Charlie is a qualified teacher of the Shaw Method often referred to as the Art of Swimming, or Alexander Technique swimming. The Shaw Method is a unique way of learning to swim using the principles of the Alexander Technique. It is suitable for anyone from total beginners to confident swimmers looking to make their stroke (whether that be front crawl, breaststroke, backstroke or fly) effortless, graceful and free from anxiety. It will transform your swimming to a life enhancing activity with many benefits both in and out of the water.

“These swimming lessons with Charlie Loram are fabulous! They have helped relieve chronic muscle stiffness, and back and joint pain – I feel I can swim with style and technique which supports the welbeing of my whole body, as well as having gained valuable understanding about how to avoid injury and conserve my energy. It’s a joy to be swimming again – I’d forgotten how much I loved it! Thank you Charlie!” From a client who hadn’t swum for nearly 20 years due to a series of injuries which made swimming too painful.

I offer one to one Shaw Method lessons for adults at the beautiful and (almost) chlorine free Chagford Outdoor Pool throughout the summer. For the rest of the year I teach at the Waie Inn in Zeal Monachorum and at High House Pool, Bittaford, near Ivybridge. I’m always on the lookout for other suitable pools to teach in so please get in touch if you have any suggestions.

If you think you could benefit from having some lessons then contact me.


What is the Shaw Method?
The Shaw Method is a particular form of swimming tuition developed by Steven Shaw, a former competitive swimmer who is also an Alexander Technique teacher. It is basically applying the principles of the AT to swimming allowing each stroke to be easy, graceful and sustainable.

Shaw Method teaches greater body awareness, strengthens the relationship between mind and body, promotes freedom of movement, and helps to prevent strain and injury.

Who is Shaw Method for?
Shaw Method is appropriate for you, whatever your ability. Shaw Method has helped all kinds of swimmers: from non-swimmers to elite athletes. It is especially beneficial for: confidence building, the learning of new strokes, swimmers with disabilities, improving performance, enhancing the enjoyment of water, and if you are suffering or recovering from neck and back pain.

What is the difference between Shaw Method and traditional swimming teaching?
Lessons are usually carried out on a one to one basis so that the teacher can tailor the lesson to your specific needs. The teacher works in the water with you where they are able to provide clear demonstrations, communicate easily, and offer you hands-on guidance and support. Buoyancy aids are almost never used. You will be encouraged to explore your relationship with water and to discover your own natural buoyancy.

As part of a lesson you will get detailed feedback and may have the option to be filmed, an invaluable aid to your growing awareness in the water.

Shaw Method teachers offer dry land practices too, which may seem a little strange at first. But you will find these sessions are an invaluable aid in underpinning new patterns of movement.

What is unique about Shaw Method?
Shaw Method is the only method of swimming based on the Alexander Technique. The emphasis in this approach is on the quality of the experience. This contrasts with traditional methods where the focus is on distance and speed.

What swimming qualifications do you have?
As well as being certified to teach the Shaw Method by Stephen Shaw, Charlie is also a member of the STA and holds their Award in Swimming Teaching as well as their Safety Award for Teachers and their Safeguarding Children, Young People and Vulnerable Adults certificate. Charlie holds a full Enhanced DBS Certificate.

How much do lessons cost?

One-to-one lessons are £45 for 45 minutes.