Spring! Prepare now for a beautiful swimming summer…

BLOG † March 30, 2022

Dear students, former students and Swim in Balance enthusiasts,

In two weeks our new 6-week courses back in the pools in Haarlem,  Amsterdam en Utrecht† We also get a lot of curious questions about our open water workshops, you are looking forward to it! However, we think the water temperature of natural water is still much too cold to be able to teach properly… and we would not advise you to go swimming outside right now.

We do recommend that you prepare well now! Tip: First learn a very nice swimming technique in a warm and familiar environment, e.g. the front crawlbreast stroke of butterfly stroke. You can do that in 6 weeks. By then it will be the end of May and then you can easily start applying your new swimming technique in open water or possibly continue with a level 2 course with us, on Sunday morning in Spaarnwoude. Then we will teach you how to maintain the same beautiful technique in the more difficult circumstances of outdoor swimming. The open water courses and day workshops will soon be on the website.

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† They also start in two weeks. Then you can finally swim in the sea this summer or go to the pool with your (grand) children!

In short, use the spring now to prepare for a wonderful summer swimming :-).

For the people who don't want to wait for that, there is our swimming holiday from May 1-8 in Croatia. Spring has already started there and we also go swimming (with wetsuits) in the Adriatic Sea. There are still 4 spots available… who else wants to join? There is already a nice varied group of participants from the Netherlands and the two Esthers (Myself and our new teacher who is also called Esther) will teach. My son Benjamin, who is now 1,5 years old, will also come along and my parents will come along again just like last year to babysit. We are excited!

If the May holiday doesn't suit you, there are also swimming holidays in Croatia from 16-23 July and from 18-25 September. There are currently only five single rooms available for the July holiday, so don't wait too long to register if you would like your own room. 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.


Esther Visser and the Swim in Balance teacher team

ps I can't emphasize enough how nice the Swim in Balance butterfly is for swimming: balanced, equal use of legs and arms, not heavy (!), good for your lower back. We still get relatively few registrations for this battle, while this is perhaps our best offer. Who will take on this challenge next lesson block?

ps 2. Last weekend there was a nice article about a new book about swimming in the NRC: 'And then suddenly her swimming ghost shows up'. Recommended! There was also a nice list of statements about swimming at:

Famous people about swimming

“In the water I am beautiful” – Kurt Vonnegut

"I go swimming in order to think." – Joke Hermsen

“I feel I belong in the water, I feel we all belong in the water.” – Oliver Sachs 

“There is an essential rightness about swimming, as about all such flowing and, so to speak, musical activities.” – Oliver Sachs

“We are seabeds and seas, are a blanket of dancing glass” – Lucebert

“Swimming is a licentious sleep in splashing water,
Is to love with every still usable pore, 
Is to be endlessly free and to triumph inwardly.” – Paul Snoek 

“Water is very attractive to me. I can't resist. I have to get in.” – Oek de Jong 

„This element was our universe
Before we – signs of decay –
Got hands, feet and talk.” – Ingmar Heytze

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“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