Art of Swimming

Transform Your Relationship With The Water

the Art of Swimming

Learn to swim in a way that keeps your spine and body in perfect alignment. Glide gracefully through the water, improve your health and master one of the most profound life skills.We offer courses, workshops & residential breaks

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Teaching and the lessons it has taught me ~ Steven Shaw

If at the age of 17 when I was already feeling burnt out from the hard slog of competitive swimming, you’d said to me that one-day teaching people how to swim would be at the heart of my life I would have never believed you. But life has a way of taking unexpected turns and here I am over 30 years later, having developed the Shaw Method and spending most of my time in the water – either working with others or refining my stroke, and gaining immense joy and satisfaction from both.

How the Shaw Method met Buddhism

We're loving this article about 65-year-old Judith Hansell who, after a 20-year journey, was finally able to conquer her fear when she found the Shaw Method and then added a little bit of Buddhist wisdom... "...It was only in my forties that I thought,...

Liz Robin ~ Shaw Method & Tai Chi Teacher

As a tai chi teacher, I found Steven’s methodology completely intuitive – the walking practices and the calmness were very familiar but the way this translated into swimming was an absolute revelation to me. The idea that one could find that meditative calmness and enjoyment of the water, particularly if swimming long distances, was so inspiring – which was why I went on to train with Steven as a Shaw Method teacher.

How Terry Laughlin Influenced Me

I first became aware of Terry Laughlin’s work in 1995 when I was researching for my book the Art of Swimming.  I was really impressed by the clarity of his writing and simplicity of his descriptions and I felt he was a kindred spirit.

Unknown Benefits of Swimming

It is widely known that swimming is great for your  physical health by providing a low-impact cardio workout. Yet there are many other significant health benefits which have remained relatively unknown and unpublicised … until now. Research into these hidden  health...

Art of Swimming – the book

~ Art of Swimming - the book ~ The book is based on Steven's 35-year voyage of discovery and looks at front crawl, back stroke, breast stroke and butterfly - focusing on maximum efficiency and minimum strain. Take a...

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Feel the day’s pressures being washed away and emerge calm and refreshed.

Shaw Method lessons with Art of Swimming can help you whatever your goals.

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