A person's age or previous lack of experience or success in water should never be a reason for any adult to think that it's too late for them to overcome their fear of water and become a swimmer. Since our life expectancy continues to expand, adults are looking for ways to improve their overall health with the least amount of physical stress on their bodies. The water provides this opportunity and a multitude of aquatic activities to help accomplish those goals.This may help to explain why more and more adults, between the ages of fifty and ninety, are enrolling in the SOAP Program and realizing a life long dream of enjoying the water for fitness and recreation.
"Thinking is contagious. If you are able to accomplish today what you believed was impossible yesterday, just imagine what you will be able to think is possible tomorrow." Jeff Krieger, M.S.
"I am writing to you a changed person who hardly even recognizes herself! Just a few short months ago, I was afraid of the water and could not swim. I would go in to a pool as long as my feet could touch the ground or I was on a floating lounger. The ocean, well, basically would only go in up to my knees. This was especially sad, considering I grew up just 3 homes distance away from the beach in Queens, NY!! At 46 years old, faced with the fact that my 4 year old daughter is an avid swimmer, and the fact that we just moved to a home with a pool, I realized it was just irresponsible of me to indulge my fear any longer. I had been looking for an adult swim class, and even went so far as to speak to an instructor at a local pool, but got the distinct feeling that his teaching style would just inspire more fear and did not enroll.
Perhaps, more importantly, adults, specifically parents, grandparents, caregivers and generally concerned citizens remain at risk for serious injury or drowning and in most cases are unable to assist someone who is drowning, because of their fear of water and lack of "Aquatic IQ".
side of the pool after completing his SOAP Program was perhaps even more powerful and profound.
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However, there has been nothing that helps define the hope that the SOAP Program offers as the story of my oldest client to date, who at age ninety-one, had never been in water over her head. As a result of the skills, support and encouragement she received during her SOAP Sessions, she was finally able to swim the entire length of a twenty-five meter long pool, finishing the swim in ten feet of water with a huge ear to ear smile on not only her face, but that of her ninety year-three year old husband who watched nervously from the side of the pool and could not believe what he had just witnessed.
Furthermore there has been no better example of the importance of a program such as SOAP, than the story of a young mother of two young children who had never learned to swim because of her fear of water. Her
bigger fear now was to not be able to protect her children in and around water and not enjoy special family moments in the water because of her aqua phobia. Watching her overcome her fear and develop the confidence to help the other members of her SOAP group convinced me that she had put her fear of water behind her and was ready to join the aquatic community.
The second and largest group includes those who have absolutely no idea why they fear water. There is no denying that their fear is exaggerated and that they lack the skills to cope with that fear in that moment, however, those feelings and the consequences of those feelings are painfully real. For additional information on how and why, you'll need to particpate in the program!!
remain the emotional support that the client receives both in and out of the water thoughout this process. This special rapport between instructor and client includes a healthy dose of empathy, the use of relaxation, behavioral modification and desensitization techniques, as well as other therapeutic skills . SOAP clients are encouraged to share their experiences, feelings and expectations in discussions held prior to, during and after every session in the water. As the client(s) increases their Aquatic IQ, comfort zone and skill sets, they increase the amount of time that they spend in the water and the depth of the water they work in.
Helping people overcome their aquatics anxieties, fears and phobias for over 30 years.