Champneys – Front Crawl Short Break

Champneys Springs Spa Resort

2 Night 3 Day Short Break with Steven Shaw
Sunday, 19th May – Tuesday, 21st May 2024 inclusive

Location: Champneys Springs Spa Resort, Gallows Lane, Ashby-de-la-Zouche, , Leicestershire, DE12 7HD

The Shaw Method is a unique hand’s on technique incorporating the principles of The Alexander Technique. By the end of the week, your swimming will have transformed.

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.

This retreat is suitable for 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. Our aim is 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 retreat, you will be more efficient in:
– significantly reducing the amount of effort required to swim the stroke;
– establishing a strong sense of rhythm, balance and propulsion;
– using optimum rotation of the body to increase streamlining;
– recognising the appropriate amount of exertion for the leg action;
– achieving the proper timing for the arms; and
– smoothly integrating front crawl breathing into the stroke by use of ‘passive breathing.’

Schedule & Inclusions:

  • 2 nights’ accommodation/meals
  • 10:00am arrival
  • 2 x Healthy Buffet breakfasts
  • 3 x Healthy three-course light lunches
  • 2 x Three Course Dinners
  • Use of Champneys facilities
  • A fluffy robe to wear during your visit, Champneys flip flops and tote to keep
  • 4:00 pm departure

  • Welcome and Introduction to the break
  • 1 Individual Shaw Method lesson
  • 1 Individual Alexander Technique lesson
  • 5 Group pool sessions
  • 3 Group dry land sessions
  • Individualised stroke analysis
  • Closing session