Dreams can often leave us perplexed and curious, especially if we dream about something we don’t often think about or do during our waking hours.
Swimming is no exception. For some of us, swimming may be a part of our everyday life, but for others, it may be associated with memories of childhood – or something that we take part in much less often.
Whether you are an avid swimmer or have only gone swimming a few times in your life, understanding the symbolism of swimming in our dreams can be a powerful tool for uncovering our innermost desires, fears, and hopes.
So, let’s find out what it means to dream about swimming, how it can be interpreted, and the potential implications on our waking life.
What Does It Mean To Be Swimming in Dreams?
1. Living and Overcoming Obstacles
Swimming dreams are sometimes about survival and how you deal with problems in your daily life. This is especially true if you do not enjoy or know how to swim in real life. For instance, If you dream of having difficulty swimming or that you are submerged, it could be a sign that you are feeling overwhelmed in your waking life.
This could be due to a number of things, such as feeling overwhelmed by stressful situations, heavy workloads, complex relationships, or personal issues. However, it could also be a sign that you are struggling to stay afloat amid conflicting emotions or powerful circumstances.
Also, if you dream of being exhausted while swimming. This could indicate that you are feeling trapped in your current situation. Perhaps your life is going nowhere due to your current financial situation.
This dream serves as a reminder that there is always hope at the end of your struggles and that hardships do not last forever. It could also be telling you to try a new strategy for dealing with problems in your waking life.
Were you floating on water or circling in your dream without making any progress? This means that you feel stuck in some aspects of your waking life.
It could indicate that you are experiencing relationship or career stagnation and are yearning for change but are unsure of what steps to take next. It could also indicate boredom in one area of your life, whether at work or in your relationship.
Water has reflective characteristics, which means it can act like a mirror in a dream. If you find yourself dreaming of a pool with your reflection, it’s a sign that you should take a deeper look into your life and its meaning,
Do people’s perspectives of you or your outward appearance truly reflect how you feel on the inside? It’s easy to put on a brave face and pretend everything is okay, even if you’re going through hard times.
We all want to present the best version of ourselves to the world, and so often, our feelings and emotions are hidden away and kept secret. But acknowledging the way you feel is so important.
It’s okay not to be okay, and it’s important to remind yourself that it’s okay to feel your emotions and not be afraid to show them. There’s no shame in being honest with yourself and with others. It’s perfectly normal to feel down, lonely, or anxious sometimes.
So, why not take the time to look inward and understand yourself better? It can be a truly life-changing experience.
4. Rebirth and New Beginnings
Water is also associated with birth and new beginnings. An example that comes to mind is water baptism. As such, dreams about swimming can represent your efforts in waking life to make a fresh start or pursue new goals. For example, it could indicate that you are considering starting a new business or job.
The dream may foreshadow a possible outcome or experience on your new path. For example, if you dreamed of swimming in a private pool, it could mean that your new career has fewer obstacles and will require less help. But you may experience loneliness at some point.
However, if you dream about swimming in a large and crowded pool, it can indicate that you will encounter numerous obstacles and distractions along the way.
5. Joy and a Desire to Have Fun
Many times, the pool is a place for games and fun. For example, in the game Marco Polo, one person plays the role of Marco, and the other players try to locate the person in the water by shouting their name.
So having repeated dreams about swimming and splashing water could be a sign that you need to make time for something fun in your life. Likewise, if your waking life is stressful, you should make more time for relaxation and enjoyment.
Common Scenarios of Swimming in a Dream and Their Meanings
1. Swimming in a Pool
Dreams about swimming in a pool could have a variety of meanings depending on the characteristics of the water. For example, if the pool is calm and you swim with the flow, it could indicate that your life will improve in the coming months.
However, if you dream of swimming against the tread, it could reflect your anxiety about the future. This dream may also indicate that you must clear your mind of worries and address any emotional issues you are experiencing.
2. Swimming in the Ocean
The ocean is known for its waves that move in various directions. As such, dreams about swimming in the ocean may symbolize violence, difficulty, or conflicting emotions.
To interpret this dream, consider the aspect of your life most closely related to the dream. You must ask yourself questions such as, “Am I worried about anything in my life?” Do I feel overwhelmed? Is there a tidal wave or storm brewing in my career, business, or relationship?
The dream could be telling you to face your life’s storms. But it can also be a message of hope that you will be able to overcome this storm.
3. Swimming Alone
A swimming dream symbolizes your spiritual quest for liberation. It could imply you need time alone to gain mental and emotional clarity. As a result, you may need to get away from all the noise and activity.
Another interpretation of this dream is that your unconscious urges you to embark on a new journey (relationship or career-wise), forgive yourself, and let go of the past and mistakes.
4. Swimming in Moldy Water
A dream about swimming in dirty water foretells bad things to come. You may soon face emotionally taxing traumas like divorce, breakups, or embarrassment. It could also be a physical illness.
However, if you heed the warning in this dream, you may avoid these problems. Dreams do not reveal immutable situations. Rather, they serve as a light to guide or warn us about a potential future event that can be avoided if we make the necessary changes to our lifestyle.
5. Swimming in a Flood
There are two ways to interpret dreams about swimming in a flood. First, the flood could represent the rekindling of intense feelings from your past from which you are still healing.
The second meaning of flood in your dream is the time and effort you have put into a project or concept that is doomed to fail due to inherent mistakes.
However, this dream is telling you to use what you’ve learned from your mistakes as motivation to start over completely with no room for error.
6. Swimming with Dolphins
In my experience, this dream is usually enjoyable and is thought to foretell good fortune. This is because dolphins are associated with happy moments.
The dream can also indicate that you are a wise and well-informed individual capable of dealing with difficult situations. Dolphins can also be a symbol of spiritual guidance. That is, you are heading in the right direction in your waking life.
7. Swimming with Sharks
If you dream about swimming with sharks, look around to see who you’re surrounded by. Unfortunately, you may have sharks in human form, which is dangerous for your growth.
These people will likely sap your energy and bring poison and negativity into your life. As a result, the better you are aware of the sharks in your life, the sooner you distance yourself from such people.
8. Swimming with Your Partner
To understand the message in this dream, consider the feelings you were having while swimming with your partner in your dream.
Were you swimming smoothly and joyfully? It means that your romantic relationship is naturally beautiful. Your relationship is strong because you recognize and meet each other’s needs and desires.
However, if you were having difficulty swimming with your partner or one of you was trying to save the other from drowning, the dream is a bad feeling. It indicates that there are some issues in your relationship.
9. Swimming in a Public Pool
A public pool can be a crowded and chaotic place. However, this may not bother you if you are naturally outgoing and enjoy everything you can see and observe in the dream.
However, if you’re an introvert, having a dream about a swarm of people in a pool may indicate that you’re overburdened or don’t give yourself more time. It can also imply that you prioritize the feelings of others over your own.
10. Using Diving Boards and Swimming Pool Dives
Seeing yourself jumping off a diving board or diving into a pool in your dream could indicate that you are eager to start new projects. It can also mean that you are confident of the project’s outcome.
Since water represents our emotions and inner self, dreams about swimming express our goals, concerns, and reactions to current events. They also serve to warn us about people around us and upcoming events.
The condition and color of the water, as well as the people and animals in it, can also help you understand the meaning of your dream.
So, if you’ve had repeated dreams about swimming, it’s best to keep a dream journal because you’ll need it to get the right message from your dreams.