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Quality Time

Are you a recreational swimmer who needs to be more relaxed?.. “ Spending more time underwater, then more time getting air in, is easier than centering swimming around quick, frequent inhalations.” Two things that put people wrong in water are

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Non-swimmers: Know Your Needs

Advice for anyone not enjoying the water… “Can we have another go at this breaststroke breathing?’ asked David, red faced and out of puff, desperate to learn, prepared to suffer in his efforts but no more likely for that to

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A Good Start

If you’re bracing for take-off, here’s what to take on board… In water, as on land, in order to feel comfortable, be able to relax and breathe, you need to feel balanced. As humans, unable to fly, we need support

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Authentic Movement In Water

Getting into water and exploring movement, without knowing what you’re going to do next… “ Authentic Movement is a simple form of self-directed movement, usually done with eyes closed and attention directed inward, in the presence of at least one

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Can You Have Your Cake and Eat It?

‘Let go and float like an embryo/ learn to move forwards with some kind of flow’. I came up with that line whilst in the woods with the dogs after a trip to the craniosacral therapist. As I lay on

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Diary of a Man Learning to Swim

Michael from Gloucestershire came for our residential course as a non-swimmer with fear of water. After each of his 8 x 45 minute lessons with Cheryl and Ian, Michael took notes to help him process his new experiences…

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Getting a View on Front Crawl Sighting

‘It ain’t what you do, it’s the way that you do it’ isn’t always true!.. “ Sighting in front crawl inevitably involves pulling your head back against your spine, hunching your shoulders and shortening your lower back. Being an established

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Searching for Still Water

Does too much head movement negate the benefits of swimming for people with sensitive vestibular systems?.. “ The vestibular system is the sensory system that provides the leading contribution to the sense of balance and spatial orientation for the purpose

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Mindfulness: Word of the Moment

Mental health benefits or meaningless buzzword? “ Aerobic exercise releases endorphins, which makes you feel happy, and gets you out and about talking to other people. These things are probably useful for mental health. But what about mindfulness? What do

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