Updated: Feb 7
RLSS UK states that 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. For some, even talking about swimming or water related activities can cause a traumatic reaction or a sense of panic even if they are nowhere near water, such is the degree of their fear. Aquaphobic adults will tend to avoid swimming whether at their local pool or on a beach holiday and may even fear the water in a shower or bath.
Aquaphobia often has far reaching effects on the quality of a person’s life, affecting their life style choices both personally and professionally, also their relationships with friends and family.
Recent research carried out by RLSS UK revealed that:
Over 14% of the adult population has a fear of the water a staggering 33% knew at least one person with a phobia of water. One in four adults are afraid to take part in any form of swimming and Over 7% are even afraid of having a bath.
To overcome a fear of swimming can be difficult. It can hold many people back from learning to swim, but it doesn’t have to be that way.
Rio2016 Olympic gold medal winner Adam Peaty was afraid of water as a child. He worked to overcome it and became a champion. If you are nervous of getting in the pool don’t worry, you’re not alone and help is at hand.
Most pools offer adult classes in a friendly and supportive environment and you’ll meet plenty of people going through the same experience as you.