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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, and especially enjoys helping non-swimmers and people who are nervous in water.

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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, and especially enjoys helping non-swimmers and people who are nervous in water.


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 had a keen interest in the Alexander Technique when he set up Swimming Without Stress in Oxfordshire in 1996.  One to one lessons in private pools, with a gentle, hands on approach, were immediately attractive to non-swimming adults and parents who wanted their children to learn to swim well. By 1998 this 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. 

Being in the water can help us to relax but trying too hard to swim can cause us to strain ourselves. Learning to swim doesn't need to be a struggle. Confidence in the water is gained by doing less, not more.  It shouldn't be about making yourself 'do' something to get across the water. Nervous/non-swimmers need to be shown how to think differently about water,  to give up the idea of doing anything, and learn to trust it to support them.  

"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 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.

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

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

See customer feedback, from people who've attended our residential course. 

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