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Conquer Your Fear of Water: An Innovative Self-Discovery Course in Swimming  Add to Cart (book, DVD, or video)

Knowing how to swim means knowing how to rely on yourself for your safety rather than on the bottom or the side of the pool. It means feeling safe and being safe in shallow and deep water. To learn to swim, you need to build trust in yourself in the water. You need to know you won't inhale water, that the water holds you up, and that you can remain in control with ease. Do you believe you'd, "lose it" in deep water?  Have you been told you should float horizontally? To blow bubbles before you were comfortable putting your face in water? Learn how your body and the water work together. The key to confidence in deep water is understanding how the water works; not strokes. Strokes should only be learned after you're confident. That may be the first learning.

BookInnovation? This is it! Our 4000 students and 43 instructors worldwide ask, "Why isn't this the way all swimming is taught?"Âť Unlike other swimming books, Dash breaks down confidence-building, which is conquering fear, into its smallest steps. They make sense. Finally, success is yours. Take the easy, fun way. With the basics of learning to be in control, and myth-busting games to teach you what your swimmer-friends and neighbors know about the water, you'll learn to swim the natural way. Get the answers to all your learn-to-swim questions in our book for less than the cost of your next swimming lesson. Bundle the book with the DVD for savings.


"Just want you to know how much your book gave me confidence to get back in the water again. Slowly, step by step, I spent last summer learning how to enjoy the water. Your reassuring words gave me the patience I needed and the acceptance that whatever stage I was at was ok, as long as I was having fun. And it was fun. By the end of the summer I was doing things I never thought I'd be able to do. And now, though the warm weather's over, I'll probably get myself to the pool a few times just to make sure I'm not dreaming--that I actually could go into the deep end of the pool and, most importantly, choose to do it because I enjoyed it! Thanks so much."
-Phyllis Tashlik, NYC

"Truly amazing. Brilliant." 
-Many readers

May 9, 2013
Good morning Melon!
 ...You are the lady with the answers!
I bought your book a year ago and “read” only the parts that I thought pertained to me.  This year, 2013, on my birthday, 4/22, I began swim lessons again at the age of 43.
I did it “my way” the 1st week and by Friday, I was in tears!  The instructor was satisfied because he accomplished what I told him my goal was – To learn Freestyle.  I did the Freestyle stroke in the deep and yes, I was “proud” of myself, but I couldn’t understand why my fear of the water was still there.  I definitely was “out of my body”.
The last 2 weeks I have been doing it “your way” and yes, it is a miracle!  I took your book out again and started on page 1 and read every single word.  I didn’t skip a step, even the steps that I thought didn’t pertain to me.  And it is working!  And I am amazed that even though I have slowed down to a sloth pace I have made SO much progress!!!
I had NO idea how deep my fear of the water was!  To give you an idea, I realized that I had anxiety even putting my head in the shower and didn’t even realize it!!
If I follow your instructions, I now KNOW that I will always be in control in the water.  I am getting there and thank you for making this possible for me!
I have also been listening to you on the Learn to Swim Radio Show and this has also been so informative and helpful as well....

Thank you for all of your help! —Margie, Houston

From Margie May 30, 2013
I have so much to say, but really quickly, I am now jumping into 12 feet of water, treading water, and doing freestyle strokes in the deep!  You have helped me so much!!  A million hugs to you!!  You have written such a detailed step-by-step instruction manual for swimming that I believe every swim instructor should have it.
I have just ordered my swim instructor your book through Amazon.  He indicated to me that he used one of the techniques that I used to get myself comfortable in the water with another student and she made progress with her swimming.
Once again, thank you!


Conquer Fear DVD

The Miracle Swimmer/ Learn to Be in Control in Water, Shallow and Deep: Prevent Panic Add to Cart  VHS video Add to Cart

You can't learn to swim while you're afraid in water: you have to overcome fear first. The video/DVD shows adult beginners overcoming their concerns about being in the water: the same concerns you have (nose, ears, breath, sinking, deep water, drowning, feeling out of control, etc.). It shows the questions they had, the steps they took, and how to overcome fear in a gentle, fun, guaranteed-to-be-successful way. $29.95 The video/DVD can be bundled with the book for savings: $29.95 + $22, plus save on shipping/handling. Available in VHS (only $10 plus s/h for the holidays!), DVD, and PAL formats. The dvd and video have different covers but they're the same movie.


What I achieved is just short of miraculous.

If I could give advice to someone who really has a deep desire to learn to swim, I would tell them to first watch your it several times. Then, get in the water and attempt to do the simplest of things the video teaches, such as putting your face in the water. It may seem too elementary to the average non-swimmer to be of any value, but it's not. It's extremely important as your video demonstrates. Actually, the one woman in the video who was deathly afraid of deep water was quite an inspiration to me. After four swim lessons at the Y I knew that I would never learn how to swim if I used their methods. They were not addressing my fear of water. In my frustration, I got on the Internet and discovered the Miracle Swimming Institute's web page. Hooray! There it was, an answer to my prayers.

After watching your video, I found that I actually liked the feeling of the water holding me up. It felt relaxing. Your video demonstrates that people float at different levels. My instructor at the Y had taught us that floating perfectly horizontally was the only correct way. Floating at my natural level enabled me to relax in the water for the first time. Plus, it's reassuring knowing that my body's fat content is somewhat average!

What I achieved after watching the video twice is just short of miraculous. In two weeks I went from being a non-swimmer to a floater to an actual swimmer. The video gave me information on how to conquer my fear of water but also provided me with the confidence to try.

I think most non-swimmers believe that nearly everyone else in the world knows how to swim except for them. I certainly did. Knowing how to swim contributes to a sense of normalcy, self-assurance and self-reliance. For anyone that loves being in water (and I always have), knowing how to swim adds a dimension to life that seems unattainable for non-swimmers.

Thank you again. 
Sharry, Ohio

More on our swimming book

The book is 336 pages of step-by-tiny-step learning, including 200 photographs and diagrams. The book enhances and fleshes out (yet does not require) our DVD/video, "The Miracle Swimmer/ Learn to Be in Control in Water, Shallow and Deep: Prevent Panic." © M.Dash 2000. 47 minutes.


Listen to The Learn to Swim Show with Melon Dash, 13 episodes which aired on World Talk Radio at our home page.

M. Ellen Dash's classes have been featured on NBC's Today Show, MSNBC, CNN's Headline News, NPR, New York Times Play magazine, in the San Francisco Chronicle, Denver Post, San Jose Mercury News, Sarasota, FLHerald Tribune, SNN6 News (Sarasota), Pelican Press, Real Simple, Elle, Aquatics International magazine,Recreation Management magazine, Athletic Business magazine (cover story), Parks & Recreation magazine, Tampa Tribune, Cincinnati Business Courier, Albany Times Union, Minneapolis Star Tribune, All Youmagazine, KGO's Joanie Greggains Health and Fitness Radio Show, San Francisco, Pelican Press, Open Exchange magazine, Associated Press, and Channel 22 News, Springfield, MA, and numerous other newspapers, radio, and television programs.