Why is the Shaw Method so popular?
The Shaw Method is an inspirational approach which enables people of all ages and abilities to discover the joys of swimming. Our internationally acclaimed technique applies principles of the Alexander Technique to water, offers effective tools to develop a new, more positive relationship with water and produces health benefits which go far beyond the pool.
Steven Shaw, founder of the Method which takes his name, has re-crafted the biomechanics of the four traditional strokes in a way that promotes optimal body use, both in and out of the water. This mindful approach involves learning a clear set of core principles and incremental steps, making the learning process fun and easy to follow. Hands-on guidance is another key feature, promoting confidence and greatly accelerating the learning process.
What makes an ideal Shaw Method teacher?
In order to teach the Shaw Method, you will first learn to understand the art of swimming from personal experience, from the inside. This training is appropriate for those who are already confident in the water and are open to exploring a different way of swimming.
In addition, the following attributes are helpful:
- Good communication skills – an ability to inspire confidence and put people at ease
- Patience (with yourself and others) – a process-driven approach to life. You are someone who enjoys the journey
- Confidence with hands-on bodywork/physical touch and an appreciation of the Alexander Technique help greatly.
What does the training involve?
The Shaw Method teacher training course is centred around practical learning, with at least three hours per day in the pool. In addition, each day will include theoretical sessions in the classroom and dry land movement classes in a studio. This course is delivered in three parts spread over two or three months and is led by the originator of the Method, Steven Shaw. It is necessary to complete each section to the required standard before progressing to the next segment of the course.
Level 2 08- 11 April | Cost £1250
Group A 2019
Foundation: 1 – 2 April | Cost £500
Level 1 06 – 09 May | Cost £1250
Level 2 24 – 27 June | Cost £1250
Group B 2019
Foundation: 23 – 24 September| Cost £500
Level 1 28 – 31 October | Cost £1250
Level 2 09 – 12 December | Cost £1250
All course material and learning resources, which will be supplied digitally are included.
We require a deposit of £1,000 to secure your place, with the balance paid before the commencement of training.
Location: Frome, Somerset
Foundation Stage: Two days
Level 1: Four days
Level 2: Four days
Video analysis of trainees swimming at the end of the foundation course. At this stage, we do not expect trainees to have perfected their Shaw Method swimming; we require them to be able to demonstrate the Art of Swimming progressions and embody the key differentiators for each stroke.
A written report of three case studies must be submitted before the beginning of Level 2
Two short written tests: one at the end of Level 1 and one at the end of Level 2
At the end of Level 2, trainees will be given a practical assessment in the form of teaching a one-to-one lesson to an unknown client. In addition to these formal assessments, there will be continuous evaluation and feedback throughout the course.