For Non-Swimmers

Back at home

September 2, 2019

We received some feedback this week from a lovely pupil who came to Croft Farm last year. I'm sharing it because it made me think about what happen...

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If I win the lottery…

August 30, 2019

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...

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Fight or Flight, or Float

July 24, 2019

The startle pattern, also known as the Moro/ baby panic/ parachute/ fear reflex, affects all swimmers, non- swimmers and swimming teachers to some ...

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Changing the Objective?

June 7, 2019

Is the objective, when working with fearful non-swimmers, to get them independent in the water by the end of their course of 8 lessons? Cher...

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Look At Me

April 4, 2019

“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 ...

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Non-swimmers: Know Your Needs

April 12, 2018

Advice for anyone not enjoying the water... “Can we have another go at this breaststroke breathing?' asked David, red faced and out of puff, d...

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Surface Tension?

October 11, 2017

Learning to get your face out to breathe... “ It’s helpful if coming up for air isn’t learnt as part of a formal stroke, because there's too muc...

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Just Floating An Idea

July 8, 2017

“ 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 w...

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Which End of the Pool Were You in at School?

May 20, 2017

“ 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 d...

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All You Need Is Love

December 15, 2016

Putting love of the water into practice... Swimmers often talk about their love of water. But one way or another we fight the thing we love. ...

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