NEWSLETTER

Newsletter: Last 2 open water day workshops of the summer and practice hours are online 

BLOG | August 13, 2021

Dear student, former student or Swim in Balance enthusiast,

The new season started yesterday with the open water courses, it was wonderful. The courses in the pool will start again in the coming weeks. We have also organized two extra day workshops, the practice hours are now online and for those who want I have two free tickets for a concert where I (Esther) perform.

Two extra open water day workshops in Spaarnwoude

In addition to the offer in the previous newsletter, two day workshops have been added: the last two of the season. Welcome!

The water is heated throughout the summer and is still pleasant to swim in at the beginning of October. You can borrow wetsuits from us if you wish. The location is a nice place where you can stand and where you can have a nice lunch. Who makes sense? I (Esther) give these workshops myself.

A few more places in the upcoming courses in the swimming pool in Amsterdam

Most courses are now fully booked, but we still have 4 places available in the basic crawl course on Monday evening 21.00 (starts tomorrow!), a few more places in the breaststroke course on Wednesday evening 20.30 (starts Wednesday!), and a few more places in the Water Confidence courses. Who will join last minute?

Practice hours are online

There will be plenty of opportunity in the next block to practice with us. Due to corona it is difficult to find a time lock in other swimming pools, so we have made extra practice hours available in the track next to our lessons in Amsterdam. If you are a student or former student of Swim in Balance (this is a condition!), you can come and swim for 7,50 for an hour: In ideal conditions, on Monday or Wednesday evenings. See the practice hours on the website to make a reservation. Maximum 6 people per job. It is best if you practice at least once a week in between classes, then you will get the most out of the course.

free tickets

As some of you may know, in addition to being the founder of Swim in Balance, I (Esther) is also a professional baroque violinist and Alexander Technique teacher. Tomorrow (!) I will play a concert during the Early Music Festival in Tivoli Vredenburg (Utrecht), as a violinist with the English baroque company 'The Harmonious Society of Tickle-Fiddle Gentlemen'. Program is the Baroque opera Venus and Adonis by the composer Pepusch (1715). If there are baroque lovers among you, I have two free tickets (worth 23 euros) available for students at Swim in Balance. If you want to use this please give your name, then you can pick them up in your name at the checkout.

Trijntje passed!

Two weeks ago, Trijntje Zuiderbaan successfully completed her teacher training at Swim in Balance. Congratulations Trijntje and welcome to our team! Thank you very much to all volunteers who have been trial students during her training.

This fall 3 more teachers will be trained: Lavinia, Tyrone and Olga. I look forward to welcoming them to the team as well. Keep an eye on this newsletter, because there will again be many opportunities for volunteers to be trial students.

Have a great new season, sporty greetings!
Esther and the Swim in Balance teacher team

PS 1 more place in the swimming holiday in Croatia September 19-26!

There are now 24 participants in our swimming holiday next month and we can possibly add 1 more person… so if you need more sun and want to lie on the beach for a while in combination with two swimming courses, read here  more and consider coming too… You are very welcome and there are still plane tickets.

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Reviews

“Very nice week in a nice environment to learn the Shaw method.”

- Martin (swimming holiday May 2022)

“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.”

- Cilia (swimming holiday May 2022)

“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 (swimming holiday May 2022)

“A memorable adventure, where to my amazement I really learned to front crawl, unbelievable!”

- Nicolien (swimming holiday May 2022)

"Great, fun course, does what it promises"

- Show

"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."

- Hannah

"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!"

- Gabor

"Take a course. Swim in balance is good for your body and mind!"

- Rosita

"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!"

- Danielle

“I really benefit from the lessons and come home happy every time.”

- Marjan

“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!!!!"

- Hanna

“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!”

- Hester

“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!”

- Wilma

“Celebrating a holiday and also learning something has never been so much fun!”

- Esther (swimming holiday)

“Instructive course, recommended!”

- Marjoram

"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."

- Nard

“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.”

- Sylvia (swimming holiday)

“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.”

- Janine

“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.”

- Monica

”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.”

- Timo

“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.”

- Willemiek

“In small steps, with good instruction and stimulating guidance, the basics for chest crawl learned in a short time.”

- Nel

“Great lessons, fun and effective.”

- Pieter

“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!"

- Lydia (swimming holiday)

“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!"

- Saskia

“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.”

- Sue

“This course completely fulfills the promise! Really fun and educational to do.”

- Nicole

“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.”

- Hans

“A wonderful mix of sporting effort and relaxation. Exactly what I needed! Sun, sea, salt water and inspiring swimmers!”

- Annelies (swimming holiday)

“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.”

- Tess

“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!”

- Patrick

“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.”

- Nora (swimming holiday)

“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.”

- Caroline