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A Breakthrough In Teaching

A Breakthrough in Teaching That Will Change All Teaching

Most adult “non-swimmers” have taken swimming lessons before. Today, many still want to learn. Why didn’t previous lessons satisfy?


Because they’re missing an essential ingredient.


You need to be comfortable. At ease. You don’t have to be horizontal. To be safe and calm, you don’t need to do strokes or tread water. That’s part of what we teach that’s different from any other swim school.


The other part is our system. Our system teaches you how to overcome fear. The system is the breakthrough in teaching that will change all teaching.


In less time than you imagined—two or three weeks of our lessons for most people, with each student going at his/her own pace— you are able to comfortably rest and move around peacefully in deep water. That’s what knowing how to swim means. You’re at ease in any part of the pool.


That’s why we’ve been virtually 100% successful for 38 years.

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About Our Founder,
Melon Dash

Founder Melon Dash opened her swim school in 1983 when it was one of two schools in the adult swimming lessons industry. Now, she leads it.

  • World renowned foremost expert
  • 38 years of unparalleled success

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About Our 5 Circles Learning System

  • The 5 Circles is the system developed in 1983 by Melon (M. Ellen) that guarantees learning.
  • The 5 Circles can be used to overcome any fear and to learn virtually anything without being frightened.
  • Learn the 5 Circles in our book, DVD, and podcast at Learn Solo.

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Yes. The class works for everyone who tries it. Just as 2+2 can only equal 4, if you use our method, you cannot get any other result but freedom in the water. This is why we can guarantee our work. It’s a system based on universal learning principles. Yes, the class will work for you if you are there, you ask all your questions, and you try it. As one student put it, “It cannot and does not fail.” —Mary Alice Yund, Chemist, Berkeley, CA
By letting yourself be yourself. By going slowly and not pushing yourself. By going at your own pace and not comparing yourself to others. Ask all your questions. Play. Be a kid. Give yourself time. Suspend deadlines.
Beginners have often taken swimming lessons before where they were taught that learning to swim means “proper movement of arms and legs.” They usually feel that their fear hasn’t been addressed. They know there must be another way to learn and they’re willing to try something new. They’d like to learn in a supportive environment where they’re sure they’ll make progress.
You may wear them under goggles if you wish. Or, you can buy goggles that have your prescription ground into them. Choose a pair of goggles that fit your face and don’t leak, first. THEN have them ground.

At Miracle Swimming School for Adults, we developed the most gratifying and efficient system in the world to teach an afraid adult to swim: The 5 Circles. It’s based on comfort and fun. Our students called it a miracle.

Our History

  • Miracle Swimming School for Adults started in 1983 as Transpersonal Swimming Institute in Berkeley, California. Our goal has always been adults that are happy and peaceful in deep water.
  • In the early 80s, two thinkers on the west coast of the U.S. in the unborn industry of adult swimming lessons realized that adults in lessons were struggling with little success.

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