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Let go and enjoy the support of water instead of struggling against it, on our intensive (but sensitive) one to one course in beautiful West Wales.
If you tick any of these, Swimming Without Stress is for you…
  • I'm terrified of water.
  • I can't put my face in the water.
  • I can't get my feet off the ground.
  • I feel like I’m going to sink.
  • I’m exhausted after a length.
  • My neck aches after swimming.
  • I can swim but don’t enjoy it.
  • I want swimming to be more relaxed.
  • I had a bad experience as a child.
  • I swam as a child but can’t remember how.
  • Being in water makes me anxious.

Through hands on guidance using the Alexander Technique Ian and Cheryl will teach you to be happy underwater, to trust the water to support you and to get your feet back on the ground without panicking. Floating freely and gliding with a relaxed neck are cornerstones of swimming without stress. Freedom of movement follows.

from the blog

“What a great post, full of understanding. My previous attempts at learning to swim have been with instructors at the side of the pool, yelling instructions above the acoustic echo and carrying a pole for strugglers to attempt to cling to. No attempt to deal with non-swimmers' anxiety and even phobias. So thank you."
Max, Hersham

“These blogs are wonderful meditations on the small essentials of starting a relationship with the water. Each one has stayed with me as I work with clients and informs (I believe improves) my teaching. Thank you."
Beth, Brecon

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Fight or Flight, or Float

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The startle pattern, also known as the Moro/ baby panic/ parachute/ fear reflex, affects all swimmers, non- swimmers and swimming…

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Swimming with the Alexander Technique – or the other way round?

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about us

Ian and Cheryl will help you improve your relationship with the water by seeing it as a source of support, not an obstacle to overcome. We’ll work with you in the water, helping you to release unnecessary tension, guiding you through new movements and showing you how to swim without stress by doing less.

About Ian Cross

"Ian coaxes and gently encourages, helping the non-swimmer and swimmer to feel more at home in water." 
Pete Chapman, The Independent

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About Cheryl Cross

“Since my course with Cheryl, swimming has become part of my life in a way that I never imagined, a real pleasure, a complete conversion."
Ann, North Wales

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where we teach

Case Studies

Diary of a Man Learning to Swim

Diary of a Man Learning to Swim

Michael from Gloucestershire came for our residential course as a non-swimmer with fear of water. After each of his 8…

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A Sea Swimmer in June

A Sea Swimmer in June

June discovers a new approach to front crawl and takes it into open water. “ When I arrived I could…

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Not So Slow Sophie

Not So Slow Sophie

Cheryl makes friends with a head-up breaststroker on holiday and shares her top tips... “ Despite her lovely stroke and…

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