Posts Tagged ‘swimming’

FOCUS – Adult Aquaphobia Classes

[googlevideo]http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-8978625612758049371[/googlevideo] What: Safely conquer your water fears with Paul Lennon
Where: Glendale
When: Call or e-mail for information. Here’s Paul’s site: BeAFish.com

A million years ago I was a waitress and Paul Lennon was one of my regular customers. Every Sunday, he and a large group of equally friendly people would grab a table in my section. I slowly got to know them over iced tea refills, discovering that Paul was a swim instructor and they were all his students. They seemed strangely close for a swim class, and I soon found out why. Paul Lennon specializes in helping adults who are terrified of the water (adult aquaphobia), and watching his students interact with him I realized he was clearly very good at his job. These people had been set free from something, and when they talked about their classes, they were beaming.

“Aquaphobia can usually be traced to a single incident in a person’s life in which he or she panicked in the water. Tales of personal horror range from being tossed into the deep end of a pool as a child to surviving the sinking of a seagoing vessel as an adult. Moreover, adults who can’t swim typically have at least one parent with aquaphobia, and they may have even taken traditional swimming lessons as a child but for whatever reason were never comfortable in water. Now, many of them are embarrassed. (more…)