Art of Swimming

Transform Your Relationship With The Water

Become buoyant, explore movement step by step and build your skill slowly.

Our approach is sympathetic and hands-on; thousands of people have transformed their technique.



Whatever your starting point, we will help you build up your stamina, speed and efficiency.


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

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

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

from the Blog

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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Art of Swimming / Shaw Method

~ Jonathan Drake will be leading the breaststroke one day workshop at Champneys Tring on 6th May

... so who is Jonathan?...
He is an experienced teacher of the Alexander Technique of nearly 40 years as well as Tai-chi teacher. Jonathan is also an author of three books on the Alexander Technique and, in case it's your thing, he has a free ebook on rowing too!

The one day course will include
2 group pool sessions
2 group dryland practice sessions
and video feedback

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~ learn to swim, it's good for you *only a few spaces left*

just a few spaces left on this weekend's short break with the master pro himself Steven David Shaw who developed the Shaw Method combining the principles of the Alexander Technique with his experience as a professional swimmer.

It's a life skill that is also good for your health!

Learn To Swim Short Break at Champneys Henlow is this weekend... there are just a couple of spaces left. info & bookings {}

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