Cathy Bennett vividly recalls a wild, 7-year-old boy whom she had to give swimming lessons.
“He would run around and would use every excuse he had not to get in the water,” said Bennett, an instructor at the Meadowbrook Aquatic & Fitness Center in Baltimore. “He would have to go to the bathroom. He would have to get something to eat. Whatever. Finally, I told him that he was getting in the water, and I realized he wasn’t comfortable putting his face in the water. So I got him relaxed and had him swim on his back.”
The instruction worked. Actually, it worked exceptionally well.
The boy was Michael Phelps.