The International Swimming Hall of Fame and the
Transpersonal Swimming Institute have teamed up to create a
new generation of swim instructors who understand how to
teach people with a fear of water.
The Sarasota, Fla.-based TSI currently uses a technique
to teach adults who are apprehensive of water, and plans to
extend this teaching to children as well. The new program
will target YMCAs and parks and recreation departments.
?To learn to swim, [people] have to be in
control in the water,? said M. Ellen Dash, founder
and director of TSI. Using this method, Dash has taught
many instructors how to work with adults. Those
instructors, in turn, have applied the method to their
children?s lessons as well.
Through the TSI method, ISHOF and TSI are offering a
two-month training program to teach individual swim
instructors how to coach adults and children who fear
water. ?There are three big things,? Dash
said. ?Teaching teachers, teaching adults as we
teach the teachers, and having what the teachers learn
trickle down to their kids? lessons.?
ISHOF?s contribution to the program includes
logistics, recruiting and marketing, said Bruce Wigo, CEO
of the Fort Lauderdale-based ISHOF. In addition, the
program will leverage the ISHOF brand name. And because
ISHOF is a nonprofit organization, instructors can pay for
the program as a tax write-off.
According to a 1998 Gallup poll, 46 percent of American
adults are frightened by deep water, and 64 percent fear