Many novice crawl swimmers as they are uncomfortable with breathing in during the crawl swim too many strokes and as a result are desperate to breathe in by and therefore can’t help gasping. This often leads to swallowing water or getting it up the nose.
After placing the arm in the water and extending it, release your forearm, bend your wrist and elbow gently, then apply effort.
This summer, while teaching swimming on a magical Greek Island, I had an extraordinary encounter with Monachus Monachus, the critically endangered Mediterranean monk seal. Only a few hundred survive and most people on the island had never seen one.
Teaching the Shaw Method for me is an incredibly interesting and rewarding way to earn my living. One of the things I love the most about my work is enabling people to move beyond what they ever thought possible…I often say if you teach someone to swim the front crawl they will shake you by the hand and say thank you, but if you teach someone to do a sustainable and enjoyable butterfly you have made a friend for life.
The book is based on Steven’s 35-year voyage of discovery and looks at front crawl, back stroke, breast stroke and butterfly – focusing on maximum efficiency and minimum strain