Hollie Hazon-Dodd qualified as a Shaw Method teacher in 2012, and has since qualified in Physiotherapy, attended the Aquatic Therapy Foundation training with the Aquatic Therapy Association of Chartered Physiotherapists (ATACP), and Pilates Teacher Training with the Australian Institute of Pilates and Physiotherapy (APPI). After having worked for a top London swim school, Hollie started Tao Swimming school, providing Shaw Method lessons for children and adults in Southampton. Hollie has extensive experience teaching a diverse client base including students with long-term disabilities, injury rehabiliation, anxiety and phobias, and sensory and autistic spectrum disorders. She also currently provides hydrotherapy for patients with long-term neurological conditions that severely affect quality of life for Pinder Trust and teaches physio-led Pilates from her private home-studio in Southampton and online.

Hollie started her quest into pain management following a diagnosis of Hypermobile Ehlers Danlos (hEDS) in 2008, after experiencing 7 years of chronic joint pain and fatigue. Learning Shaw Method swimming was a turning point in her rehabiliation, and remains a keystone in the long-term management of her condition to this day. Hollie believes that movement is the best way to promote health and wellbeing for every individual and has a deep empathy for people managing pain, the limitations it places on them and takes joy in helping people discover how movement can nurture their body and minds.

“The water is a very special place to spend time for us all. The therapeutic qualities of water have a profound impact on our bodies and our minds, creating a nurturing, calming and energising environment. Shaw Method swimming appreciates and refines this, creating a union with the water which reminds us of the joy in movement and in our bodies” – Hollie Hazon-Dodd, 2020

I am proud to have taught many students from diverse backgrounds the art of swimming, developed their love of water and have been honoured to share in their joy at their personal achievements. 


  • APPI – Matwork Rehab Teacher Training Certification (plus working towards Reformer certification)
  • CRB check – latest at 2019
  • BSc Hons – Physiotherapy (University of Southampton)
  • Attendance at ATACP Foundation Hydrotherapy Levels 1 & 2
  • Shaw Method – Swimming Teacher Diploma
  • Birthlight – Baby Swimming Level 2
  • STA certificates – Safeguarding, Pool Emergency Procedure, Swimming Teaching, Level 2 Baby and Pre-School
  • BA Hons – History and Politics (University of Warwick)

Rates (minimum 3 hrs, max 5 hrs with 0.5 hr break in the middle)

  • One-to-one swimming teaching: £37ph (Example cost of lesson at Tao Swimming £50-60ph. Gross profit per hour: £18)
  • Small group/course/workshop: £60ph (Example cost of course at Tao Swimming £140pp for 6 x 45min. Gross profit per hour: £126 (with 6 students))
  • One-to-one hydrotherapy (as Physiotherapist): £65ph (Typical cost of hydrotherapy session £55 for 30 min. Gross profit per hour £45. Note additional requirements of poolside assistant, PPE, administrative burden, professional registration, CPD etc
  • Physio-led Pilates lessons one-to-one (at location): £40ph (Example cost of lesson at Tao Pilates £50-60 ph. Gross profit per hour £20). Also option to provide online lessons via Tao Pilates. 
  • Administration/web copy writing/social media management: £20ph (working from home)
  • Suggestions for other pool/studio uses which could be considered: Physio-led aquatic exercise classes (possibly condition specific). Group Pilates classes. Parent & baby lessons. Facilitated group practise sessions. Combined swim-specific Pilates and swimming workshops/courses. I would also be interested in developing options for retreats, both UK and abroad.







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