If I win the lottery…
The autumn sunlight streams in through the pool windows at Croft Farm and bounces off the clear, shallow water. An adult who's spent a lifetime wit...Read more
Ameo Powerbreather – Unique Twin Tube Fresh Air Training Snorkel Review
I've been enjoying swimming with the Ameo Powerbreather. I've tried 'training snorkels' previously but never one like this. Fresh air comes in thro...Read more
Fight or Flight, or Float
The startle pattern, also known as the Moro/ baby panic/ parachute/ fear reflex, affects all swimmers, non- swimmers and swimming teachers to some ...Read more
Swimming with the Alexander Technique – or the other way round?
The Alexander Technique is straightforward but for any success with it you have to give yourself time and space, to make things easier for yourself...Read more
How to Swim Head Up Breaststroke
Swimming breaststroke with the face out of the water gets a bad press. There are good reasons for this. But if you're aware of what you're doing, t...Read more
A Natural Breath – What are the chances?
‘How the hell should I know how to breathe?’ an Alexander Technique teacher trainer asked, making the point that we can't control this natural proc...Read more
Look At Me
“There was a video on his website of his own effortless crawl, but I knew I'd never be able to swim like that," Gill told me, about another of her ...Read more
Where Did It All Go Wrong?
A definite goal in the Alexander Technique, achieved by means of non-doing or ‘inhibition and direction’, is letting our head go forward and up. On...Read more
Welcome to the Comfort Zone
Can't Hurt me, by David Goggins is a motivational read from someone who picked himself up after getting a bad start and worked, almost as a matter ...Read more
Only More Freedom
Ditching training plans and lesson plans and planning something else Learning to let yourself be supported by water is profoundly beneficial. It...Read more
Observations and Experiences at the Piscine Molitor
We went to the Molitor Hotel for a couple of nights this week. For anyone who likes swimming pools, it's really worth the trip. Apart from the two ...Read more
The Croft Farm pool is getting new windows and we're off to Paris for a couple of nights at the Molitor Hotel with its famous art deco pool. I'm lo...Read more
Learning to Swim Like a Robot
After Christmas I shared a post from a few years ago, Swimming with a Hangover, where I wrote at the end: “It’s more than just exercise. It ...Read more
Want to Swim Like Shinji?
For most people it’s unusual not to create disintegration in the back or gasp for breath when 1, learning strokes or swimming for fitness and 2, in...Read more
Flip Side of Front Crawl for Fitness
“I need front crawl for aerobic fitness,” said Joe today. He doesn’t believe his beautifully coordinated breaststroke gives him enough of a workout...Read more