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Freedom from Form

Available to everybody including me… “ The four competitive strokes are by their nature restricting. Their purpose is to get us through the water as fast and efficiently as possible. For competitive swimmers, even the best ones, doing too much

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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 the water simply made her stroke less efficient than everyone else’s. “

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View Pirana Goggles Review

The mirrored version has been Ian’s choice over the summer… “ They weigh almost nothing, and I don’t feel them on my face. They don’t give the sensation of tunnel vision that other small goggles do. The straps are hypoallergenic,

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What’s Welsh for Puddle?

Learning to let learning happen… I’ve lived in Wales for 18 years, my dad’s Welsh and a friend recommended I put myself in the position of learner starting from scratch, like a lot of our pupils. So I’ve started learning

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Just Floating An Idea

“ The healing properties of salt water have been acknowledged for centuries. But if there’s going to be healing, in or out of the water, the less we ‘do’, the better. And I think that might be the reality which

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Going Away and Getting Somewhere

Cheryl’s home from her Strel Swimming Adventure in Montenegro… Thank you Strel Swimming Adventures for the lovely trip in Montenegro last week. This was the prize I won in the raffle at the 2017 Cold Water Swimming Championships. On Monday, before breakfast, we

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I Am Not A Swimming Instructor

Freedom from the shackles of a job title… “ Facebook requires you to say what your business page is about. Feasible categories include Swimming Instructor, Health and Wellness Website, Teacher/ Tutor and Swimwear Store. Alexander Technique isn’t on the list.

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Old Man River

Reflections on Swimming with the Alexander Technique… “ It’s as if the river doesn’t mind one solitary human quietly joining it. With a group, it quickly becomes a human environment – we take over, make a noise, change things.” I

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Zen and Now

Clinical hypnotherapist Lesley from Sussex changes her mind in water. I thought I knew what to expect when I embarked on my 8 lessons of ‘Swimming Without Stress’. I was wrong. It’s almost the exact opposite of the normal experience

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Which End of the Pool Were You in at School?

“ The lack of a meaningful plan which caused suffering for the nervous kids was liable to be a problem for the swimmers too. Some of those envied deep-enders, including the more confident, sporty ones, were just swimming on instinct.”

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