Is it possible to have a fear of water but not if floating?

Fear of water. Yes its possible to be afraid of water while standing looking at it from dry land accept the fear from the person and work on the reasons why - did they ever have a near-drowning experience you can work on the fear by getting closer and closer each time and then step in and slowly day by day going a bit father out yelling and screaming or frustration will only increase anxiety, counterproductive.