What Is The Shaw Method?

The Shaw Method, founded in 1987 by Steven Shaw, applies the proven principles of the Alexander Technique to swimming. Thousands of people have developed their swimming skills and transformed their experience of the water through this unique and enjoyable form of instruction, which improves poise, brings greater freedom of movement, and promotes good body alignment while minimising the risk of strain or injury.

What Do You Want To Achieve?

Learn to swim
Build your skill in easy-to-learn steps, find out how to harness enjoy the buoyancy of the water, and explore movement on your front and back.

Build your confidence
We have taught literally thousands of people to change their relationship with the water via with our sympathetic, hands-on tuition. From the very first lesson our pupils are inspired by the progress they make.

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

De-stress
When you get into the pool with us, you will feel the day’s pressures being washed away. Even better, you’ll emerge calm and refreshed.

Elaine O’Shea overcame her fear of swimming with Steve Shaw

Art of Swimming Beginner's Classes

“At the end of the session, I felt like I’d had a massage – and still did the next day.” Peter Silverston, The Observer

Learn front crawl, breaststroke, butterfly or backstroke
We have redesigned the approach to learning all the major strokes with you in mind. Now they are within the reach of any every swimmer, whatever your age or starting point.

“At the end of the session, I felt like I’d had a massage – and still did the next day.” Peter Silverston, The Observer

Prepare for competition and/or open water
Our front crawl simply takes up less effort than traditional methods. You will use energy meaning that energy is used more efficiently, and your speed and stamina will improve.

Rehabilitation
We’re receiving more and more referrals from doctors and other health professionals. Shaw Method is fantastic for those who you suffer from neck, back or joint pain as it puts no strain on your skeletal system or the muscles. In the water your joints are will be eased and you will feel your spine the spine lengthened and released. And wWe’ve had pupils recovering from brain injury, cancer, heart disease, and stroke all getting in touch to tell us about how Shaw Method has helped them.

“At the end of the session, I felt like I’d had a massage – and still did the next day.” Peter Silverston, The Observer

“My son is now the best swimmer in his class and his confidence level has soared.” Alex, father of an Art of Swimming pupil

What a difference a day’s course makes! I am now regularly swimming my 50 lengths in 35 minutes or even just under. This is HUGE progress for me.” Su Kent, Art of Swimming pupil

“It’s got to be Shaw Method or none at all. You know then that you are swimming properly and not doing yourself any harm.” Celia Johnson, Art of Swimming pupil

“My son is now the best swimmer in his class and his confidence level has soared.” Alex, father of an Art of Swimming pupil

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