LEARN TO SWIM

Who should attend?
Non-swimmers who have anxieties about learning to swim and anyone who feels uncomfortable putting their face in the water.

Aim
To gently build up an assured confidence in the water. The pools we teach in are shallow (generally 1.2m deep). Instead of using floats, we work with you in the water and help you to discover the natural buoyancy of your body.

By the end of the course you should be able to:

  • walk unaided freely around a shallow pool,
  • release body tension in the water,
  • manage the transition between air and water without anxiety,
  • glide with your face in the water assisted or unassisted
  • recover from gliding to standing, and
  • float on your back assisted or unassisted.

You may also be able to move on to basic:

  • front crawl leg kick,
  • front crawl arm recovery, and
  • body rotation on front/back.
  • front crawl leg kick,
  • front crawl arm recovery, and
  • rotation on front/back.
  • front crawl arm recovery, and
  • rotation on front/back.

We have had many years experience teaching those who need to overcome all types of uncertainties in the water. Your Art of Swimming teacher will always be in the water with you to help, encourage and reassure every step of the way.

FRONT CRAWL

Who should attend?
Anyone who can swim or glide with their face in the water, and wishes to learn a unique, efficient, and inspiring approach to front crawl.

Aim
To introduce a fluid and powerful full-body movement combined with smooth, integrated breathing to this most commonly swum stroke.

By the end of the course you will be able to:

  • significantly reduce the amount of effort required to swim the stroke;
  • establish a strong sense of rhythm, balance and propulsion;
  • use optimum rotation of the body to increase streamlining;
  • recognise the appropriate amount of exertion for the leg action;
  • achieve the proper timing for the arms; and
  • smoothly integrate front crawl breathing into the stroke by use of passive breathing
The most common problem faced by front crawl swimmers is dealing involves the transition between air and water i.e. taking a breath. Generally the solution can be found by first addressing other elements of the stroke, such as head/body position and body rotation. This course will address all aspects of developing an effective and sustainable front crawl.

BACKSTROKE

Who should attend?
Anyone who is comfortable being on their back in water, is happy to swim or glide with their face in the water, and would like to discover the ease and power of a well-timed and free-flowing backstroke.

Aim
To teach the potential strength and relaxation of this much neglected stroke.

By the end of the course you will be able to:

  • achieve a stable body position,
  • have an effective and powerful leg action,
  • establish efficient timing for the arm action,
  • achieve a continuous and flowing rhythm for the stroke,
  • use rotation of the body to achieve optimum streamlining, and maintain a relaxed and easy breathing rhythm.

When backstroke is swum correctly, the head should be supported by the water and the face is never submerged. Good rotational movement encourages expansion along the sides of the body and the arms and legs are strengthened without putting a strain on the spine.

BREASTSTROKE

Who should attend?
This workshop is for anyone who can swim and/or glide with their face in the water, and would like to be able swim a smooth, fluid, and sustainable breaststroke. You may be:

  • a swimmer with no experience of the stroke
  • a swimmer with some grasp of the stroke
  • a breaststroker experiencing kneck pain due to swimming with head above the water
  • a breaststroker looking to transform the efficiency of your stroke

You may also be a swimmer who is experiencing back or joint pain that does not respond well to your existing stroke. Whatever your level, this workshop is for you. The workshop will take you through all the practices for breaststroke beginning with the Shaw Method glide, then it will teach you the different phases of the stroke timing – undulation, integrating the leg, arms and in-breath seamlessly.

Aim
During the workshop you will discover how to:

  • harness the natural buoyancy of your body
  • drastically reduce the amount of effort required to swim
  • recognise the importance of the head, neck & back relationship
  • develop an efficient propulsive leg kick
  • recognise the importance of “preparing for movement”

Breaststroke is easy to swim, but harder to swim well. Shaw Method breaststroke improves the mobility of the neck, shoulders, wrists, spine, hips, knees and ankles. It strengthens and tones the quadriceps muscles at the front of the thighs and the hamstrings at the back.

BUTTERFLY

Who should attend?
Anyone comfortable with complete body submersion who can swim at least 25m any stroke. This course or workshop is appropriate for both those who wish to learn butterfly from scratch or those swimmers who have mastered the stroke but would like to improve their technique.

Aim
To learn how to fly freely! To be able to swim a graceful and sustainable butterfly even if you never thought it was possible.

By the end of the course you will be able to:

  • use the head as the driver of the stroke,
  • understand how the four-wheel drive of butterfly works,
  • achieve a slower and lighter arm recovery,
  • establish a gentle and flowing undulation,
  • develop a steady, even rhythm that allows the water to lift the body, and breathe with ease

Often considered the supreme stroke, butterfly is generally seen as the preserve of the strongest and fittest. This course will demonstrate that it is no more challenging than the other three strokes. People suffering from stiffness, tension or sciatica in the lower back have found relief from learning the Shaw Way to do butterfly.

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