Conquer Your Fear of Water
"Your book is indeed necessary. It's a very well written book by someone who’s clearly an expert on the subject not only of swimming but on the psychology of fear as well. I don’t think there is any other book out there that addresses the very real subject of fear of swimming. It has taught me to love water...."
"The book understands me. The book and classes have changed my life. Clear, concise, well written. Pictures help in understanding; good illustration."
"Easy to understand.
Understands our fears."
"It’s a new approach. Something I need. I like the idea of making the reader go through the steps. ...I realize I must go through the steps you have laid out in order to overcome my fear."
"Its biggest strength is its incredible clarity, thoroughness and insight. Important threads are repeated almost like a mantra throughout the book, reinforcing, building. This is not a book just about swimming, but about living."
An Innovative Self-Discovery Course in Swimming
by Melon Dash Author Bio >
Founder, Miracle Swimming Institute
Hundreds of millions of adults wish they could swim. There's only one thing that's kept you from learning: fear. Fear of water, fear of panicking, and fear of drowning keep you tense; and tension prevents you from learning to breathe and learning to swim.
For a century, adults have taken formal beginning swimming lessons. Often, the classes teach skills that are above the students' level. Classes teach strokes, but not all students are ready to learn strokes. They say: "What if I drown? What if I sink? What if I panic?"
If an adult or child is taught properly, it's inevitable that s/he will learn to swim. It means the instructor needs to start at the beginning and skip no steps. If you want to teach yourself, you must start at the beginning and skip no steps.
The book is 336 pages including 200 photographs and diagrams. Learn step-by-tiny step. The book enhances and fleshes out (yet does not require) MSI's video or DVD, 47 minutes, "The Miracle Swimmer: How to Overcome Fear and Discomfort in Water, Shallow and Deep." © M.Dash 2000.
M. Ellen Dash's work has been featured on NBC's Today Show, MSNBC, CNN's Headline News, NPR, in the San Francisco Chronicle, Denver Post, San Jose Mercury News, Tampa Tribune, Cincinnati Business Courier, Albany Times Union, and numerous other newspapers, radio, and television programs. Most recent coverage: Minneapolis Star Tribune, All You magazine, KGO's Joanie Greggains Health and Fitness Radio Show, San Francisco, Open Exchange magazine, Associated Press, and Channel 22 News, Springfield, MA.
"It's a great book and I believe you have hit on something that is much needed. I hope to see more swim schools here in Canada. This model of teaching others how to release fear of swimming can could used on other fears as well. You have a very soft approach and make it easy to relax and let the process involve as it will. I have found new pleasure in the water and look forward to my vacation class with you."
"One strength of the book is that it takes things very slowly; there is no 'just jump in and do it'! (I've taken swimming lessons at least four times, was always told I'd be fine if I just jumped in. I can attest to the fact that it doesn't work for everyone."
"It breaks learning to swim down into the simplest of terms, truly addressing what is fear an identifying when it is beginning. I love that you addressed the behavioral sciences."
—Infant Swimming Resource, Tallahassee
"Truly amazing. Brilliant."
"This makes sense! Why doesn't everyone teach this way?"
I have both the video and the book and I would like to tell you how amazing I have found them to be. I've been deathly afraid of water my entire life and now that I've turned 60, I've decided it's time to overcome that fear. As you have mentioned time and again, everyone wants to "teach you to swim" when you're still afraid.... Your methods are exciting to me and for the first time in my entire life, I have swum from one side (short side) of the pool to the other under water. Although I cannot say that I can "stay in my circle" all the time and the fear still creeps back in, I'm getting there and I cannot thank you enough for the encouraging book and video. Thank you so much for helping me to overcome my fear and letting me know that it's okay to be afraid at times. I cannot wait for the next time I'm in my pool in the back yard as I progress some every time I get in now. My wife thanks you too—she's so very impressed at how far I've come.
My Sincerest Thanks.
— David B.L.
"You really can learn from reading this book. I had my doubts. But this is so complete. It's amazing: the information is so basic, but nobody ever said it this way."
—Suzanne Marthins, Warrensburg, NY
"I didn't know fear was the barrier that kept me from learning to swim, but it was. Everyone should teach this way. " —Gerry Morisseau, Vancouver, B.C.
"Its [teaching me] to stay in my body. I can’t say enough about this. I have studied a lot of meditation and books on staying in the "Now," but nothing has struck me as powerfully as your little stick figures. ... you describe it in such a simple way."
—Teri B., age 72
People like you really motivate me to keep trying, knowing that there is someone out there that cares."
"Reading the book is like attending the classes. "
—Marilyn L., MSI graduate