Lorna Jamieson swimming instructor, Laidlaw Memorial Trust Pool, Jedburgh, Scotland First thing you build up a person's confidence; getting their faces wet and other things they can also do at home. You need a good rapport with them. If you make it fun, children in particular learn quicker. We start off blowing bubbles and then progress to submerging under the water. With adults you need to be sympathetic to their needs and fears. You need to allow them to do things in their own time.
He spent 12 years as the professor of aquatics at the University of South Carolina. Jim Reiser, M. Updated May 24, When teaching adults to swim, two issues are key. First, adults may be embarrassed that they have not yet learned to swim and they may lack confidence in their abilities. Second, adults tend to be very analytical and concerned about the details, which can hinder mastering the basics. This is quite different than teaching children's swim lessons — kids just want to swim, play, and have fun; they don't worry about the little things. To teach an adult to swim, you must convince them that the details are unimportant.
Ideally, a person should be instructed by a certified swim teacher, preferably a lifeguard or monitored by a lifeguard. But swimming can certainly be taught by ordinary people. The person teaching should be a strong, confident swimmer, have the skills to teach the various skills, and the patience needed in any teaching situation.
It's quite possible that the reason your student hasn't learned to swim until now is because of a fear of the water or drowning. If this is the case, it's important that your student shares this information with you so that you know how to adjust your teaching styles. If a person has a fear of water, they are often told that there is nothing to be afraid of.