Swimming with a Hangover

December 21, 2014

Drunken dreams of swimming and the water as a cure... 'Beer-drinking's not to be underestimated', an old friend of mine said. And sometim...

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360 Front Crawl

December 14, 2014

Benefits of Breathing on Your BackBefore children learn front crawl breathing, it's a good idea to get them rolling all the way on to the back. It'...

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Try Nose Breathing – to slow down and stop gasping

December 10, 2014

Conventional swimming instruction will always advise you to inhale through your mouth. I went on holiday with my brother about 15 years ago and he ...

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Camp Training

December 5, 2014

Ian reports from Lanzarote... I've just got back from another trip to the Hotel Costa Calero in Lanzarote. It's good to get away. I go the...

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Feet Notes

November 19, 2014

  10 Tips for Front Crawl Kick... In Eleanor Simmonds' 400 metre gold medal freestyle race in 2012, the US silver medallist had a ...

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‘Can You Guarantee I’ll Swim?’and Daft Questions about Deep Water

October 31, 2014

We often get asked about guarantees. Earlier this year someone emailed to say he would be coming from the Middle East, could afford only three...

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Sink or Swim?…Try letting yourself sink!

October 24, 2014

We had three ladies on our residential course this week. All of them were capable of letting go, enjoying the support of the water, finding balance...

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Fish Out of Water

October 20, 2014

Give yourself a break and have a breather... I always fancied a single speed bike. The simplicity of no gears appeals. The trouble with a si...

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Don’t Just Do It!

October 8, 2014

Avoid the swimming by numbers trap In Total Swimming Harvey Wiener writes about visualising a big number on the bottom of the pool corresponding...

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Coming up for air

October 7, 2014

  Jacquie had been meaning to learn to swim properly for years but her work hadn't allowed her the time. Learning to breathe was a revelati...

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Oops!..I Did it Again

September 14, 2014

Wouldn't it be nice never to have a bad swim? Swimming with the Alexander Technique is more about an approach to being in water, an attitude to ...

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Tame Swimming – on an August afternoon

August 7, 2014

I tend to avoid the term 'wild swimming' which we hear and read about so much these days. I don't want to get in touch with my wild side when I sli...

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“Kick! Kick! Kick!”

July 7, 2014

Parents:  Stop Using the K- Word... We have the pool to ourselves for our residential swimming courses. But, if we’re teaching at busie...

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Keeping It Simple: A Different Approach To Changing Strokes

May 22, 2014

If you want to improve your stroke, there's so much information out there on technique, where do you start? As a teacher, there are lots of things ...

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Black Men Can’t Swim?

May 16, 2014

Why can so few black people swim compared to the UK population as a whole? In this programme on BBC Radio 4, October 2nd 2009, Matt Blaize explo...

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