Don't focus on doing it only one way, as the answer may be as simple as looking at the situation with a different mindset. The same goal to get to the other side can be achieved. Let go of the expectation and seek the truth instead.
My husky is scared of water too! When we took him boating, he got scared and jumped out thinking he would hit land. He swam under the boat before we could catch him. Since then anytime we go on the lake he howls from the shore until we come back.