Aquaphobia is an abnormal and persistent fear of water that is beyond a persons control and often interferes with daily life, confidence & self-esteem.
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 persons life, affecting their lifestyle choices both personally and professionally, also their relationships with friends and family.
A recent official research carried out by waterphobia.com and the RLSS UK within the United Kingdom revealed that over 14% of the adult population has a fear of water, with a staggering 33% stating they knew at least one person with a water phobia.
One in four adults are afraid to take part in any form of swimming and over 7% (4 million people) are even afraid of having a bath.
There are five categories of Aquaphobia:
1. The first-hand experience of a traumatic event (whether remembered or not).
2. A second-hand experience, witnessing or hearing about a traumatic or upsetting event.
3. Fear caused by underdeveloped swimming or water survival skills.
4. Has learned to swim but still feels anxiety and fear in the water.
5. Social pre-conditioning caused by family or cultural emotions.
If you feel you may have Aquaphobia and want to overcome your fear, contact the RLSS UK to find out more about the Adult Aquaphobia Learning Programme.