Over 13.8 million adults in the UK say they are afraid to take part in any form of swimming, and over 33% of the adult population state they know at least one person who has a real fear of the water.
Aquaphobia can have a very real impact on a person’s quality of life, sometimes cripplingly so. They miss out on opportunities, experiences, time with their families, and it can leave a person feeling alone, embarrassed, or frightened.
RLSS UK have joined forces with the UK Academy of Swimming who have developed a specialised training programme which aims to give people confidence and control in the water.
Written and created by the UK Academy of Swimming developed with the RLSS UK, the Adult Aquaphobia Learning Programme is a 12-step progressive programme, delivered by swimming professionals, to help people who are aquaphobic, weak or non-swimmers to overcome their fear of water from both a psychological and physical perspective, and in so doing break down barriers to participation.
The Adult Aquaphobia Learning Programme can be taught by swimming teachers who have completed a two-day professional development programme called Certificate in Teaching Aquaphobic Adults (CTAA).
Click here to read Davinah's story of how AALP changed her life.
If you want to teach the Adult Aquaphobia Learning Programme or want to train your staff to deliver the course, click here to find out more.
If you have a fear of the water and want to participate in the Adult Aquaphobia Learning Programme, click here to find out more.
Aquaphobia is an abnormal and persistent fear of water that is beyond a person’s control and often interferes with daily life, confidence & self-esteem.
The Adult Aquaphobia Learning Programme (AALP) is a 12-stage step approach to support those with a fear of water, providing them with the confidence, skills and techniques to enjoy the unique freedom that being in water can give.
This Certificate in Teaching Aquaphobic Adults (CTAA) course aims to teach swimming professionals how to understand, identify and – by using the Adult Aquaphobic Learning Programme (AALP) – treat Aquaphobics, weak and non-swimmers from both a psychological and physical perspective.
Adult Aquaphobia Learning Programme and Certificate in Teaching Aquaphobic Adults were created by the UK Academy of Swimming and made ready for the wider leisure market and distributed by the RLSS UK.
Here you will find all the resources you need to market the Aquaphobia course.
Mother of four Davinah Jade had a traumatic experience at a swimming pool when she was just seven years old which caused a crippling fear of water.