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...


20 hours ago
Steven Shaw at the helm - various courses with the master!

~ Steven Shaw himself will be leading all courses until April 8th! ~

We're taking bookings right now for courses with Steven, including one day Front Crawl and Learn To Swim and also half-day ... See more

~ Steven Shaw is at the help until April 8th! We're taking bookings right now for courses with Steven, including one day Front Crawl and Learn To Swim, half-day workshops on the basics of butterfly ... See more

5 days ago
Art of Swimming / Shaw Method

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Liz is a Shaw Method teacher who also integrates tai chi into her work! You can contact her on

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~ Liz Robin teaches the Shaw Method and integrates tai chi techniques...

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