Starfish Swimming Club - a member of the Halliwick Association of Swimming Therapy
Starfish Swimming Club - a member of the Halliwick Association of Swimming Therapy
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Halliwick Method

The Halliwick method of teaching swimming was created by James McMillan MBE, the Halliwick School for Girls, London, 1949.

The method, founded upon known scientific principles of hydrodynamics and body mechanics, is combined with modern teaching methods which include group work with other swimmers to build upon a swimmer's natural ability.

The teaching method develops skills in:

mental adjustment to water
breath control
balance control, including the ability to recover to a safe breathing position
a practical understanding of the effects of upthrust and turbulence and how to   respond to them
sculling and the development of basic strokes


Initially, on a one-to-one instructor / swimmerratio, our swimmers are encouraged to find and control their natural balance and become mentally adjusted to water.
No artificial aids, such as armbands or rubber rings, which interfere with this adjustment, are used in our method of teaching. Gradually the swimmer becomes independent and the instructor uses a 10-step process to safely disengage.
Ten Point Program
The Halliwick Philosophy

No Flotation Aids

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