Posted in Activities & Enrichment, Mental Health


So my mom thinks it’s a good idea to take my son to a swimming class. But I have fear of drowning and I can’t handle it. Do I still take him so he can learn to swim,? Or do I hold him back because of my own fears.? I know this sounds stupid, but I’m just asking for advise.

  • PK
    Feb 18

    Are you able to get into the water too? I would take him. Usually for the first swim lessons they will make parents get in the water with the child. This might help with your fear to be learning alongside with your son. The lessons will happen in shallow water where you should be able to comfortably stand. They will go over water safety too. I had a near drowning experience when I was 4. My mom put me in swim lessons shortly after that and I then grew to swim competitively in school. Best way to combat drowning is to become a strong swimmer is what my mom told me.

  • Tiana
    Feb 19

    Please teach your child to swim! If you can’t do it, find someone who can. He’s far less likely to drown if he CAN swim.

  • Aida
    Feb 19

    If you can take him, please do so. I almost drowned as a child and will never forget that feeling. So I have been taking my son since he was 4 months old. The pool where they teach them is usually around 4 ft, so instructor can stand comfortably. If it’s too much for you, they usually have a waiting area for parents separate from the pool too.

  • Ashley
    Feb 20

    Thank you guys. I don’t have a problem swimming myself I love pools and water. But it scars me really badly when it aimed to my son. I don’t have it in me to let him in the water. It terrifies me. I think I’ll wait until summer when the pools do it. I can have my husband take him. It would be better hours for both of them and I wouldn’t be there to watch it.