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I am probably more advanced than the average student that attends Klaus' class. I don't have a fear of water but lacked the real survival skills needed if I were dropped off far away in the water (say in the middle of a lake). Klaus refined my strokes, taught me proper survival floats and cut through what was needed and what was not to be able to survive.Adding some fun skills like diving, underwater retrieving and handstands was icing on the cake.I also witnessed another person in the class go from being completely nervous to even enter the pool to swimming laps into the deep end in a matter of days.If you are interested in basic entry level swimming to even more advanced stuff I highly recommend Klaus. I can see why he guarantees his classes, I would have a hard time seeing someone not coming out a swimmer after going to his class.
Ive had multiple drowning experiences in my life and never focused on learning to swim because it has always been difficult for me to pick it up. I never give up though. YMCA's courses didnt help me because they focused so much on freestyle and breathing that i practically learned nothing. And each lesson was so spread out that I had to refresh what I learned the week before, which cuts into class time. Klaus' method was great...spending hours a day in the pool and talking about theories really helped me to understand the human body and swimming itself from a scientific perspective. I was able to float on my back easily just by controlling the breathing, and do backstroke and breast stroke within few days! Klaus has a great sense of humor and always keeps the class interesting...and he always have the most interesting fun facts to share with us! I felt more confident than i ever did in water...and we all also dove into the deep end of the pool! I totally recommend this, because his methods are different and effective! Thank you again Klaus!
I'm 60 years old and had almost given up on the possibility of learning to swim. Fear of the water and the humiliation of not knowing how to swim had kept me from learning. I was googling adult learn to swim (expecting nothing) when I saw the webpage for Bolle Adult Swim lessons. I signed up immediately. It's everything it says it is. In 4 days I went from being afraid to stand in shallow water to swimming in 12 ft water. I can swim!! I feel like my life has changed. I'm so happy and proud of myself too!
I attempted to learn to swim via lesson at the Y. After 7 half hour session, while I could float and somewhat kick, I just wasn't getting free style down. So I took the chance on this school.
The price is high, but after taking it I understand why. It's a very intensive course. I believe we were in the pool having lessons 3 hours each day over the course of 5 days. I along with one other student worked with Klaus each day. The way the class is structured is great as he went through the movements of breast stroke and back stroke step by step and we didn't move on until each of us got what we needed to do down. I had a very tough time putting all the movements together on Day 3, but Klaus just kept on top of what I was doing and correcting as I went along. Also, we did exercises about being comfortable in the water which was great. I was definitely less afraid of being in the water via the lessons we went through. I was exhausted after each class and usually would eat like a pig afterward, but felt great after each night. I believe it was by day 4, I was able to go end to end swimming on my back without a problem.
Definitely recommend this to anyone who wants to learn to swim. The price is high, however, the quality of the teaching from Klaus proves that it's worth it. The guy knows what he's doing.
I never thought i can swim, until i found bolle swimschool!Its like a miracle for me, after 3 days i can cross the pool without help. i will come back again to take the advance course.thank you.
Please note: Following Reviews are "YELP REVIEWS" and are rated with 5 Stars! - We NEVER got less than 5 Stars.
Klaus is awesome instructor. His teaching method is simple and easy to follow.
it's too good to be true that learning swimming in five days is possible.
I felt it's impossible to learn in five days while I am signing up for his class.
It did not even took 5 days to swim, glide on the water, holding the breathe under water,breast stroke (keeping head under the water surface and keeping head over the water surface), competition style swimming, back stroke, swimming in 15 feet deep ..etc.
I can't believe myself that I got the ability all in 3.5 days. His intensive course gave me the muscle memory kick in just 3 days. He taught the importance of Buoyancy.
- Seshikanth G.
- Carbondale, IL
Its remarkable. I'd taken a number of classes over the years, and spent money on private instructors. Instructors I now see as clearly out of their depth. During one particularly challenging class, a very expensive teacher told me "When you're ready to learn, you will." Needless to say, that was the last time I gave her my hard-earned money and took time away from my busy schedule to supposedly screw around in the pool. None of the teachers I met understood that I had a real fear of water, was trying incredibly hard, and was just getting more anxious by the lesson. It didn't help to be surrounded by little kiddies showing off their considerably more confident water skills.
I finally decided to look for immersive swimming classes, and came across Klaus Bolle. I took a week off from work and drove to the Poconos for the beginner's class. At the start of the class I was very disturbed by the thought of water getting in my face, and terrified at the concept of backstroke. I'm glad to say that by the end of the week I was hanging out in the deep end, floating on my back and doing the breast stroke easily. I still haven't gotten the hang of the freestyle stroke, so I may take a short class in my neighborhood next year. But right now I can do the breast stroke, back stroke, and thread in the deep end without fear. I recommend this class to any adult who can't swim.
- Melody G.
- Washington, DC
It does sound too good to be true, but he is the real deal. My fear of water is gone and I feel very comfortable in deep waters well. Klaus is the right combination of assertiveness and compassion. There was no pre-requisite required to attend his course.
I highly recommend it, the best 3.5 days of my life so far ! With the results to show for it.
- Sandeep M.
- Toronto, Canada
Klaus is the best swimming teacher! His method - intensive learning in 5 days - is the most successful way of teaching adult non-swimmers. I did not have a lot of confidence in my first class because of my failed swim classes before. I remembered thinking I would get my money back if I fail to learn. The transformation is huge for me, with two weekends of classes, I went from being not comfortable in the water to enjoying jumping in the water and swimming to the other end of the pool; from only knowing swimming free style under the water to swimming competition style breast stroke and back stroke. Klaus was so nice and invited my husband during my last day of class. My husband has been swimming since he was a toddler and Klaus was able to teach him to float on his back which he never learned from YMCA lessons.
I guarantee that you will not find a better way to learn to swim as an adult.
- RL L.
- Phoenix, AZ
First and foremost, the guarantee is real. You will be swimming by the end of this class. I took the non swimmer class this Spring and was amazed. Klaus not not only teaches you to swill, but how to save your life in the water. The progress I made was astounding. I was clearly the most fearful (in my opinion) after the second day, but with determination and the relaxed nature of the class, I surprised myself of what I was able to accomplish after a lifetime of fear and failed attempts (I'm 45).
The class was small, just 4 adults within similar age ranges, which lent itself for great intimacy and support, and for what I'm sure will be lifetime friends. I must admit that the last day was an emotional one, to witness what we each had overcome in such a short period of time. While clearly, we all needed to continue our work, we all did swim across the pool 30 times! I cannot put a price tag on the true value of this class, but I can say that it is worth much more than what I paid for it.
- Vince M.
- Trenton, NJ
I have had discomfort and phobia of the water my entire life. I tired of the embarassment and wanted to overcome this one aspect of my life that really hindered me from enjoying many activities involving water.
The Bolle Swim method is amazing. You are taught in a safe, private setting with compassion, encouragement and clear guidance. Day 1 I was swimming under water and floating on my back. Klaus demystifies the myths and fears and the psychology of fear is diminished. Day 2 you begin practicing coordination of the breast stroke. The remaining days involve practice, ongoing water familiarity, and increasing your confidence and abilities. Day 5 nonswimmers prove their skill swimming the length of the pool, floating, and more! Don't wait -- start now and expand you abilities and overcome discomfort and fear! Attending Bolle Swim School is one of the best decisions I ever made in my adult life!
I am looking forward to attending Step 2 and Deep water next. I say that Klaus is the "nonswimmer Whisperer." Gain confidence, information, and new abilities.
- Brenda R.
- McLean, VA
My parents didn't swim and there weren't many pools in the area where I grew up. So I never learned to swim as a child. Whenever I was finally near a pool, there were many moments of anxiety and panic - when friends or acquaintances did not believe I could not swim would push me in or when I would get beyond the shallow end. Even in the shallow end, I could feel my anxiety rise. I could feel my breathing tighten just standing in the shallow end. There were many other moments of embarrassment over my fear. I worked around every pool party invitation, beach visit, etc. I had taken a class at a local 'Y' back in my 20's and I had a bit of success but it did not last. Fast forward to 20 years later.....
A few years ago my kids were starting their swim lessons and I worried that I would pass my water anxiety onto them. I hid my inability to swim and my discomfort around the water from them. As they became more skilled and began to approach increasing levels of water safety, I realized that I had to do something for myself so that I could advance as well and be right there with them. I started researching swim classes for adults with water phobia, anxiety, fear, issues, deep water issues... whatever you want to call it. I found the Bolle Swim School in Arizona. There were many other methods that I found in my research at the time but I settled on Klaus Bolle's school. I watched those videos that they have on their website and I just believed that even I could be helped by Klaus Bolle. I am so glad that I did. After the first day, I was at ease with the school, Klaus and the Bolle Swim School approach. Not only does Klaus know his way around a pool, he knows how to teach people who have years and years of fears and not swimming telling them that they can't do it. He talks you through it all and shows you that you can.
You will never be made to feel as if you are a failure or somehow unteachable because you made it this far in life (however old you are) without being comfortable in the water.
I took the non-swimmer course 2 years ago and I am still swimming. I regularly jump into the deep end. Just this week I realized that the tight feeling in my chest that I used to get was no longer present. I hadn't even thought about it; all of a sudden I did think about it one day (in the pool at the gym!) and I was happy to find that the anxiety and tightness were still gone.
I keep trying to figure out how I can get back to Arizona so that I can go on to the next step...I'd like to have learn more about different strokes and perhaps even move on to open water!
Bolle Swim School is the real deal. Klaus is amazing. He is always understanding and caring. Adults like us are his specialty.
- Lorraine J.
- Thousand Oaks, CA
I attended the five day sessions in late April of 2015. Apart from the cost of classes, I also had to pay for the flights and car rent, since I live in Michigan. The money was very much well spent. Klaus has an amazing way of teaching. He is very effective in building confidence. In 3 days, I learnt back stroke, breast stroke and the technique to float. Learning how to swim was my lifelong dream and Klaus helped me to bring them to reality.I found Klaus and his wife to be very hospitable. I plan to go back to learn other swimming techniques.
- Zakir S.
- Ann Arbor, MI
Absolutely Amazing! first of all, this coming from a person who never writes reviews and is always skeptical. I took the non swimmer class and it was life changing for me. Klaus is such an excellent instructor. I had attempted to take swimming classes with other instructors in the past and I always ended up feeling defeated and just quit. I learned more from Klaus about swimming in the first day than I learned from others my whole life. The guarantee is real..
- Joe H.
- Suwanee, GA
I almost drowned when I was 8 or 9 years old and it made me really fearful of water no matter what the depth is. Lately I felt that I was missing out because I do not know how to swim. When I saw the website for Bolle swim school and that the classes are in an indoor pool, private and with just a small group of people I was sold. What I like the most about the class is that it is individualized, depending on your skill. I never felt the pressure of being at the same level as the others that were doing well in class. Klaus is very patient (especially with me because I keep saying I am not ready to swim). Both he and his wife Thitiya are very encouraging. They are both highly qualified to teach non swimmers like me. After 5 days I can say that I am more comfortable to be in water and swim! Yes you read it right, swim in just 5 days. I am very thankful to Bolle swim school.
- G A.
- Phoenix, AZ
I finished the five-day beginner swim class in June & it was a life-changing experience for me. I had previously taken lessons elsewhere a couple of times but was never able to completely overcome fear of deep water or become comfortable enough to enjoy water. I was truly a 72-year-old lifelong non-swimmer. I am now able to swim laps comfortably in my own diving pool & have a great sense of freedom in the water that I never before experienced. I was not alone. I watched other students in the class as they responded similarly. I think Klaus Bolle does a wonderful job of teaching how to make the water your friend so that you can move on to actual swimming. Classes are small & instruction is very individualized. I would recommend this class to anyone who needs good solid beginner swimming instruction.
- Deanna S.
- Phoenix, AZ
Just returned from my 5 days of swimming a Bolle Swim School. The most amazing experience with Klaus Bolle and his wife. My first day of class I was uncertain but on the 5th day ` I had been taught that water is my friend - I am proud to say that I am a swimmer! Klaus is an amazing swim instructor that really makes you have an understanding of swimming in water- He takes you through many exercises of how our bodies are able to float so you lose that fear of going down under the water. Not only is Klaus super fun, but he has the passion for what he is teaching! Highly recommended! Super Excited to show my swimming skills to family, friends and my two grandchildren!
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- Shelly T.
- Renton, WA
iI have recently completed a 5 day lessons with mister Bolle it was a greatest experience i had to date he is up to date in what he will teach you even in groups
I HAD A BLAST AND SO WILL YOU thanks k. bolle !
- Merle K.
- Joseph City, AZ
I'm finding out that there's many others like me---those that nervously splash around in the shalllow end of the pool, never owning up that they can't swim as an adult. And the longer you hide your secret, the stronger your fear gets! At 55, I decided to put 'learn to swim' on my bucket list. After much research, I chose Bolles Swim School because they seemed to 'get' the fearful non-swimmer. I couldn't just go to the local YMCA to be taught by the college student instructor--I came with years of built up fears & needed someone experienced with people like me with a successful track record.
On Day 1, Klaus the owner & instructor of Bolles, acknowledged my discomfort/fear in the water before jumping into the mechanics of the perfect stroke. Klaus taught me survival skills with the perfect balance of kindness & determination to motivate me to experience what fun possibilities water has to offer. Thank you Klaus for keeping me disciplined, yet ensuring a pleasant experience as well. Without hesitation, I recommend your school to others like me, a fearful non-swimmer who now knows she is actually buoyant in the water & can almost fall asleep doing a back float!
- Carol H.
- Wrightwood, CA
Awesome program, the class is private and customized specific for each individual depending on their level. I flew to the program from NYC and I must say I am completely satisfied. Klaus has the ability to teach anyone and his guarantee is 100% authentic. I highly recommend for anyone who wants to learn, you can not fail with his program.
- Donnett C.
- Bronx, NY
I recently completed the Bolle Swim School program. Let me first say that Klaus is unbelievable. A class act with a proven teaching method. I have never had water phobia and I could swim (although horribly), this class was exceptional. Klaus' method of teaching had everyone in the pool focusing on their individual needs. It was the most fun that I have had in months. Regardless of your swim skills or lack thereof, I highly recommend Bolle Swim School.
- Jay B.
- Phoenix, AZ
I took the non swimmer five days course last week. After almost drowning 50 years ago I never went back near water until last week. I was very afraid and it took me a long time to finally take action an register with Bolles Swim School. I live in Canada and it was a difficult decision for me to fly down to Phoenix Arizona for swimming lessons; however, I can say now that it was the best decision in my life. The course is so intensive and the teacher so good that I was under water and swimming after a few days. I am not a good swimmer yet but I am not afraid of water anymore. The five days training is great because you can achieve a lot in a short time.
Ernesto Gradin from Canada
- Ernesto G.
- Markham, Canada
I went to the Bolle Swim School as a complete non-swimmer, with serious water phobia. I was really skeptical that the program would be as successful as promised, but I had taken many lessons that didn't work so I figured I had nothing to lose. To my great surprise I was actually swimming across the pool (width-wise not lengthwise... but still!) at the end of the first day. I highly recommend this course to non-swimmers, Klaus has very good techniques to help you manage your fear of water.
- D. A.
- Longmont, CO