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learn to swim with the alexander technique

Let go and enjoy the support of water instead of struggling against it, on our intensive (but sensitive) one to one course in beautiful West Wales.


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If you tick any of these, Swimming Without Stress is for you…
I’m terrified of water.
I can’t put my face in the water.
I can’t get my feet off the ground.
I feel like I’m going to sink.
I’m exhausted after a length.
My neck aches after swimming.
I can swim but don’t enjoy it.
I want swimming to be more relaxed.
I had a bad experience as a child.
I swam as a child but can’t remember how.
I feel worse when I get out of the water than when I got in!
Being in water makes me anxious.
Through hands on guidance using the Alexander Technique Ian and Cheryl will teach you to be happy underwater, to trust the water to support you and to get your feet back on the ground without panicking. Floating freely and gliding with a relaxed neck are cornerstones of swimming without stress. Freedom of movement follows.

from the blog
"What a great post, full of understanding. My previous attempts at learning to swim have been with instructors at the side of the pool, yelling instructions above the acoustic echo and carrying a pole for strugglers to attempt to cling to. No attempt to deal with non-swimmers' anxiety and even phobias. So thank you." Max, Hersham
"These blogs are wonderful meditations on the small essentials of starting a relationship with the water. Each one has stayed with me as I work with clients and informs (I believe improves) my teaching. Thank you." Beth, Brecon

A Natural Breath – What are the chances?

It is possible to let air out freely into the water then allow it to come in without tightening the neck and gasping, but it requires a lot of preventive thinking and, if we’re too focused on our goals, our chances are going to be slim.

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Look At Me

An image of a swimming teacher powering along, slick forearm hanging loosely off nice high elbow, or taking an easy breaststroke breath with bottom lip resting on surface, palms up underwater, kind of suggests, ‘Look at me. I can teach you to swim like me.’ And this might be misleading.

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Where Did It All Go Wrong?

We can’t be free until we stop pulling our head into our body. This means allowing separation of the head from the neck. This is what the Alexander Technique direction ‘neck free’ is about.

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about us

Our aim is to help you improve your relationship with the water by changing the way you coordinate yourself. We’ll work with you in the water, going back to basics, helping you to release unnecessary tension, guiding you through new movements and teaching you to swim without stress.


About Ian Cross

"Ian coaxes and gently encourages, helping the non-swimmer and swimmer to feel more at home in water."
Pete Chapman, The Independent

About Cheryl Cross

“Since my course with Cheryl, swimming has become part of my life in a way that I never imagined, a real pleasure, a complete conversion." Ann, North Wales

where we teach
  • Your stay

    We have exclusive use of the pool at Croft Farm for your lessons, which makes a big difference to your learning experience – privacy, peace and quiet

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  • Where we teach

    You’re a long way from the usual distractions, with time and space for new experiences.

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  • Between Lessons

    There’s nothing to do.

    That’s the beauty of leaving the stimuli of home life behind. A quiet head and relaxed atmosphere make for a perfect learning environment...

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swimmer experiences
  • Diary of a Man Learning to Swim
    2018-01-16 / written by Ian Cross

  • A Sea Swimmer in June
    2017-10-18 / written by Ian Cross

  • Not So Slow Sophie
    2017-08-17 / written by Cheryl Cross

  • Zen and Now
    2017-06-16 / written by Ian Cross

  • Dive In! A holiday to turn your child into a water baby, Hattie Garlick, Travel Writer, Daily Telegraph, July 16th, 2016
    2016-07-18 / written by Ian Cross

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swimmer experiences

A Sea Swimmer in June

June discovers a new approach to front crawl and takes it into open water. “ When I arrived I could already happily put my face

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Not So Slow Sophie

Cheryl makes friends with a head-up breaststroker on holiday and shares her top tips… “ Despite her lovely stroke and confidence, keeping her head above

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