Dreams about swimming are common for many people. In this post we will see what it means to swim in a dream, as well as the symbolism of the pool dream meaning. Since these symbols are closely related, it makes sense to talk about both.
The type of water
I want to say first that the type of water is important. If the water is clear, then this is positive. You could find yourself swimming in the lake, river, sea or in a pool. An outdoor swimming pool indicates, according to the old dream lore, that you will be lucky in love. If the pool is inside, this indicates that you may be hiding your feelings. If you swim in the sea then this indicates that you need wisdom to progress in life. If the water is blue and crystal clear, then great times are ahead, however, if the water is cloudy or dirty, this can spell trouble. A lake seen in a dream is all about how you stay emotionally still, like the lake itself. Try to overcome whatever problem you are facing. Swimming without reaching land in a dream can imply that things are going to end favorably in the coming weeks. Diving into the water before swimming in a dream may indicate that you will soon effectively negotiate strong emotions. I will now turn to the details of your dream.
As I have already mentioned, there are many factors within this dream that need to be considered. For example, if you are swimming and enjoying the experience, then you feel that your life is safe, and you feel loved. If the water is crystal blue, then you are beginning to assess your life and work towards a better resolution to solve your existing problems. The action of swimming in a dream shows that you are trying to overcome any problem in an effective way. Also, this dream means the potential for a successful life. If you are on top of the drifting water, and not fighting or swimming against the current, then it shows that you need to be in a fluid situation.
What does it mean to dream of swimming or a pool?
Swimming is an activity that many people do for fun and exercise, whether it’s in a pool, lake, ocean, or other body of water. Sometimes swimming can be an act of survival, especially if one finds oneself dreaming of being thrown out of a boat or falling into a body of water unexpectedly.
Before getting into common dream interpretations for swimming, it is important that you first think about the context of the dream, as well as your own personal feelings and associations with swimming.
Swimming as a symbol of emotions
Most of the time swimming takes place in the water. In our post about the meaning of water dreams , we talked about how water can often symbolize our different emotions that we may be experiencing in life. If you dream of swimming in water, it can often mean that you are trying to navigate through different emotions.
Think about the current events in your life: is there something emotional that you are trying to resolve? Sometimes these emotions can be happy, other times they can be feelings of uncertainty or even fear. The quality of the pool water can sometimes give us an idea of what the dream means. If you are swimming in dirty or murky waters, you might be trying to figure out how to deal with different feelings or challenges in your life.
If you are swimming in crystal clear blue water, you may be on the brink of success, achievement, or relief from hard times. It is also very important in this type of dream to think about the feelings and emotions that can be experienced when waking up in everyday life. Often these thoughts and feelings manifest in our dreams at night so that we can better understand them.
Playful and want to have fun
Many times when we are in a pool, we play different games. Marco Polo is a popular game, where one person is Marco and everyone else must try to find the person in the water by saying his name. If in the dream you are playing splash water or other games, this is often a sign that perhaps you need to take time for something fun in your life. If your waking life is stressful, you may find yourself unconsciously yearning for the joy and fun of childhood.
Beginnings and revival
We often associate water with birth and new beginnings. Water is also a common element used in baptism. Swimming in a dream can sometimes mean that you are exploring new things in life, or that you wish to have a fresh start. Sometimes the location of the swimming spot can give some clues as to what kinds of things are changing or new in your life.
For example, a private pool where you are alone could mean that you are exploring new spiritual or personal growth. If you are swimming in a crowded public pool, it could symbolize that you are looking to start over to find new friends and contacts. If the pool is part of a real estate investment in the dream, or one related in some way to business or finance, it could symbolize that you are considering new ventures in business or thinking about starting a new career.
Survival and overcoming challenges
If you don’t like to swim in real life, or you don’t know how to swim, sometimes this dream can be about survival and how you will overcome and meet challenges in your waking life. If you dream that you are struggling to swim or that you are trapped underwater in a dream, it is important to ask yourself if you may currently be overwhelmed by something in waking life. Are you struggling to find a way out?
Sometimes you may dream that you are tired while swimming, or that in reality you are not moving any distance but just treading water. This may mean that you feel trapped in your current situation.
You may feel like you’re going nowhere in life or that you’re just trying to stay afloat financially. When you face challenges in life, whether through finances or relationships, often our dreams can help us understand a better way to deal with these issues. Sometimes it means taking a new approach, other times dreams seem to remind us that struggles don’t last forever and that there is always hope.
Reflections and illusions
Any body of water will have reflective qualities. Many times in literature, pools are used as a metaphor for illusions and reflections. Pools can often share the same meaning as a mirror as an illusion in a dream. If you notice a reflection in the pool water or are able to see yourself swimming, it could mean that you need to take some time to think about how you feel inside versus what you show to the outside world.
Sometimes we keep a lot of our true feelings bottled up and hidden from others. Reflection can also have a double meaning, as if you are reflecting on your own inner thoughts. When you ponder something, it usually means that you are thinking about different possibilities or considering the truth of a situation.
Common dreams about swimming and their meaning
Now that we understand the basics of what it means to dream about swimming, we can look at some specific dream scenarios that can occur in different dreams.
Swimming in a pool of strange shapes
Swimming pools come in a wide variety of shapes and sizes, with the most common shapes being rectangles, circles and ovals. If you dream of a swimming pool that has an interesting shape, it can be helpful to think about what this shape might represent. For example, if you dream of a swimming pool with many curves, it could mean that you are looking to explore life with less restrictive limits. It could also mean that you want to experience life more smoothly.Dream About a Pool Fountain
Fountains in dreams can symbolize renewal and new cycles. It can also mean that you are looking to find a new source of information or insight in your life. Fountains in a pool can also mean that you are experiencing abundance, whether it be an abundance of money, an abundance of friends, or an abundance of feelings and emotions. Paying attention to other aspects of the dream can give you a better idea of what a pool fountain means in your dream.
If you dream that you are swimming alone, it can mean that you are looking for some time and solitude to better understand and explore your own feelings and emotions about a situation. You may feel that you are emotionally detached from a situation or others in your current life. It is important to think about how you felt during sleep and how this may contrast with how you feel when you wake up in daily life.
Dreaming of a peaceful swimming pool without people
If you dream of a peaceful and serene pool, but completely empty, it can mean that you are feeling in a quiet moment in your life. It can also mean stillness and solitude, perhaps you wish to have others with whom to share your life.
Dream about filling or draining a swimming pool
If you dream of emptying a swimming pool and draining all the water from it, it can mean that you feel as if you are emotionally exhausted in some situation in your life. You may feel that you are giving more than you are capable of providing.
You may put the needs of others ahead of your own. If you dream of filling a swimming pool, it means that you are probably starting a new adventure, or that you feel emotionally fulfilled in life. You may be excited about new projects or prospects that are about to happen.
Swim in an indoor pool
While most pools are outdoors, there are also many that can be indoors. Most of the time these types of pools are found in resorts, hotels or even in the private pools of mansions. Swimming in an indoor pool often means you have to reflect on your deepest inner emotions.
You may feel that you are closed to the outside world or that you want to hide from others. An indoor pool could also mean that you are too sensitive to the current environment in your daily life. Perhaps you are thinking too much about appearances and not exploring your true emotions. You may not be doing what is true to your heart.
Swimming in a public pool
Public pools can be crowded and noisy places. If you are naturally extroverted, this may not bother you and you may enjoy many different things to see and observe in the dream. If you are an introvert, dreaming of a crowd of people in a swimming pool can mean that you feel lost in a crowd or that you do not feel like you take enough time for yourself. You may feel that you are putting the needs and interests of others ahead of your own.Dreaming of dirty pools or cleaning a pool
A dirty pool, or dreaming of cleaning a pool, can often mean that it is time to release pent up emotions or change some aspect of your life. Changing a pool filter can be both a symbol and a metaphor for what you may need to change in your own life. Maybe you need a new perspective to see through a situation in your life a little more clearly.
Swim in a natural body of water
Swimming in a lake or ocean can mean that you are experiencing something very natural, but you are not sure how to really navigate through all the different feelings associated with your life situation. This can also sometimes be a dream signifying a longing to connect with a more natural way of life or to spend time outdoors.
Diving and diving boards in a swimming pool
If you dream of a trampoline or jumping and diving into a pool, this can mean that you are excited to start new projects. This can mean that you feel confident about how a situation will turn out. Pay attention to the trampoline: Is it high? Under? Does he seem insecure? Your own feelings during the dream will give you many clues as to what the dream may mean.
This can give you an idea of how you might feel when you “jump into things” in your daily waking life. Are you diving into shallow water? This dream can serve as a warning. It could mean that it’s important to carefully consider the environment and other factors before starting a new project or committing to a decision. The expression “plunge in” means that you are plunging into a project or situation headfirst.
Sometimes this means that you may not be fully thinking about all the different issues that can affect the current things that are happening in your life. Diving into a pool in our dreams can also mean that you are so immersed in something that you may be ignoring other factors that may contribute to the overall result.
Competitive Swimming: Team Swim, Olympic Swimming or Synchronized Swimming
Competitive swimming in dreams can mean that you long to feel part of a team or that you are trying to achieve a specific goal. Swimming is a competitive sport, and very popular in schools and in the Olympics. If you dream that you are on the swim team when you are part of a competitive swim team in real life, it probably means that you are thinking about your current goals or feelings about the sport.
However, if you are not part of a team in real life, it may mean that you yearn to be part of a group or community. Sometimes it can also mean that you are competing with others towards a common goal. It can be helpful to think about who you might be competing with in your relationships or in your career. For example, you may feel like a co-worker is always trying to “win” or maybe you’re trying to gain romantic interest.
Swimming with fish or animals
Sometimes in swimming dreams you may notice fish or other animals in the dream. Dreaming of fish can mean many different things, especially since there are many different types of fish! If you dreamed of swimming with a fish, see our articles on the meaning of dreams of fish and the meaning of dreams of aquariums can give you more information about what the dream means.
In these types of dreams, it is important to think about the symbolism of the animal and the wisdom it can bring to the overall interpretation of the dream.
swimming in something other than water
This may seem like a strange dream, but many people dream of swimming in things that are not water. For example, people may dream of swimming in food such as milk, spaghetti or jelly. If you dream of swimming in food, it may help to look at the related symbol for the dream interpretation for food. Other common non-water related dreams that involve swimming could be dreams of swimming through money.
If you dream of swimming through coins, it can be very helpful to explore the meaning of the money dream . This can sometimes mean that you are thinking about how to improve your financial outlook or that you are hopeful about current business investments.
What does it mean to dream of swimming with your partner?
Swimming with your partner is about a relationship you have with your partner. Swimming with your partner in the dream can mean that in the coming days, you will come across some negative problems in your life. This will affect your relationship the most, in which you will find yourself arguing with your partner. On the other hand, the dream could imply that you are going to encounter negativity in terms of communication in general. Swimming with someone you love indicates a possible negative thought process and it could be difficult for those around you to understand what you are going through emotionally.
What does dreaming of swimming effortlessly indicate?
To dream that you are swimming effortlessly, such as freestyle or breaststroke, suggests that you are going to be successful in the coming days. If you are managing projects right now, this implies that things are going to be successful. It is the right time to start building new relationships with people and engage in new associations as this will have a positive impact on your life. It is a time when you will feel happiest in life. Swimming another stroke as a butterfly can indicate that you have inner feelings right now.
What does it mean to dream of swimming on your back?
Dreaming of swimming on your back can imply illusions and that you are moving away from something in life. It may mean that you will find things from a different perspective. Swimming on your back in a pool indicates a fight against your illusion. It focuses on a misconception and they are doing their best to help you overcome it. After this dream, it will be a good idea if you can start to focus on your real goals in life.
What does it mean to dream of being unable to swim?
A dream in which you are unable to swim could mean that, in the upcoming period, you are going to go through difficult circumstances and this will generate negativity. The dream, in my opinion, tries to prepare you so that when it finally happens, you will be able to fight all the problems as soon as they appear. Such a dream indicates that there may be complications in your life.
What does it mean to dream of swimming in a flood?
Dreaming of swimming in a flood (in ancient dream lore) may indicate that you are running into a failed project. If you are working on something challenging then this dream is connected to this. This is a very strange dream. A flood can indicate the “flood of emotions” from which you will not be able to recover for a long time. It could also be showing that what you have worked for a long time, investing a lot of your time and money, is not going to be successful at the end of it all.
Try to stay positive, you may need to remember that you are going to learn from future failures and the dream is preparing you to focus on a more innovative future. Don’t waste your time thinking about the past, but try to focus on your future.
What does it mean to dream of swimming with the current?
Dreaming of swimming against the current could imply that you are a person who likes to express their emotions freely. In the next few days, you may have to let yourself be carried away by your emotions and feelings.
Additional Swimming Pool Dream Meanings and Associations
Is there any number present in the dream? The meaning of numbers in dreams When interpreting what it means to dream about swimming, it is important to sometimes consider the literal/metaphorical translation of different sayings and phrases. It’s also helpful to think about the different pop culture references from books, movies, and music.
Sayings and phrases related to swimming
Swim against the current/swim against the current: This is a phrase that means that you tend to do things in an unconventional way. Your personal views may conflict with someone else’s, or your way of life may not be accepted by others. It can also sometimes mean that you are doing something in a way that is much more difficult than it has to be.
Swimming with the Fishes : This is an expression sometimes associated with old mob crime movies, in which a gangster tells the boss, “Don’t worry, he’ll be swimming with the fishes in the morning.” In those movies, that usually meant the gangster would dump the body or evidence of the crime in the river or bay. This could mean that he seeks to get rid of incriminating evidence or that he feels guilty for having wronged someone.
Sink or swim: This phrase means that you can do nothing and fail, or you can try to swim to success. This often means that there is some kind of challenge in your life that you must try to overcome, otherwise you may experience failure.
Swimming with the flow: This means that you are doing what is natural and what comes easily. You could be going with a traditional and conventional method in your life. You don’t like to bother others, and you will go with the flow to do what causes least resistance in life.
Swim with the sharks: This is a saying that means you are associating with dangerous and difficult people. Sometimes it means you know you’re getting into a bad situation and you’re aware of the associated risks.
Pool Jump: This was a prank that many teenagers pulled many decades ago, where they would sneak into their neighbors’ pools late at night. Although this practice is of course illegal as trespassing, not to mention dangerous, the phrase is still sometimes used today. This may mean that you are exploring many different options, or trying a little of everything before settling on a decision.
Pool Shark: A pool shark is someone who is involved in the betting in a game of pool. These individuals are known to be dishonest or manipulative, although it can sometimes mean that someone has a lot of natural talent to play the game. If you dream of a shark in a pool, you should think if there is someone you do not trust.
Additional things to consider about swimming
Sometimes swimming can manifest in our dreams in the strangest ways, but when external influences are considered, sometimes it all makes sense.
Swimming is an Olympic sport, and the Olympic-sized pools are huge. If you dream of a famous swimmer, like Michael Phelps, it can mean that you are thinking about achieving fame or success in your career. If you dream of swimming while the Olympics are happening in real life, it could just be a coincidence, or it could mean that it reminds you to think about your own dreams and goals.
There are many different swimming strokes and techniques. Many professional swimmers who compete know a number of different strokes. For example, there is the backstroke, the butterfly stroke, the side stroke and many others. Sometimes these words can give us additional insight into what a dream means.
For example, if you dream of your back, it may mean that you are trying to find ways to make something easier, or that you are turning your back on your own true emotions. The butterfly stroke could mean that you are not committing yourself or that you are trying to make a big transformation and metamorphosis in your life.
Swimming goggles: Do you see things in life clearly? Are you able to see what others cannot see in a situation?
Swimsuit: A swimsuit, or the lack of one, could mean that you are worried about your appearance or may be wanting to cover up some part of yourself. Pay attention to the colors of the suit, as there are many meanings of different colors in dreams.
Bath towel : After you get out of the pool, are you looking for a towel? A towel in a dream can suggest that you are looking to find some comfort in your life, or that you need to change your current emotional state.
The feelings you may have encountered during a swimming dream Bi
Having fun Enjoying. Surprised. Glad. Amazed. Happy. Cheerful.
In your dream you can have
- It moved through the sliding water.
- Float in water or other liquid.
- Execute a particular stroke when swimming.
- You are swimming.
- He is drowning while swimming.
- Swim in the ocean.
- Swimming in flowing water, such as a river.
- Swim in clear water.
- Swimming in a sea with big waves.
- Swimming in cloudy and choppy waters.
- Swim in a pool.
- Learn to swim.
- See other people swimming