Case Studies

Watching Where You’re Going With Your Crawl?

April 23, 2016

Thoughts on Front Crawl Head Position “ When you look forward in crawl, your neck shortens and your head goes back. So it seems impossible to sw...

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Floating Foundations

December 10, 2015

Learning to swim is all in the basics. The less you do in water, the easier it is to change your reaction to it, especially at the learning st...

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He Ain’t Heavy

December 9, 2015

How to make a sinker lighter... "Don't relax on me,” a senior Alexander Technique teacher used to tell me. My idea of relaxing made me stif...

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Two Weeks To Thailand

September 15, 2015

John Learns To Swim Just In Time... 26 year old civil servant John badly wanted to swim before a big holiday to Thailand. Here's his account...

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Play Comes First, But What Next?

July 18, 2015

On Teaching Children... I don't work with many children these days. But it's good to keep your hand in. This week I gave five short lessons to O...

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Keeping Your Head Above Water

June 20, 2015

Swimming with your face out is not much use if it's the only thing you can do. But you need to be able to do it! Gill's been learning to swim...

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Floating Is A Feeling – When You Think About It

April 28, 2015

About 15 years ago I was giving lessons to Christopher, aged ten. Ten's a bit late for a child to learn to swim and it took him a while. For severa...

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Holiday Breaststroke – Getting away from getting it right

April 18, 2015

This week I've been working with Kerry and Roger. They hope to enjoy swimming breaststroke in long, deep pools on holiday in Cyprus next month. The...

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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 reve...

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