Keanu, i'v taken in the shallow end of the pool, by the stairs, and even if i'm holding him, he panics as soon as he cant touch.
"Forcing", so-to-speak, will likely only create a permanent aversion to water, especially if there's panic involved. If you are firm on seeing this through, then confidence and trust will now have to be rebuilt.
Ron E has good advice re: take your dog to a beach, or at least someplace where there is a VERY gradual slope like a brook, stream, or river etc. Allow your dog to go into the water BY HIS OWN FREEWILL. Stand ankle-deep yourself, and encourage your dog to come to you. If and when he does, PRAISE PRAISE PRAISE, then casually leave the water and call it a day. Next outing, go a little deeper. Once confidence is (re)built here, you can then try to transfer it in the same manner to the shallow end/steps at home in the pool.
If after numerous attempts on different days, your dog still won't even go ankle-deep at the beach, then accept the fact that he's strictly a "land lubber". Some dogs just aren't genetically cut out to be swimmers, and if that's the case there's no sense in pursuing it unless there's a real need or a safety issue involved.