Aquaphobia is a very common fear that is experienced by many. Whether it is because of the fear of the unknown, the fear of drowning or a bad past experience, the water phobia can be overcome. Instabeat gives you the first few tips to conquer the water.

1- Put things into perspective: Don’t feel bad about it, each person has a certain level of anxiety in the water, even current successful swimmers. You just need to be able to control it. And we’re going to help you with that!

2- Don’t rush it: If you do, you will end up resenting the water even more. Take your time, and get comfortable with the water before you try to learn any swimming exercise.

3-Do floating drills to feel safe in the water: In order to change your perception of water, you can try some safety exercises that will “prove” to you that being in the water is not as threatening as you think it to be. These drill help you see how well you float and are good to do for beginners before starting to learn how to swim:
~Challenge yourself to try and sink- in shallow water of course: take a deep breath, hold onto something fixed (like the pool ladder for example), get all your body in the water and see what happens. You will notice that it is difficult to get yourself completely underwater, even with the help of something fixed.
~Do the same but without the fixed element- it’s called the mushroom drill- take a deep breath, hold your knees and go fully in the water. Your body will naturally stay on the surface and you will float.

4- Do the drills with the support of a friend: It always helps. Also, wear swimming goggles so you don’t have water going into your eyes and shifting your focus.

5- Practice your breathing: Sometimes, the tension comes from inside the body, you should therefore relax and work on your breathing, this will also come in handy later when you will start perfecting your swimming techniques. A breathing exercise could be: Take a deep breath in from your mouth, and then exhale in the water for around 5 second, then repeat that several times, until you feel more comfortable with your underwater breathing.

6- Practice, practice, practice: the more you get into the water, the more comfortable you are with it!

More: Everything you need to know as a new swimmer

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