How we teach...
One in five adults in the UK can't swim. Many don't swim well or enjoy swimming. Even competent swimmers often swim with unnecessary tension and can suffer from neck or back pain after swimming.
Traditional swimming lessons (teacher shouting instructions from the poolside, measuring success by speed or distance) have failed for many people.
Our approach is different:
We believe it is essential that everyone feels comfortable and safe in the water, both physically and emotionally. We want you to enjoy exploring the water so that you can understand how your body relates to it and learn to swim with ease.
Our lessons are one to one. We are in the water with you. We use our hands to guide you where needed and demonstrate movements for you.
We encourage you to express how you are feeling and talk about what you need.
We teach without dependency on buoyancy aids (floats, woggles etc), gving you hands on support to help you become independent and learn to feel your own natural buoyancy.
We begin with basic skills - breathing, floating, gliding, sculling and kicking; we encourage you to explore and trust the water before we expect you to master strokes.
Our focus is on encouraging you to slow down and think, helping you to become aware of how you use your body as you swim.
We help you to release unnecessary tension, preventing strain or injury, so that you learn to use, rather than fight against the water as you swim.
Whichever stroke you choose to learn, we guide you through a series of individual practices that allow you to focus on the specifics of each movement. We then help you put these movements together to produce an easy and effective swimming stroke.
We use video analysis to show you exactly what you are doing in the water.
Our practices are based on the principles of the Alexander Technique and the Shaw Method of Swimming.