How do you choose the right flotation device for your child?
No one is born afraid of the water. Fear of the water is taught. We pick it up from the different queues of the people around us and the experiences that we have with water.
Sometimes a fear of water is actually just a lack of experience or interaction with the water, and so it's actually just a fear of the unknown.
One thing we always tell our parents in our Parent-and-Me classes is that the attitudes and beliefs about the water come from their experiences at home.