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Learn front crawl, breaststroke or butterfly!

You can specialize in one swimming stroke per 6-week course or workshop, which we build from scratch. We do this because we teach a different technique than the conventional way of swimming. So even advanced swimmers start from scratch with us, because there are often basic reasons why someone's swimming technique is not efficient. Especially for experienced swimmers it is a challenge to unlearn old habits. A beginner has the advantage of this and that is why they can take lessons together.

We first pay a lot of attention to your position in the water when floating, to your way of exhaling, and to relaxation in your muscles when resting. From that basis, we build up the stroke step by step for each lesson, so that at the end of the course or workshop you can swim beautifully throughout the stroke. At the end of the course, we will make a video of everyone, so that you can review at home what went well and what you need to keep working on.

The battle is not yet automated. We also optionally offer level 2 courses as a follow-up, to help you with automation, further refine your technique and to swim longer distances in succession. You can also do this yourself, depending on your preference. There are also regular 'refresher classes', where you can come back, have your technique checked and get some extra tips.

You will be taught in small groups of maximum 8 people, in water where you can stand and the teacher is with you in the water. We always briefly explain the exercise, we demonstrate this in the water, we guide you with hands-on to let you feel what the intention is and then let you do it yourself. This is a very effective way of teaching where everyone makes rapid progress. You will get the most out of the course if you keep practicing on your own between lessons. This is possible at our swimming pool, in addition to the other courses, if you reserve your practice spot in advance. See 'practice hours' on this website.

Ultimately, it is physically best if you (for example, during an hour of swimming) always do a rotating stroke (front crawl or back crawl) can alternate with an undulating stroke (breast or butterfly). So we recommend learning at least two strokes, this makes swimming more varied and interesting.

Learn front crawl, breaststroke or butterfly!

You can specialize in one swimming stroke per 6-week course or workshop, which we build from scratch. We do this because we teach a different technique than the conventional way of swimming. So even advanced swimmers start from scratch with us, because there are often basic reasons why someone's swimming technique is not efficient. Especially for experienced swimmers it is a challenge to unlearn old habits. A beginner has the advantage of this and that is why they can take lessons together.

We first pay a lot of attention to your position in the water when floating, to your way of exhaling, and to relaxation in your muscles when resting. From that basis, we build up the stroke step by step for each lesson, so that at the end of the course or workshop you can swim beautifully throughout the stroke. At the end of the course, we will make a video of everyone, so that you can review at home what went well and what you need to keep working on.

The battle is not yet automated. We also optionally offer level 2 courses as a follow-up, to help you with automation, further refine your technique and to swim longer distances in succession. You can also do this yourself, depending on your preference. There are also regular 'refresher classes', where you can come back, have your technique checked and get some extra tips.

You will be taught in small groups of maximum 8 people, in water where you can stand and the teacher is with you in the water. We always briefly explain the exercise, we demonstrate this in the water, we guide you with hands-on to let you feel what the intention is and then let you do it yourself. This is a very effective way of teaching where everyone makes rapid progress. You will get the most out of the course if you keep practicing on your own between lessons. This is possible at our swimming pool, in addition to the other courses, if you reserve your practice spot in advance. See 'practice hours' on this website.

Ultimately, it is physically best if you (for example, during an hour of swimming) always do a rotating stroke (front crawl or back crawl) can alternate with an undulating stroke (breast or butterfly). So we recommend learning at least two strokes, this makes swimming more varied and interesting.


Front crawl

The front crawl at Swim in Balance is a swimming stroke where you barely use your legs (just for balance) and let 80% of the propulsion come from your arms. If you want to train your arms, this is a suitable stroke. It is a swimming stroke in which you rotate from one side to the other, and so 'screw' through the water. This stroke is particularly suitable if you participate in a triathlon, because this stroke (for everyone) is faster than the other strokes and the least tiring for your legs.


Breast stroke

The breaststroke at Swim in Balance is a swimming stroke in which you always dive under water like a dolphin. This is very good for mobility in the lower back and hips. 80% of the propulsion comes from the legs, so if you want to train these muscles, the breaststroke technique is a good choice. You make an undulating movement (a sine wave) that is very similar to the butterfly stroke but is lighter on your arms.


Butterfly

The Butterfly in Swim in Balance is the most balanced of all. 50% of the propulsion comes from the legs and 50% of the propulsion comes from the arms, a kind of '4-wheel drive'. Many people think that this is a heavy blow, but with our technology this is not the case at all. After 6 lessons you are guaranteed to be able to swim the entire stroke and if you automate this nicely you can swim for miles. We've also taught this to people over 75, so don't hesitate to try this beautiful trick, it's a wonderful addition to your repertoire.


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