Learning to Swim

Letting Go Of ‘Sinky Legs’

March 4, 2016

Sinking Legs Aren’t A Problem, Holding On To Them Is. Everybody likes to float.  Some people,  elderly ladies for example, float perfectly h...

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Don’t Pass It Up, Pass It On!

January 11, 2016

Family fun for five-year olds… All parents recognise learning to swim, alongside things like literacy, numeracy, drawing pictures and riding...

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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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Three Strokes and You’re Out

October 22, 2015

Enjoying small achievements and an afternoon nap... When we get a new skill for the first time, we may be greedy to repeat the experience. Be...

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Knowing Your S**t Or Knowing You’re S**t

September 30, 2015

How Self Aware Are You? For my birthday today, I got a mug with this on: GRAMMAR: THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN KNOWING YOUR SHIT AND KNOWIN...

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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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Being vertical, for a change

August 8, 2015

If we're not too busy getting from one end of the pool to the other, it's good to practise staying vertical and in the same place.  Since w...

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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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When Movements Muddy The Water – And Gliding Makes It Clear

July 4, 2015

Some people are too hungry to improve their strokes so they can swim lengths for fitness, or do a triathlon. Not Mary and Brendan, who came from...

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