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Speaking to Guarantee Learning, Prevent Panic.

Experience You Can Build On

Do you know anyone who's exclusively taught and worked with afraid-in-water adults full time for thirty-six years? Melon (M. Ellen) Dash has.  


The body of knowledge that grew from successfully teaching approximately five thousand afraid adults has the potential—and the responsibility— to change the bedrock of adult swimming lessons as we know it. If we want to be successful with every afraid adult student, every time, joyfully the first time,  the content must be simplified.  The delivery must be student-paced. The definition of "I can swim" must shift to mean confidence—and safety—in water over one's head. There is a huge benefit available to private swim schools and national agencies alike. Better yet is the benefit to water safety, nation- and worldwide. Melon's speaking engagements illuminate the way to guarantee  learning. On the other side of learning is its opposite: panic. She delivers a proven path to panic-prevention. 


The brave — swim schools and instructors, agencies and leaders — take advantage of the opportunity to transform their communities into zones of water safety, which is unattainable any other way.  Fast. 


Fields Other Than Aquatics

Learning to swim is where The 5 Circles were proven. But the 5 Circles convey universal laws of presence and learning useful in all of life. They will make a significant contribution to Education, Rehabilitation, Sports, Psychology, Public Safety, and Performance. Leaders, employers and trainers want to know what more is possible.


Path to New Ideas

Find out here how Melon reached her conclusions during her ~13,000 hours of teaching afraid adults. Melon believes you might have reached the same conclusions, yourself. 


The mission of 5 Circles Mindfulness and Miracle Swimming for Adults, Dash's first company, is to teach afraid adults to swim, which happens the very moment they overcome their fear of water over their heads. The 5 Circles enabled this to happen. 5 Circles Mindfulness also seeks to spread this universal solution to preventing panic for all fears. 


Want to Be Convinced? The bedrock of swimming lessons will change when swim instructors and the public understand the truths that were illuminated by those five thousand adults: 


  • learning to swim is a different process from learning strokes 
  • a person can't swim until s/he can rely on her/himself for her safety in water over her head 
  • once someone can swim, he is able to learn to swim efficiently—with strokes
  • the #1 Priority of swimming lessons must be comfort, not efficiency, speed, or distance 


Our credo is honesty. Our modus operandi is sustainability. Our mission is teaching presence of mind to replace panic.  Our goals are the end of drowning and the end of panic! 


Bio: Melon Dash has been teaching adults who are afraid in water since 1983. She trained and licensed sixty-five instructors around the world to teach Miracle Swimming. She's been a competitive swimmer for fifty some years. She wrote a comprehensive how-to book used by instructors and non-swimmer adults, and produced a DVD.


Her degrees are in Exercise Science & Nutrition from University of Massachusetts/Amherst (B.S.) and in Education from the University of Michigan (M.S., 1980). She coached at Keene State College, and was assistant coach at Harvard, Michigan, and UC Berkeley. She opened Transpersonal Swimming Institute, now Miracle Swimming for Adults, in Berkeley in 1983; produced The Miracle Swimmer DVD in 2000; published Conquer Your Fear of Water in 2006; started the Conquer Fear Instructor Training in 2004; started the Sarasota Drowning Prevention Coalition in 2018 and launched Swim Sarasota in 2018 to teach all adult non-swimmers in Sarasota to swim, a 50-year project.  


She's spoken at numerous national and international aquatics conferences and clinics. Her company, 5 Circles Mindfulness, LLC provides comprehensive consultation to help identify gaps and  opportunities in your swim instruction curricula and other curricula where fear is a deterrent to learning; pool and facility design for optimal teaching of adult swimming, swim instructor training (through Miracle Swimming for Adults, Inc.), speaking engagements targeting the ease of overcoming a lifelong fear, the importance of teaching adults to swim, the end of drowning, the mandate to change the focus of swim instruction to safety, and the use of mindfulness to overcome fear.  


Dash held an Eastern Collegiate Championship in 100 Butterfly, New England collegiate records in 100 Butterfly and 400 Freestyle Relay and world rankings as a master swimmer in three events. She began teaching swimming at fourteen and coaching at seventeen


Her current goals are to finish writing three books and give a TED talk.


Her work has been featured in the New York Times several times, USA Today, San Francisco Chronicle, San Jose Mercury News, Tampa Bay Times, Sarasota Herald Tribune, Sarasota News Leader, Pelican Press, Athletic Business magazine, Aquatics International magazine, Recreation magazine, Elle, Real Simple,  The Today Show, TGI4 , The Suncoast View, and local news stations .

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