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Traditional swimming lesson programs, such as those offered by the Red Cross, United States Masters Swimming (USMS), and the YMCA, focus on strokes. It is not uncommon for students in these programs to be confronted with strokes-based lesson plans within the first few minutes of the first class. Skills like kicking or moving the arms in a prescribed fashion are examples of stroke-based skills.

Strokes are a form of aquatic choreography. Learning to swim by focusing on strokes first is like learning to dance on a tightrope. It simply doesn't work that way!

The problem with the Strokes Myth is that students and teachers who focus on strokes before addressing foundational aquatics skills often get frustrated and give up. 


So, if you took swimming lessons in the past but they "didn't work," it's not your fault! You may simply have been a victim of the Strokes Myth, which despite decades of associated traumas persists to this day.





I highly recommend this class to anyone who is considering it.  I have had a fear of water since I was a small child and it’s been 40 years of making excuses, making sure I was able to have my head above water, and generally being limited to what I am capable of in the water.  I started a Google search in 2013 and clicked on the Discovery Swim School.  I read the testimonials and immediately thought that this was exactly what I needed.

I can’t say enough good things about the class and the instructors.  It was way more than I could have expected.  After the first weekend I was comfortable doing the front and back float, turning over in the water, and breathing.  The most important aspects for me were the patience with questions, the sharing of experiences, and the fun we were able to have in the water.  The classes give the student time to putter and practice what they need at their our own pace.  No pressure at all.  No sense of “hurry up and get it done”…no shame…only the utmost understanding.  If you are looking at this website and wondering if it’s worth it, then all I can say is a resounding “YES”.  This, to me, was an investment in my future and my life!



I hope more people check this out because this swim school...has changed my life! I'm an adult who just learned to swim last summer, but I only REALLY learned how to swim since taking lessons from Chris. I HIGHLY recommend this school for any adult who feels less than adequate in the water.



Thank you for teaching me how to swim. I couldn't have done it without you. I was afraid to go in the deep end of the pool, and look at me now...I can swim! I will continue to practice everything you taught me because I have a goal in mind. I want to learn to scuba dive. With your help I can now realize that dream!  My only regret is that I waited until I was 58 years old to take my first swimming lesson. Nevertheless, my commitment and determination are unyielding. Your coaching and patience have taught me it is never too late to learn to swim and I thank you! 



Thanks so much for a truly incredible experience.



Thank you from the bottom of my heart for all of your help over the past five days. At times, I didn't think I was going to get unstuck, but with your support and encouragement miracles can happen!



My experience of learning Miracle Swimming with Nila at Discovery Swim School was nothing short of miraculous. I had always harbored a deep love for swimming and water fun but it was overshadowed by my fear of the deep water- I simply could not let go of the feeling of having to be near 'the side', and could not allow myself to have fun and adventure in deep water. After a few short lessons with Nila about proper breathing techniques and other skills I was elated to realize that I was FREE FREE FREE FREE FREE FREE in deep water!!!!!!!!!!!!! I am so so happy about it, and I feel so relaxed ANYWHERE in the pool. I can now surface dive and fetch things from the bottom of the pool and swim up and down and from one side to the other. I can have fun fun fun fun fun fun in water for the rest of my life. I would absolutely recommend this course to anyone who loves water.


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