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Aquaphobia (from aqua, Latin for water) is the fear of water.

This phobia is often triggered by negative experiences with water, like getting splashed, accidentally falling into water, or getting scalded by boiling water. People with aquaphobia may avoid swimming, boating, and other water-based activities. Severe aquaphobes may avoid getting anywhere near a source of. The phobia is sometimes triggered by bathing or showering, causing some aquaphobes to take very short showers or baths, only shower or bathe in water of a specific temperature, or avoid baths and showers altogether. Some aquaphobes may even fear water from a sink or in a cup.

Aquaphobia is especially common in Iceland, affecting about 1 out of every 55 people there.

Examples of this phobia[]


  • Natalie Wood
  • Bill Bob Thornton: Originally being cast in the movie Saving Private Ryan, Thornton turned down the role as he would have had to act in the Omaha Beach opening scene, surrounded by water.

Fictional Characters[]

  • Jason Voorhees, as a result of him drowning as a child.
  • Hansel from Sml, as a result of his grandfather's death in the titanic.


  • People who are suffering from rabies exhibit an intense fear of water, often to the point that they are unable to even drink. This is called Hydrophobia .

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