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Ian Cross
About Ian Cross

Ian has 20 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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“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 20 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 adults and children, 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.

From a wealth of specialist experience, gained from years of daily, hands-on work, Ian helps you change your reaction to the water by teaching you to think differently about how you're moving. He guides you into a new experience and encourages you to enjoy the process of getting there instead of focusing on the end goal.  Ian believes that confidence in the water is gained by doing less, not more. This is true for non-swimmers and improvers. 

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 himself in words. 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. 

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 Advisor in schools 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.

Favourite quote

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

Ian likes dogs and supports Birmingham City FC. He's been married to Cheryl since 1991 and they have four children.