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Ameo Powerbreather – Unique Twin Tube Fresh Air Training Snorkel Review

August 7, 2019

I've been enjoying swimming with the Ameo Powerbreather. I've tried 'training snorkels' previously but never one like this. Fresh air comes in thro...

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Fight or Flight, or Float

July 24, 2019

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

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

July 5, 2019

The Alexander Technique is straightforward but for any success with it you have to give yourself time and space, to make things easier for yourself...

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Changing the Objective?

June 7, 2019

Is the objective, when working with fearful non-swimmers, to get them independent in the water by the end of their course of 8 lessons? Cher...

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How to Swim Head Up Breaststroke

April 21, 2019

  Swimming breaststroke with the face out of the water gets a bad press. There are good reasons for this. But if you're aware of what y...

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A Natural Breath – What are the chances?

April 10, 2019

  ‘How the hell should I know how to breathe?’ an Alexander Technique teacher trainer asked, making the point that we can't control thi...

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Look At Me

April 4, 2019

“There was a video on his website of his own effortless crawl, but I knew I'd never be able to swim like that," Gill told me, about another of her ...

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Where Did It All Go Wrong?

March 12, 2019

A definite goal in the Alexander Technique, achieved by means of non-doing or ‘inhibition and direction’, is letting our head go forward and up. On...

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Welcome to the Comfort Zone

March 5, 2019

Can't Hurt me, by David Goggins is a motivational read from someone who picked himself up after getting a bad start and worked, almost as a matter ...

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Only More Freedom

February 16, 2019

Ditching training plans and lesson plans and planning something else Learning to let yourself be supported by water is profoundly beneficial. It...

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Observations and Experiences at the Piscine Molitor

January 13, 2019

We went to the Molitor Hotel for a couple of nights this week. For anyone who likes swimming pools, it's really worth the trip. Apart from the two ...

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New Windows

January 7, 2019

The Croft Farm pool is getting new windows and we're off to Paris for a couple of nights at the Molitor Hotel with its famous art deco pool. I'm lo...

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Learning to Swim Like a Robot

December 29, 2018

After Christmas I shared a post from a few years ago, Swimming with a Hangover, where I wrote at the end: “It’s more than just exercise. It ...

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Underwater Swimming

Want to Swim Like Shinji?

November 11, 2018

For most people it’s unusual not to create disintegration in the back or gasp for breath when 1, learning strokes or swimming for fitness and 2, in...

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Flip Side of Front Crawl for Fitness

July 20, 2018

“I need front crawl for aerobic fitness,” said Joe today. He doesn’t believe his beautifully coordinated breaststroke gives him enough of a workout...

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