Understanding our clients fears through personal struggles – Kathleen Wilson

Swim Calm students, both prospective and enrolled students pose some very interesting questions. Among the most common is “Do you really understand what I’m going through? How can you understand what I feel and that every tiny new act is a win for me?”

After years of teaching SwimCalm, I have a good understanding of my students’ needs. They require detail, they require patience and time. It was not until being put back at 0% myself and having to build on it, very carefully and by micro steps, that I had my “Ah-ha” moment.

My world changed on January 17 when I had rotator cuff surgery for a large and serious injury to my left shoulder. It was certainly caused in large part by many years in the water but had gone undetected for a long period of time as it worsened. Just like an adult, fearful of the water and knowing deep down that it was very wise and beneficial to learn how to swim, my shoulder was not behaving normally. In my heart of hearts, I knew that I had to seek a higher level of treatment and diagnose the problem once and for all.

That treatment involved a major surgery to repair three badly torn tendons.

The absolute dread of making arrangements for surgery and not knowing what would happen to me correlates closely to what a student goes through in signing up, paying for a class and showing up. It is terrifying. We want to be there but it’s the last place we want to be because of the unknown.

I have to laugh and notate the obvious difference; my students walk out of the first class generally ecstatic and knowing that things will be OK. By no means did I leave an ambulatory surgical unit with that same optimism. I was very quiet, but resigned, down and not knowing what the future would hold.

In these weeks following surgery, I can make many comparisons and a few differences. I’m very grateful that my students do not have to endure any physical pain although I can appreciate that sinus burn when someone tries to be a fish and inadvertently takes a little water in. We try very hard not to do that!

It has been pure pleasure for many years to watch a student reach the most basic of milestones. These tiny triumphs at each class give a student the motivation to keep going which leads to bigger skills and higher levels of success. It all grows on itself.

My circumstances have been strikingly similar. I would have never believed that I could not make a fist for the first 36 hours following surgery. Who would have believed that the slightest movement of my arm for the first three or four days would be excruciating and showers were almost out of the question because it involved moving my arm one inch? All of this coming from an English Channel swimmer?

Each small daily triumph meant the world to me and meant the curve was going upwards. While I feel that I understood before when a student tells me that he or she successfully blew bubbles out of a nose underwater, and is joyous at the accomplished, it resonates in a new and better way. I can relate. These tiny details, be recovery from the surgery or within a class setting indicate progress and no one can dictate our individual piece of progress.

This is the beauty of a SwimCalm course.

The small details, the small triumphs, and the large triumphs are what makes this course so special. Having an instructor with a renewed appreciation of what you, the student, are dealing with is a wonderful bonus.

Come see us. Come take a course. It won’t hurt and like many before you will bring you great joy and skills never dreamed possible.


Aquaphobia. We reverse your fear of the water.

Aquaphobia seems like a scary term and has a connotation of embarrassment, shame, and fear.

Aquaphobia is simply defined as a fear of water.

Your fear of water does not have to define you and keep you from enjoying the experience of the water and swimming.

At Swimcalm we focus on bettering and boosting the confidence of our students to overcome a fear they never thought possible.

In the low country, it is hard to go very far without being surrounded by a body of water.  Being surrounded by an abundance of water, it is important to learn how to swim and get over our fears of water.

The freeing quality of no longer being bound by water gives our students the feeling of conquering the world. We want to motivate clients to be inspired to conquer their fears in all aspects of life with the tools we give them for moving forward.


Some of the tools SwimCalm uses to help students succeed:

  1.    At SwimCalm, we get it.  We will never tell you to relax. We will never insist that you learn one stroke and you’ll be fine.  That’s not how we work. We work with you, at your pace and at your comfort level.  


  1.    We give you the information that no one ever told you about being in the water.  This information becomes invaluable as swimming begins to make sense and becomes very achievable. Suddenly, water is not nearly as scary anymore!


  1.    It is an opportunity to back down from the rigors of life for a few days and focus on your own personal and amazing journey as you conquer the fear of the water and embrace an exciting and new chapter of your own lives as swimmers.


Now is the time for you make a change in your life against aquaphobia! You will be shocked at the amount you will able to achieve! Take a chance on yourself today! We believe in you!
Contact us and sign up at: http://www.swimcalm.com

Do you fear water? Time to change in 2017 with SwimCalm


Have you dreamed of becoming comfortable enough in the water to exercise or swim for fun? How about a water aerobics class or playing games in the pool with children or grandchildren? Would you like spend an afternoon on a boat without dreading the water? Can you rest as calmly in deep water as in shallow water?

For adults with hesitation, to a moderate fear to a complete panicked fear of the water, there is now a system of teaching designed for you. We do not insist that you “Relax, get in up to your waist, put your face in the water and blow bubbles” or “Learn one stroke and you will get over your fear.”

For adults with any degree of fear in the water, this message does not work, in fact it is counter-productive. That is why many traditional swimming programs have failed for so many adults. It is impossible to relax when worried about what will occur through the experience. If learning to swim was a matter of simply relaxing for a fearful adult, it would have been accomplished it much earlier in life. Learning how the water works and moving calmly in the water must take place before stroke mechanics can ever occur. We know that managing fear is not the answer. We work within basic psychological factors attached to fear, however we are not trained therapists.

Kathleen Wilson, primary SwimCalm instructor has considerable aquatic experience and certifications as she chooses to serve a segment of the population that has not been underserved; it has not been served at all.

SwimCalm is dedicated to the high percentage of adults who experience some fear to a profound fear of the water and teaching them about its properties while learning how to feel safe in the water. We help to eliminate the fear that in some cases has followed our students for a lifetime. SwimCalm classes are vastly different from traditional lessons in that classes are small, students control the pace of the classes, no student is ever pressured into attempting any skill and the entire premise is to have fun while demystifying the water. There are no exams and there is no skill checklist. Because of this, SwimCalm has an extremely high success rate with students who attend the course with a money-back guarantee.

The Beginner course includes 16-17 hours worth of instruction, broken down into eight, 2 or 2.5-hour sessions. We like to add a little extra time on Saturdays and students seem to love it! Some sessions begin with some time to reinforce teaching principles of SwimCalm, answer questions and share information, followed by a 2 hour session in the pool. Students must commit to attendance at all sessions in order to receive the best result from the class and most are thrilled at every session and opportunity to go back and grow more comfortable in the water.

References for this amazing teaching paradigms are available and for further information or questions, please contact Kathleen Wilson at 843-708-0846 or aquaharp@bellsouth.net

Get ready to experience something profound that will change your life, improve your health and give the ability to share in the beauty of the water.