This cute boy was a crying mess the first day of swim lessons. He and I made a deal. I said " you have done this two times before, you know how it to do this. Your teacher is our neighbors. She won't let you go and drowned. If you can be happy the rest of the time you can do something fun after." Surprisingly Dean said "OK I can do that". The rest of the lessons have been so much better. He is learning and having fun doing it.
I think he is still a little unsure of the deeper water.