Dreams of diving, floating and swimming usually hint at your current emotional state or the need to tap into the resources of your unconscious mind.
If you are diving into water in your dream, this represents trying to find parts of yourself that have been repressed.
Dreams in which you are floating in warm water safely and calmly are amongst the most comforting and secure you can have. They may reflect a longing to be able to coast effortlessly through life, letting worries wash over you. But if you felt uneasy, such dreams may be mirroring your concern that you lack direction and power in waking life, and are just treading water as opportunities fly past you.
If you have a dream in which you are swimming calmly and happily through calm waters, this suggests a positive attitude to your waking life, as things are going well, or ‘swimmingly’, for you, and you feel in your element, be it at school, work or home. If, however, you dream that you are struggling against a current, it suggests inner conflict and the force of opinion against you in the waking world. In your dream, did you swim with the tide or continue with your struggle? If you found yourself out of your depth when you went swimming, this may mirror a sense of being out of your emotional depth. Drowning suggests that your emotions are overwhelming and engulfing you.
If a lifeboat appears, you believe your unconscious can throw you an emotional lifeline.
Where water is contained in a space, such as a bath or swimming pool, it signifies controlled emotion and restraint. A dream shower or bath in which you wash yourself may refer to a need to cleanse your emotions of negative influences, whilst a Jacuzzi may have sexual connotations. Being in a swimming pool may remind you of the importance of relaxation. A surreal underwater scene, in which you meet and interact with family and friends, may suggest that you have been too busy to take the time to connect emotionally with loved ones. It might be wise to slow down and devote more quality time to them in the real world.... The Element Encyclopedia
From a spiritual perspective floating in dreams is often a precursor to out of body experiences. In lucid dreaming we can learn to control flight, and to astral travel (deliberately change consciousness).... Dream Meanings of Versatile
Psychological / emotional perspective: Because we are not taking charge of our own direction, we are being indecisive and perhaps need to think more carefully about our actions and involvements with other people.... Dream Meanings of Versatile
Material aspects: Floating in a dream was considered by freud to be connected with sexuality, but is probably much more to do with the inherent need for freedom. Generally we are opening to power beyond our conscious self, when we are carried along apparently without our consent. We are in a state of extreme relaxation and are simply allowing events to carry us along.... Dream Meanings of Versatile
Floating in water can be symbolic of floating on top of your emotions and being in harmony with the unconscious. Floating through the air has the same symbolism as flying. Floating usually represents your current feelings of peacefulness and general freedom. On a more negative note, floating could also be symbolic of your aloofness, lack of connection or a need to become more grounded. In order to interpret any dream appropriately some self evaluation and honesty is required. Meaning of dreams is very personal and specific for each dreamer.... The Bedside Dream Dictionary
Floating in water can be symbolic of floating on top of your emotions and in harmony with the unconscious. Floating through the air has the same symbolism as flying. Floating usually represents your current feelings of peacefulness and general freedom.... Tryskelion Dream Interpretation
1- Floating in a dream was considered by Freud to be connected with sexuality, but it is probable that it is much more to do with the inherent need for freedom. Generally we are opening lo power beyond our conscious self; when we arc carried along apparently beyond our own volition. We are in a state of extreme relaxation and arc simply allowing events to carry us along.
2- Because we are not taking charge of our own direction, we are being indecisive and perhaps need to think more carefully about our actions and involvements with other people.
3- Out of Body Experiences.... Ten Thousand Dream Dictionary
A marvelous sym- bol of success, prosperity, and all that you desire if you had no trouble staying afloat, and even if there was some difficulty, it only delays the success slightly by reason of obstacles which you can easily over- come. To use a rubber or plastic float is a sign of reconciliation.... The Complete Guide to Interpreting Your Dreams
(1) Floating may be a symbol of liberation; the letting go of burdens, problems, restrictions, or ambitions; just being.
(2) Water may be a symbol of the feminine in its positive aspect, in which case your floating will mean relying on / being supported by ‘woman’, which in turn may mean an actual woman or women (if you are a man); mother; or the feminine side of your own psyche. (The male psyche has a feminine dimension (anima), just as the female psyche has a masculine dimension (animus). See Brother / Sister, section (4)) The dream is probably recommending that you put more trust in (your own) femininity.
(3) The feminine represented by the water may be Mother Nature; and the floating will then signify identifying with or going along with Nature, or your true inner self, as distinct from being pushed about in the man-made world of economic and moral and emotional pressures.... A Dictionary of Dream Symbols
In order to float you have to relax and accept the water’s support. In psychological terms, this dream means you have accepted your feminine side and are being led by it. Floating implies acceptance; It is time to stop worrying about problems, concerns, and restrictions and to enjoy your true self.
This dream bodes well. But if you struggle to stay afloat success will be delayed.... The Big Dictionary of Dreams
Dreams in which one simply floats can indicate freedom, as reflected in the expression “free-floating.” Floating through the air can have the same meaning as flying. Large bodies of water are frequently symbols of the unconscious, so floating in calm waters indicates being at peace with the unconscious.
A curious aside—pregnant women often have floating dreams.... Dream Symbols in The Dream Encyclopedia