Dream Symbols & Their Meanings: Underwater

Underwater dreams are a very common occurrence. Maybe you have a dream that you’re swimming underwater with no plans to come up to the surface; maybe you’re on your way home and suddenly you notice that your house is submerged; maybe a possession of yours slips out of your fingers and deep into the sea. What does this all mean? Read on to find out.

In dreams, water is oftentimes symbolic of emotion. If you dream that you are underwater and have the ability to breathe, this often symbolizes a retreat back into the womb. Is something causing you to feel helpless in your waking life? Being underwater might hint that you’re overwhelmed with emotion and wishing you could go back to a time where you were a dependent soul, free of any responsibilities or the burdens of your own mind. If this is the case for you, try to pinpoint the emotion that is overwhelming you, and who or what is causing it. By identifying the root of the problem, you will already be on your way out of the water and back to the surface.


If you see an object underwater in your dream, this could be representative of a suppressed feeling. Think about what the object means to you, and what memory it may possibly trigger. Maybe there’s a sinking book, which reminds you of going to the library with one of your parents when you were younger. Can you remember something that happened at the library that gives you a strong feeling? When you figure out what that object represents, think deeply about that memory. Re-experience the event and allow yourself to feel what you need to feel. This will help you to free yourself from this suppressed emotion.

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  1. Under water dreams are the common dreams but the every person have its own perspective which seems to beautiful for him or bad for him. we should try to check the dream dictionaries for the meaning and the lesson about our dream. Thanks.

  2. I had a dream last night of being in a pool, it was clear but salty. I am being pulled under and held there and no matter how much I struggle I can’t break the grasp of what is holding me. This is the first dream I have had like this, in that most I am flying either as a Voyuer or in total lucid control. So what is going on? Fear of acceptance and/or blame of or for a unsettled experience? Some strange form of survivors guilt? All insights of all walks are welcome, as are other theories.

  3. I had a dream that I was swimming in the ocean and I felt a calling to a cave near the North Pole. I felt the need to search for someone and they were in the caves, I had to swim deeper and deeper before finally finding an entrance deep under the oceans serface. As I reached the oceans floor I found a cave entrance that lead to a room where people like me were welcome. I had noticed that my skin was course and my hair had fallen out. I felt welcome and at home. No judgement and no regrets from the life I had to leave. I could breath and felt warm even though my surroundings were meant to be cold. My only fear was the lack of light. But I was head strong and determined to be apart of this peaceful new life.

  4. I had a dream a pastor was baptizing me in a very deep pool of water, he picked me up held me in his arms then jumped in, i was holding my breath and scared we were going to deep and I wouldn’t be able to hold my breath that long so I started to panic, then he said to me breath you can breath. I was breathing under water. So I’m looking the meaning up to this dream and it says it means I went back into the womb where I’m reborn, like starting fresh. What an amazing dream. I know this had something to do with my grandma she’s helping me move forward and start new. Rip abuela

  5. I’ve always have been dreaming about being underwater. For the past few years. And it does make sense that it’s strong emotions that makes me feel overwhelmed, helpless. But I don’t see any objects in my dream, I’m just alone underwater breathing normal.

  6. Can someone help me understand a dream i had!?! Last night i had a dream where i was swimming in a lake,and that i found a tunnel underwater and went thru it,i was able to breathe underwater but when i submerged on the other side i was in some sort of other world or universe,where there was stores and places similar to the real life but with other names related to the real ones,the coloring of the whole place seemed bright and even money was different,i then jumped back in the lake and swimmed thru the tunel back here and woke up,what does that mean!?!? If it has any meaning. Please help!

  7. Can anyone help me..

    I had a dream that I was walking and being followed by something that had a bad vibe. Then I walked to a swimming pool and sat on my knees and looked into the pool. I could see my reflection – however had a feeling that whatever was following me was in the pool. I looked at my reflection and asked ” show me who you are” then I saw a glimpse of a different random face that I did not recognise and it made my heart skip a beat. Whatever it was pulled me into the pool by my head and then I woke up suddenly feeling very negative vibes. Still feel now. Can anyone explain what it could mean?

  8. Had a dream last night, I was underwater. Everything was blue and clear. I could breathe too. It was so serene, I felt at peace. I wanted to stay longer, but I woke up. What does it mean?

  9. Had just woken to one of my worst fears/ phobia in life. A human figure, much stronger than me had a material bag over my head…tied with string.

    I was then violently shoved in to an old office chair and push over to a basin filled with water. My hand and feet were tied to the chair. He then repeatedly shoved me face first in ice cold water and then he turned the chair around and pushed my head backwards in the water while lifting me out the chair.

  10. I had a dream about myself being in the pool and thinking it’s okay I can breath and then carrying on and enjoying not having to get out of the water as I felt free and I opened my mouth and allowed the water to go into my mouth and then I pushed the water back out with my mouth in a kissing shape and I laughed and really had fun…..I had no fears?

  11. I had a dream, I was relaxed and having fun, I think there was some people with me and were going swimming in a really cloudy dark creek, I remember feeling scared of diving too deep, but when I dived in I went fairly deep but couldn’t get back up and I started panicking then all the sudden I realised I need to go to sleep and I went to sleep, then I woke up some time later and got out of the water. It’s weird. But

  12. I have an Dream of water on the bottom of the ocean floor amongst all the fish and creatures of the sea. I can breathe underwater and there is no fear but only excitement and wonder.The colors are vibrant and it seems so real an amazing. I have this same dream every few years or so. I look forward to when I will have this dream again because it is a fantasy come true.

  13. I have a Dream that I am walking on the bottom of the ocean floor on soft sand amongst all the fish and creatures of the sea.
    I can breathe underwater and there is no fear but only excitement and wonder. The colors are so vibrant and it seems so real and amazing. I have this same dream every few years or so. I look forward to when I will have this dream again because it is a fantasy come true.

  14. I had a dream when I was a kid, I remember it fairly vividly. I was underwater in a sort of cavern, there was a small wooden hut, a lantern on a table by the window, lit by fire, the inside of the hut seemed to be untouched by water despite the cracks in the wood and door. But what I couldn’t understand was the person, seeming to be wearing a prison outfit, weighted down in the center of the cavern, his hands tied. He looked like he was only a kid, short brown hair, untouched by age, pale white from the chill of the ocean water. A light shined down from the hole in the top of the cavern, illuminating the whole setting. What could that boy and that hut mean?

  15. I had a dream I was at this hotel with family and out of nowhere I was in the hotel pool. (By the way I Can’t swim just like in my dream) but this hot blonde (guy)was sweet and comforting. So I get in the pool and it seems like the further out it turns into the ocean. The hot guy and his friends telling me to come out but I keep telling them I can’t swim. There is other stuff but I can’t remember. I just wanted to know if anyone had a dream about getting into a pool and the further out it turns into the ocean

  16. I have had a few dreams in which I have been underwater before and It is always usually the same. I am in a pool and I jump in by myself and begin to spin. As I spin I breathe in deeply and let air fill my lungs and I am filled with happiness because I am breathing under water. After spinning for a bit I swim to the surface where my dream usually ends.

  17. I had a dream last night i was at the beach with my friends and when we got in to the water something took us deep into the ocean
    And there was tons of crabs and we started to breathe under water it was amazing there was a sunken ship too it was like a restaurant
    There was people we didn’t know in there too but they where all kind and sweet I don’t know what this dream means but it was all good

  18. I had a dream last night i was at the beach with my friends and when we got in to the water something took us deep into the ocean
    And there was tons of crabs and we started to breathe under water it was amazing there was a sunken ship too it was like a restaurant
    There was people we didn’t know in there too but they where all kind and sweet I don’t know what this dream means but it was all good

  19. I had a dream where my mom and I were in a boat with my dog and we were boating out to the middle of the water where we found three bootees that were attached to a string and the string had a little button on it when you pressed the button three diving suits came out of the water two for people and one for a dog without thinking we took off our jackets and boots and put them on. Once we put them on we press the button again and it takes us down this line all the way to the bottom of the ocean into this house that at first looked futuristic. It had a bubble around it and we went through the bubble into the house. Where I saw some people that I knew and some that I didn’t. From there the dream got weird… if we fell asleep, under water in the house under the bubble it took us back in time to the early 1920s. There were houses, restaurants, jazz clubs with lots of people there. I didn’t know what my purpose was there except to explore, talk to people, listen to music, maybe, learn. When I woke up in the dream I was back underwater in the bubble. But I felt like I had to go back like I was meant to be there. I tried falling asleep in the house again to get back to the 1920s but people kept walking in on me and I couldn’t get there that’s when I actually woke up out of the dream. I always have very vivid extremely random dreams but I’ve never had one quite like this.

  20. Yeah Today is January 4th 2017 and she realized she got everything she wanted so bad. “Receive something that I wanted so bad.”
    “Ok but doing that does it sound like she is…? (wondering, regarded,[regard it], thankful,{Easy eyes say something that may hold the plate}: “planned”)

    I was very upset at him and her and its because he takes any energy I put forth and denies me anything and everything and gives and demands to be recognized at most generous. I have to live without everything I need and her quote on viral TV was:” 7th Milano’s class she met Nessi… Quotes and real live active scenes…Beauty is Special.”

    I’m so tired of living. I’m tired of everyone I don’t want involved being involved. Then I can’t take my own life because of hardships. I’m done with wanting them to be loved. Take 2007 and have no consideration for me to be anything you’ve said then or now. I watched my mother cry in front of the computer, she would tear and tear and drain tears and have eye glasses and tears and not said…I was hated on when I came home to tell her I was rejected from Fisher College and accepted to Bay State College on the Commonwealth Boston. Everything that happens to me they give replenishments to anyone and everyone of sympathetic clauses I am the example of discernment and depreciation and discriminations. They do not reward me for my pains and serenity and everyone else is rewarded for their hardships. I am the little grain of salt in their eyes because that’s what they contracted in the views that were in they’re shit.
    My shit has tasted the points.

  21. If I was Happy then Why did you want to kill me… or every woman in my family?
    Now that i’m not you want to Torture me alive?
    When is Censorship Acceptable?!
    As an adult what is supposed to be censored?
    A difference made is Sensor.
    Have no difference due to the HIRED LIARS U SNORE OVER>.
    When is a CULPRIT OF SABOTAGE more healthy then the undefended or undivided from the abusive?!
    Have you forgiven me for what you hate me and deprive me over?!
    Have no motive to provide what you say.
    You say so.
    Where are you mine?!
    Have and secure balance that is not ever what is attainable or retrievable by me.
    That’s a “Debtor’s Collection” if you read well healthy.

  22. I had a dream that it felt as though someone was holding me down drowning me in water last night. I know that I am going through a divorce at this time, but I have not ever dreamed about drowning with someone holding me down underwater. Can you clarify this?

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