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.

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
  • Over 7% are even afraid of having a bath.

 There are five categories of aquaphobia:

  1. A 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 under developed swimming or water survival skills
  4. Has learnt to swim but still feels anxiety and fear in the water
  5. Social pre-conditioning caused by family or community customs – As children we take on many personality traits of people close to us.

 If you have Aquaphobia and want to overcome your fear,  click here to find out more about the Adult Aquaphobia Learning Programme.