Last courses for the summer for the old price!
Dear students, former students and Swim in Balance enthusiasts,
We are back from a wonderful swimming holiday in Croatia at the beginning of this month! The sea water was still fresh. Luckily we had our wetsuits with us. During the boat excursion on the rest day we even saw dolphins, so inspiring for the lessons :-)… Many thanks to my colleague Esther Vesseur (we were with two Esthers to teach!) for her beautiful lessons every morning.
In two weeks our new 6-week courses back in the pools in Haarlem, Amsterdam en Utrecht† There is also a series of 6-week courses on Saturday morning in open water, in the beautiful Spaarnwoude, which run exactly until the summer holidays. Are you coming to join? Also in open water there is the level 2 course before the crawl. Then we will teach you how to maintain the same beautiful technique in the more difficult circumstances of outdoor swimming.
For people who are afraid of water or have never learned to swim, this is also the ideal time to get over it in the Water Confidence courses† Then you can finally swim in the sea this summer or go to the pool with your (grand) children!
A few more places for the swimming holiday in July
There are already enough participants for the next swimming holiday in July to guarantee it will take place, but there are still a few places available: I have been able to get two extra single rooms and there are still enough double rooms available. So if you want to join us, read more about it on the website swimming holidays in Croatia † There is also a swimming holiday from September 18-25. With rising oil prices, you'd better book your flight soon too, so send a message if you are interested and I will tell you more about the possibilities.
Above you see some participants during the Alexander Technique introductory course during the swimming holiday. They learned to look in a different way, to walk, lie down, move… and they enjoyed it too! Here's a word from one of the participants: “I wholeheartedly recommend Swim in Balance swimming holidays. Learning a new stroke really well, with all the individual guidance that every participant needs, is guaranteed to succeed here. In addition, I learned a lot about the Alexander Technique, on which Swim in Balance bases its swimming method – also super valuable for other sports, making music and life in general. Even though we worked hard, it really felt like a holiday – great to hit the sauna after a swim! I wish Swim in Balance many more happy participants! alix”
Tip: Take advantage of the old price…
We cannot avoid raising the prices for the courses per September to 325 euros per course. Along with energy prices, the rents of swimming pools are also rising. We firmly support our approach of teaching no more than 8 people at a time and do not want to make any concessions. That is why we are already announcing it: If you still want to participate in a 6-week course for the old price, now is your chance.
Have a nice summer!
Esther Visser and the Swim in Balance teacher team
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Refresher workshops and day workshops in the summer
The last series of 6-week courses before the summer holidays started last week. Thanks for the many registrations, fantastic! Because many people are away for a few weeks during the holidays and would therefore miss classes, we have a special program in the summer with individual workshops.
Spring! Prepare now for a beautiful swimming summer…
News: In two weeks, our new 6-week courses will start again in the swimming pools in Haarlem, Amsterdam and Utrecht. We also get a lot of curious questions about our open water workshops, you are looking forward to it!
We will start again next week
News: Just a short reminder that the new courses will start again next week. The basic crawl courses are almost all fully booked, but we still have room for the Water Confidence and Breaststroke. Maybe something for you?
Who will go swimming in Croatia?
News: You can now register for courses in the next class (from the end of February) and the dates for the three swimming holidays in Croatia are known!
We can swim again!
News: Good news! Due to the relaxation announced yesterday, all sports activities can continue again from today. This means that next week we will immediately start with a new series of 6-week courses. We can't wait to be back in the water and teaching.
Thanks to the volunteers!
news: Last week Esther, Lydia and Tyrone passed their teacher training at Swim in Balance with flying colours. This means that we will have 3 very nice teachers from 2022.
12 volunteers wanted as trial student
Over the next two weekends, our 4 trainees (Esther, Lydia, Olga and Tyrone) will receive the last part of their training, before starting as teachers at Swim in Balance in January. They practice teaching groups and they will take a practical exam on December 19.
Special compact offer in December
Last weekend we had a crawl workshop in Driebergen, it was wonderful! The workshop was fully booked, our student teachers assisted very well and we received enthusiastic reactions from the participants. We will do that more often! Next month we will offer a kind of intermediate form between workshops and courses, I will explain it below.
Weekend workshop crawl basic course
As I announced earlier in this newsletter, we are organizing a weekend workshop crawl basic course this fall, because the courses in Utrecht cannot continue due to the failure of one of our teachers.
“Very nice week in a nice environment to learn the Shaw method.”
“If like me you thought you could never learn to crawl, and if you want to learn to get more impact (not just in the pool) with less force, then this is a course to do. Accessible, nice people, interesting method, wonderful location and real results.”
“I wholeheartedly recommend Swim in Balance swimming holidays. Learning a new stroke really well, with all the individual guidance that every participant needs, is guaranteed to succeed here. In addition, I learned a lot about the Alexander Technique, on which Swim in Balance bases its swimming method – also super valuable for other sports, making music and life in general. Even though we worked hard, it really felt like a holiday – great to hit the sauna after a swim! I wish Swim in Balance many more happy participants!”
“A memorable adventure, where to my amazement I really learned to front crawl, unbelievable!”
"Great, fun course, does what it promises"
"During the basic front crawl course, it was explained step-by-step and clearly how we can crawl according to the Shaw method. This is quite a bit different from what I've ever learned. But because of the clear explanation and the slow build up of the battle, it was easy to adjust. Lydia was also a very nice and enthusiastic instructor."
"All my life I was afraid of water and afraid of learning to swim. But after 6 weeks of Water Confidence I managed to leave most of my fear behind. Fantastic, I am very grateful to you!"
"Take a course. Swim in balance is good for your body and mind!"
"I have (already) followed a very nice course. Under professional guidance I was taken step by step in learning a new swimming stroke. It feels like dancing in the water. Recommended!"
“I really benefit from the lessons and come home happy every time.”
“I have never dared to put my head under water in all my life. After 2 lessons with Esther I completely got over my fear and because of that I was able to snorkel with the sea lions and their babies during my holiday in Galapagos!!! Top!!!!"
“I've been trying to teach myself the front crawl for years. With regular lessons you are quickly “forgotten” as a beginner. Esther teaches you, in a relaxed way, a very nice stroke without forcing your back or shoulders. From water habituation (floating) to the entire stroke. Recommended!”
“The course really made me realize that the more aligned you are in the water, the more comfortable swimming is. Very glad I learned this, thank you!”
“Celebrating a holiday and also learning something has never been so much fun!”
“Instructive course, recommended!”
"Finally working on my front crawl in a relaxed way, before I mainly did this with brute force, but now through Swim in Balance courses and exercises this is done in a relaxed way, very happy with it."
“This special journey has brought me a lot, through the Alexander swimming technique and the relaxing way of teaching I have become friends with water again. Besides this “friendship reunited”, other wonderful people and experiences have come my way. Thanks for this special week.”
“My experience with the course was teaching the professional approach of the correct technique, in both the group instructions and the individual guidance, as well as the conviviality.”
“Being always a bit afraid of the water, this has really been a life changing experience. I will not be doing the Olympics any time soon, but I definitely am happy with the outcome.”
”I thought the crawl basic course was a very nice course, very relaxed setting, Niels is a great teacher with an eye for detail, and a clear explanation. Before the course I had no experience with the front crawl, and now I can swim the front crawl in a good and relaxed way, and I have the basics to train this stroke in a good way. Outside the bath I also benefit from the body awareness that you get in this method, so that I am more often aware of my posture and can improve it.”
“Nice course. You learn to swim again, but in a constructive way. Very nice to discover that you can swim quickly with not much effort. And the crawl like this is a beautiful stroke.”
“In small steps, with good instruction and stimulating guidance, the basics for chest crawl learned in a short time.”
“Great lessons, fun and effective.”
“The swimming holiday to Croatia was wonderful! Good weather, beautiful people, learning new things every day in the salt water pool, fun optional activities and plenty of free time to go your own way. Perfect!"
“I thought it was a great experience to learn so much in such a short time! The classes were at the same time very relaxed, completely relaxed! Delicious! I had surgery on my back a few months ago, the result is not good, I hesitated to take the classes, but it has given me a lot of good! Recommended!"
“I was very happy with the front crawl level 1 course (in the swimming pool) as well as the 2 hour workshop in the lake 't Wed. Both have given me the skills to feel confident to swim laps in a pool or to swim in open water. Esther is a great instructor with patience and a passion for this sport. She is very relaxed and explains things in a concise and encouraging way. Anyone interested in improving their technique so you can swim more efficiently would benefit greatly from following Esther's courses.”
“This course completely fulfills the promise! Really fun and educational to do.”
“Perfect course. Never thought that something I've wanted to do for years could be taught so easily. I wish I had done it years earlier.”
“A wonderful mix of sporting effort and relaxation. Exactly what I needed! Sun, sea, salt water and inspiring swimmers!”
“I have experienced the Shaw Method as subtle, friendly, logical, natural, intelligent and effective. The instructors are calm and thoughtful. The technology is made up of building blocks so that you can fall back on the basics if you have lost the technology for a while.”
“Esther taught me the basics of the front crawl in 6 lessons. The lessons are very clearly structured and ensure that you slowly get used to a new habit. The Shaw Method provides a relaxed way of swimming where relaxation is the most important. The advanced lessons allowed me to continue working on my technique and since then I have been jumping in the pool with great pleasure and confidence. Thanks!”
“If you thought you could swim, give this a try. You will learn relaxing techniques from expert teachers in a beautiful swimming pool on the coast of Croatia.”
“A wonderful hour of relaxing in the water and at the same time developing more feeling. Nice to experience how effective it is to apply the Alexander Technique to swimming! I recommend it to all swimming enthusiasts.”