discovered it in 1983 and released it in our DVD in 2000 and in our book in 2006. We hope that every single
instructor in the world will learn it and use it. To date, 50 instructors have been trained worldwide.
The system's implications are vast. It is applicable to all teaching and learning. The press has reported the results of the system
numerous times, but it has never considered its significance.
Miracle Swimming Institute discovered The 5 Circles Teaching System (Miracle Swimming) in 1983, Berkeley, California.
Miracle Swimming Institute transferred operations to a new non-profit (501c3) organization, 21st Century Swimming Lessons, Inc. in 2010. Today, 21st Century Swimming Lessons delivers Miracle Swimmingó true 21st century swimming lessonsó in Sarasota, Florida. Its satellite schools offer them in over a dozen US cities, England, and the Philippines.
Since 1912, adults and children have taken swimming lessons
developed by Wilbert Longfellow whose program was adopted by the American Red
Cross and later, the Y. Many other countries have borrowed this system. Those lessons, when Longfellow was alive, apparently taught
both swimming...the ability to be reliable for ones safety in deep water... and
strokes, to adults and children. He knew that in order to learn to
swim, fear must be overcome first. Today, however, adults are not taught to
swim in traditional lessons: they are only taught strokes. We call such lessons
20th Century swimming lessons.
Why are adults not taught to swim? Because there is a worldwide belief that teaching strokes is the same thing as teaching swimming.
At Miracle Swimming, we know that to be untrue. Learning to swim and learning
strokes are separate processes, at least for adults. We teach adults to swim. Once they
are confident and safe in deep water, we teach strokes. We also teach
snorkeling and SCUBA diving.
A house cannot be built on a
foundation with only one corner. Strokes provide locomotion, which is a portion of one corner of the foundation for swimming (the propulsion corner). Strokes do
not provide safety, comfort or control. Those are the three essential components of knowing how to swim and how to be competent in deep water.
Why do people believe that learning strokes equals learning to
swim? Because it appears to work that way for kids. Learning strokes does not equal learning to swim: but as kids learn strokes, they
intuitively pick up the skills of swimming on their own (coming up for air,
propelling themselves); in addition, many kids who enter swimming lessons already know how to swim: they just take lessons to learn strokes. Therefore, it looks as though the lessons taught them to swim even if the actual skills of being able to rely on themselves for their safety in deep water were not taught.
This works fine for kids. It does not work for adults.
Adults have accumulated a degree of fear and are more
cerebral. They learn differently and must be taught differently than kids.
Miracle Swimming is fun. It is designed for adults who are fearful in deep water.
One pool we use: a hotel in Orlando, FL
"This is a new paradigm."
Penny Pantano, Owner, Swim-in-Zone
HOW TO BECOME SAFE IN DEEP WATER
Our Beginning class is 24 hours long. In our vacation format, 5
days in Sarasota Florida or Palm Springs California, you learn so much that you
need a break after 5 days. Miracle Swimming graduate Kathy spells out the difference between Miracle
Swimming and the traditional here.
Our Next Step class follows the Beginning class and is also 24
hours long. The combination of these two classes brings virtually all students
to freedom in deep water. Students go at their own pace. They are not held back
nor are they pushed. There is no schedule, competition, or comparison. It takes
most people 35-48 hours to become free and confident in deep water. If you wish
to take the Next Step class more than once, you may.
In San Francisco, our class format is 4 weekends in a row: one
class Saturday and one class Sunday. In New York City, the format is 2 weekends:
4 classes each weekend. Our satellite schools offer other formats.
WHY DOES IT WORK?
In 1983, we began teaching 21st Century lessons. Our system, a
true paradigm shift in teaching, works for everyone. Without
the knowledge in our system, learning the nuts and bolts of preventing panic doesn't happen. Panic
is likely to be the main reason people don't learn to swim. But learning is very
simple if you're taught what you really need to know.
Learn to swim the same way you learned to walk. It can't
possibly fail because our system is based upon
1) being comfortable all the
time, 2) going at your own pace and 3) The 5 Circles Teaching System which
literally guarantees learning.
All your questions are answered and no steps are skipped. The
system is gentle, fun, and simple. Heal fear instead of managing it. Miracle
Swimming is the only internationally-taught swim instruction system we know that
teaches comfort and control.
Everyone should know how to swim.
Forty-six percent of American adults are afraid in water over
their heads in pools. That's 109 million people! Sixty-four percent are afraid
in deep, open water. Thirty-nine percent are afraid to put their heads under
water (Gallup Poll 1998). Seventy percent of drownings in America today
are by adults (and inching up yearly).
When you overcome your fear of water, swimming comfortably and
feeling safe in deep water is the spontaneous, predictable, inevitable, result.
This is why we guarantee that you'll learn.
Together we can all end drowning... we believe it can be done by
2100 if the nation's and the world's swim instructors and adult non-swimmers
climb on board.
Miracle Swimming is now headquartered in Sarasota, Florida in a
non-profit called 21st Century Swimming Lessons, which developed from Miracle
Swimming Institute. Miracle Swimming is our teaching. We have 50 trained and licensed instructors to date in the U.S. and around the world.
We hope you'll join us and find out what's possible in the world of swimming and adult beginning lessons.
The printable class schedule with prices can be found here.