Helping people overcome their aquatics anxieties, fears and phobias for over 30 years.
The SOAP Program is a highly unique "Health and Wellness Aquatic Program" that can help any individual, regardless of age, fitness level or life experience, who is unable to enjoy the many physical, emotional and recreational benefits that result from participating in aquatic activities, as a a result of varying degrees of their fear of water.
The program combines cognitive awareness, emotional support, both in and out of the water, in addition to aquatic skill builiding, all developed to address the very specific needs of a widely diverse population of people who's anxiety prevents them from feeling safe in water.
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Participants are provided with an in depth view and explaination of the "Who, What and Whys" of aquatic fear/phobia and anxiety so that they are better able to understand their feelings and reactions with regards to previous aquatic experiences, or lack of.
The counseling process is a critical part of this program, where participants learn how to effectively manage the very powerful feelings which have prevented them from realizing success in water.
This program is not a "traditional" learn to swim program, it is a "learning to overcome fear of water" program, which is the first step in learning how to swim for any fearful swimmer. Participants gradually learn and develop aquatic skills that will allow them to feel and be comfortable, confident and competent in water and when they are ready, emotionally and physically, are taught traditional strokes.
"This class is leading to many breakthroughs in other areas of my life. Courage is most definitely like introducing yourself to Fear and then serving it an eviction notice.
Sabrina R. Prince, Manhattan, NY
These skill sets and the unique rapport between the SOAP Instructor and the participants allows them to wade into the aquatic experience and no longer suffer from a fear of swimming.
"Fear can be a powerful motivator, rather than a painful deterrent.” Jeff Krieger, M.S.
My son Jesse, age 11 has been taking swim lessons with Jeff Krieger as part of the SOAP program. Jeff has been able to take Jesse from being anxious and fearful of the water, to swimming with his head under water, a goal my husband and I never thought he would be able to achieve. Jeff' was insightful, patient, motivating and encouraging. With his highly skilled teaching methods, Jeff was able to take my son from being afraid to get into the water to actually enjoying being in a swimming pool. It has helped him build confidence in other areas of his life as well. Vacations and get togethers with friends that involve swimming is no longer a problem...Jesse can participate with confidence and enjoyment. We can't thank Jeff enough for helping our son achieve the goal of becoming a swimmer!
Alan, Brooklyn, NY
Hi Jeff, You're so encouraging and trustworthy that your students can only excel. Thank you for bringing this vital skill to so many of us, and for doing so with such patience and competence.
Hazel Seivwright Brooklyn, NY
The emotional stability, cognitive awareness and physical skills needed to be safe and enjoy the water.
Awareness of the aquatic environment, systemic desensitization to overcome fears and tools to handle any situation.
Proper use of breathing, roll-overs, floating, treading, and transitional swim strokes.
Use of behavior modification, relaxation, positive imaging, and counseling / coaching techniques.