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Ian Cross
About Ian Cross

Ian has over 18 years experience teaching swimming and the Alexander Technique to individuals of all abilities, one to one. He emphasises the importance of learning to do less, simple but not always easy. He especially enjoys seeing nervous non swimmers gain confidence and helping improver swimmers properly understand the fundamentals.

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“I like people really to know the basics, which is what actually makes you happy in the water."
Ian Cross

About Ian Cross

Ian has over 18 years experience teaching swimming and the Alexander Technique to individuals of all abilities, one to one. He emphasises the importance of learning to do less, simple but not always easy. He especially enjoys seeing nervous non swimmers gain confidence and helping improver swimmers properly understand the fundamentals.


Training

Ian trained as an ASA swimming teacher in the mid nineties 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.
He has taught hundreds of people, individually, to swim.

Experience

A full time interest.
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. You’re not likely to find another teacher informed by such a wealth of specialist experience, gained from years of daily, hands-on work.  It’s more than showing you a movement to propel you from a to b. He helps you change your reaction to the water by teaching you to move in a conscious way. And Ian believes this is invaluable whether you’re just starting out in a state of ‘blind panic’ or looking to prevent repetitive strain of your rotator cuff!

Communicator

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 visually.  But he also likes expressing ideas verbally. And he’s happy with a pen. He wrote Swimming Without Stress: Lessons For Land Lovers in 2005 and produces regular short articles for our newsletter and blog, sharing his insights into the teaching and learning of swimming and just being in the water. 

In his younger days he got a language degree from the School of Oriental and African Studies, London, taught English for two years in Tokyo and spent six years working as a Careers Advisor in schools and a Young Offenders institution.

 

Favourite quote

“Stop doing the wrong thing and the right thing does itself.” (FM Alexander)

Ian likes dogs and is a Birmingham City supporter.