Do your emotions make it difficult for you to learn how to swim?

Are you an athlete who struggles with pre-race anxiety?

Are you an athlete who struggles with open water anxiety?

Do your emotions interfere with your ability to perform at your best during races?


SwimEQ™ can help you maximize learning and performance outcomes.


Learn more about SwimEQ, see our SwimEQ programs and testimonials.


What is SwimEQ™

EQ is an abbreviation for Emotional Intelligence. It is the ability to recognize and manage emotional fluctuations in your body.

High EQ is valuable for optimizing learning and race performance. SwimEQ is a program especially applicable to aquatic and swimming related activities such as learning to swim, swimming in open water and swimming in a race situation where there is a greater chance of stress and anxiety.

As creatures of survival, the human brain is primed to respond to any perceived threat or stress. The brain responds to these emotional fluctuations by initiating a chain of events that lead to the release of stress hormones. When this occurs, cognition or the ability to think, becomes clouded or disabled.

Swim EQ gives you skills to be able to manage these fluctuations should they arise.


Learn more about our SwimEQ progams and read our testimonials.


SwimEQ™ Programs

Discovery Aquatics offers the following SwimEQ programs:

  • Self-guided Workbook, perfect as an introduction to SwimEQ and will have you on your way to performance excellence in a short time.
  • SwimEQ Consultation, work with certified Emotional Intelligence Coach Dinah though the SwimEQ program. Tailor the program towards a specific swim goal or race. Receive a written evaluation, plus 1×1.5hr online or in-person consultation.
  • SwimEQ Training Plan, combines SwimEQ and Total Immersion methods in a 12 week training plan. Each week you will receive 2 practices that address optimizing performance and efficient swimming tailored to your needs. You will have unlimited email access with Coach Dinah.


Please contact us for more information.

Read our testimonials and see how SwimEQ has helped others reach their swimming goals.


SwimEQ Testimonials

Aloha Dinah!

Thank you so much for helping me swim with EQ! It has made all the
difference in my ocean water swim… Actually all the difference in my life!
I always dreamed of playing in the ocean & partaking of water sports, but
always felt limited and afraid… Just scared not to be able to touch the
bottom.. Terrified when the waves would splash in my face.  I live on an
island so this fear & anxiety were very constraining to my sense of
adventure. I never dreamed at 55 yrs old I could learn to swim & enjoy it so
effortlessly. Thank you for taking the time to allow me to experience life
to the fullest. The simple and effective techniques for EQ work like magic
to keep me in a green zone. I sign up for ocean water races with no
hesitation now. I used to sign for triathlon relays & resign myself to the
fact that someone else would have to do the swim portion … Not anymore…I
even bought a one man kayak to enjoy my new hobby! .. I have a new lease on
life!  Thanks for your patience & kindness with me! Guess you are never to
old to learn to be a fishy..

Mahalo nui loa !

Kim K, Oahu HI


The EQ principles Dinah taught me made a difference immediately in my triathlon swims. Two elements stand out for me; enumerating all the things about the swim that are stressful (and admitting that I control how I react), and the green-yellow-red card exercise. Her advice was simple, and the green card was a tangible focal point. Having something simple to focus on kept me from worrying about the anxiety-provoking elements of the swim.

For the first time in six triathlon seasons, I had a 100% green race–and probably not coincidentally I set a new PR!  SwimEQ makes a difference!!

Liz W, Winston Salem NC


Thanks so much for all of your time and help yesterday, especially all of the discussion about EQ and how to deal with it. It really helped me to be at ease in the water a lot sooner than otherwise, and it allowed me to concentrate on mechanics without getting bogged down by the mental side. Believe me, I will be putting all of that to work next Sunday when I am surrounded by 300 amped-up people.

Your thoroughness as a coach is astounding, and I’ve never had a coach who covered all of the bases like you do. I am so far ahead of last year that it’s hard to imagine, and instead of fearing the swim next week, I am looking forward to it.

Thanks for everything!

Marshall E, Troutman NC