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Ian Cross
About Ian Cross

Ian has over 20 years' experience teaching swimming and the Alexander Technique, one to one. He has taught hundreds of adults and children to swim. He emphasises the importance of learning to do less, simple but not always easy. He especially enjoys seeing nervous non-swimmers and improvers make friends with the water and move more easily.

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“Ian's method is to involve you in the whole process of swimming. It's as though you are both discovering the possibilities of what you can do, together. (Richard, Shropshire)"
Ian Cross

About Ian Cross

Ian has over 20 years' experience teaching swimming and the Alexander Technique, one to one. He has taught hundreds of adults and children to swim. He emphasises the importance of learning to do less, simple but not always easy. He especially enjoys seeing nervous non-swimmers and improvers make friends with the water and move more easily.


Training

Ian trained as an ASA swimming teacher in 1995 and for the Diploma in Aqua Development and Health with Steven Shaw in 1998.  He completed his 3 year full time Alexander Technique training in Oxford in 2002.

Experience

Ian was a keen swimmer and fan of the Alexander Technique when he set up Swimming Without Stress in 1996.  One to one lessons in private pools in Oxfordshire were immediately attractive to non-swimming adults and parents who wanted their children to learn to swim well. By 1998 Swimming Without Stress was Ian’s full time occupation and he’s been teaching individuals continuously since then.

From twenty years of specialist experience gained from daily, hands-on work, Ian helps you learn to enjoy the support of the water.  Ian believes that confidence in the water, for non-swimmers and improvers, is gained by doing less, not more.  The water can help us to free our neck but it can also cause us to stiffen it. Learning to swim doesn't need to be a struggle. It isn't about learning to 'do' something to get across the water, particularly if this involves holding on to a polystyrene float, it's about giving up the idea of doing anything and letting go.  

"Something of a low-key evangelist, Ian is dedicated to introducing the masses to the pleasures of recreational swimming. Using touchstones gleaned from his experience of teaching the Alexander Technique, he coaxes and gently encourages, helping the non-swimmer and swimmer to feel more at home in the water." Pete Chapman, The Independent

Communication

His training in the Alexander Technique means Ian can communicate through his hands – guiding, directing and releasing tension. Being in the pool while teaching means he’s able to demonstrate movements to help you understand them. And he enjoys expressing himself in words.  He wrote Swimming Without Stress: Lessons For Land Lovers in 2005 (it's now available on Amazon Kindle, easy to read on devices). He produces regular short articles for our newsletter and blog, sharing his insights into the teaching and learning of swimming and the Alexander Technique. 

In his younger days, Ian did a language degree at the School of Oriental and African Studies, London, taught English for two years in Tokyo and spent six years working as a Careers Adviser in schools, colleges and a Young Offenders institution.

Have a look at our YouTube channel for videos of Ian working in the water, on himself and with others.

Visit our blog for Ian's thoughts about swimming, learning and teaching, using the Alexander Technique.

See customer testimonials.

He's been married to Cheryl since 1991 and they have four children and a grandson.