How to Benefit from Aquatic Exercise without Knowing How to Swim

Nov 26, 2013
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An Aquatic Drama

 A 2 person play in 1 act


Aquatic Specialist (AS):
a professional with certifications in aquatics, lifeguarding, cpr, and first aid, who works with people in water and possesses knowledge of the human body and the properties of water

New Aquatic Person (NAP): 
person who has not been in a pool for a long time or perhaps never been in a pool


NAP:  My doctor told me to start doing aquatic exercise.  But, I can’t get in a  pool.  I don’t know how to swim!


AS:  That’s all right.  You don’t have to know how to swim to benefit from the water.  Did you know that if we get in the pool and just go waist deep, 50% of your body weight will be held by the water?   When you’re ready, we can even go to chest depth and 75% of your body weight will be held by the water.


NAP:  Well, I guess that sounds good, but I’m really scared.


AS:  That’s all right.  Water is a different environment and should be respected.  We’ll just take it one step at a time.


NAP:  Are you sure I’ll be all right?  Look at my hair – I just got it done – you’re not going to make me go under or blow bubbles, are you?!


AS:  No!  You won’t have to do any of that.  You won’t even get your hair wet!


NAP:  Wait a minute – I can’t see without my glasses.


AS:  Well, then keep them on.


NAP:  Really?


AS:  Yes, really.


NAP:  I still can’t get in that water because I am NOT putting on a bathing suit.


AS:  You don’t have to.


NAP:  I don’t?


AS:  No, you can wear shorts and a t-shirt with an athletic bra.


NAP:  I’m still scared.  I know what my doctor said, but this is just so new.  I just haven’t done anything like this before and I don’t want to look silly and I am really scared!  Did I mention that I’m scared?!


AS:  Yes!  It’s all right to be scared.  That’s why I’m here.  My job is to help you feel safe in the water.  Then we will work on doing exercises to improve your health.  After that, maybe you will be so motivated and feel so good from all of your aquatic work that you will sign up for our adult learn to swim class.


NAP:  Are you kidding?


AS:  No!  I’m not kidding.  Let’s get in!


NAP:  Okay!


Epilogue:  NAP, much to her surprise, enjoyed the water!  She began attending aquatic classes 3x per week.  NAP noticed after a few months of attending aquatic classes that she had more energy in her daily life and her knees did not hurt anymore.  Now, she is even thinking about joining an Adult Learn to Swim Class.  NAP also lived happily ever after!




Author: Elizabeth Vander Kamp

  • Lisa K

    How come every time I read something you’ve written, speak with you or see you, I feel better and am reminded how grateful I am that we are friends?
    Thanks for being a fabulous and inspiring woman!

  • Elizabeth Vander Kamp

    Lisa! Hello Sistah! Thank you so much! xo, Elizabeth