Fight or Flight, or Float
The startle pattern, also known as the Moro/ baby panic/ parachute/ fear reflex, affects all swimmers, non- swimmers and swimming teachers to some ...Read more
Changing the Objective?
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...Read more
A Natural Breath – What are the chances?
‘How the hell should I know how to breathe?’ an Alexander Technique teacher trainer asked, making the point that we can't control thi...Read more
Welcome to the Comfort Zone
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 ...Read more
Only More Freedom
Ditching training plans and lesson plans and planning something else Learning to let yourself be supported by water is profoundly beneficial. It...Read more
Learning to Swim Like a Robot
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 ...Read more
Want to Swim Like Shinji?
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...Read more
Are you a recreational swimmer who needs to be more relaxed?.. “ Spending more time underwater, then more time getting air in, is easier than ce...Read more
Non-swimmers: Know Your Needs
Advice for anyone not enjoying the water... “Can we have another go at this breaststroke breathing?' asked David, red faced and out of puff, d...Read more
A Good Start
If you're bracing for take-off, here's what to take on board... In water, as on land, in order to feel comfortable, be able to relax and breathe...Read more