I've been trying to find some ways to help my better half and a few of her friends relax and breath easy in the water. They just haven't been able to get it. Simply telling them to relax and slow down has had very little impact, in fact I think it's made it worse. One of them tells me she can't even blow bubbles because she's so worried that water will might get in her mouth or nose. Consequently they are all very tense, rushed and always tired after just a few strokes in the water. I'm going to try the bounce-n-breathe method with them and my kids (who don't seem to mind getting water up their noses).