As a swimming teacher who taught his first lesson at the age on nine (9), some sixty (60) years ago it is the golden moments, as I call them, that never ceases to bring a smile to your face and joy to your heart. Golden moments are the ones where a child/adult suddenly transitions from one level of skill acquisition to the next. Click the link to this video to see this young child who is not yet read more
“I am not happy with how my child is progressing because at her last swim school she was swimming across the pool” is a statement I have heard lots of times over the many decades I have been teaching swimming and running swim schools. I also knew the statement “she was swimming across the pool” to be untrue as I was teaching that pupil and knew that the pupil could not floa read more
It is official. I have just received notification from the Channel Swimmers and Pilots Federation that I was the oldest swimmer from any nation to complete a solo crossing of the English Channel last Channel Swimming Season. Glen and Julie Langford who were part of my support team and who live in England will be attending to annual dinner to accept the award. Hi Chris Congratulations, you were read more
An interesting email came across my desk from one of our franchisees where a parent went to a swim school that specialized in children who have a phobia of water. Now what constitutes a phobia? Is your child scared of the water, will not tolerate over their head in the shower, washing your child’s hair is a terrible experience, does not like getting their face wet, screams when you take th read more
Chris Shapland recently joined Karen Ghidella from KidsToDo.com.au for a LIVE online video chat. we recorded the event and posted it right here for you to watch on demand. read more
Watch the video of the recent live chat about swimming lessons with Chris Shapland. The chat was hosted by KidsToDo.com.au and includes some helpful information about problems parents and children face while learning to swim. read more
On Sunday the 4th of May 2014 I competed in the 65-69 years age group in the 2.2 kilometre swim from Watego’s Beach to the Byron Bay surf club. This annual swim attracts some 900 competitors and the 2014 swim marked the 26th anniversary of the race. Normally it is a very pleasant swim featuring clear water and good visibility. This year was not the case; in fact in all the years I have bee read more
On Monday I attended the funeral for Greg Brough, a good friend for over forty years. Greg was a larger than life character who lit up a room when he entered. He was the Gold Coast’s first Olympian and won a Bronze medal in the men’s 1500m freestyle at the Mexico Olympics and a bronze medal in the men’s 400m freestyle at the 1970 Commonwealth games. L-R:Chris Shapland, Greg B read more
Winning three gold medals (surf race, rescue tube and the board rescue) in my age group at the recent Queensland Masters State Championships held at North Kirra made me very happy and reinforces what I have written many times which is, “being able to swim is a life long life saving skill.” The Championships provided a platform that verified the statement. On Friday, 7 March 2014, Sur read more
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