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Natalie and I had a wonderful time with you both last week - thank you so much for teaching us how to enjoy being in the water. After years of being phobic and many years of trying to swim (without much success), now we are going to be committed pool junkies! Natalie has her head firmly down in the water - something she hadn't done at all before and I am happy to glide, play dead and sing under water. It is so exciting and we can't wait to come back to swimming without stress for more! We've told all our friends and they are really envious of our new attitude to swimming. 

Josie and Natalie, Exeter, June 2016 → read more testimonials

Lessons in Oxfordshire

Lessons in Oxfordshire

Twenty Years in Oxfordshire

If you're searching for Swimming Without Stress in the Oxford area, we hope you'll consider a trip to Pembrokeshire for a residential course instead. 

We offered Swimming Without Stress lessons in the Oxford area from October 1996 to September 2016.  

In August, 1996 Ian put an advert in Round and About magazine looking for a private pool to hire for one to one lessons.  A month later, having found a pool, we used the same space to advertise Swimming Without Stress. The demand for lessons snowballed and by 1998, Cheryl was teaching too and Ian gave up his job as a careers adviser. In the late 90s, Ian, Cheryl and Chie, Ian's sister in law, all trained with Steven Shaw, pioneer of swimming with the Alexander Technique. 

Chie started teaching with Ian and Cheryl in 2000 and, when we moved to Pembrokeshire to begin our residential courses in 2001, Chie took over the lessons in Oxfordshire and ran them until September 2016. 

Chie developed her own, individual way of working with swimmers and non- swimmers, using the principles of the Alexander Technique. She uses a very gentle, calming, hands on approach. 

Chie has now moved with her family to Norwich, where she hopes to continue teaching. We're also hoping to persuade her to come and join us for some teaching in Pembrokeshire.