Sitting on the plane writing this summary of what can only be described as “unforgettable”. In many different ways from progressions and improvements from current clients and new clients diving on board with our programme and blowing us out of the water with their achievements.
Landing in London, Wednesday late afternoon on 16th May which just happens to be on my 33rd birthday. Lugging cases across the city, checking into our rooms at the hotel, then straight out for dinner and a few drinks to celebrate. (This wasn’t my only birthday celebration of the week!).
Thursday morning we raced across London and down to Surrey where our hard work begins. Each day for the next 5 days we visited a number of clients in different locations. On some days visiting 4 different pools. Sessions varied for each client with some including our Fit Lab, land based programmes and all taking part in aquatic development sessions.
Our work is not about making instant changes but gradual progressions that can be transferred from water to every day activities and life skills. We have a set development plan for each client and work hard to achieve set mile stones whilst also having in mind short term goals.
We attended a charity ball for Small Steps Charity whilst we visited London, and had a fantastic time, helping to raise lots of cash for a much needed cause.
Here at Swim Lab Lanzarote we use W-AVE our mindset training platform, everybody has their own W = Win or winning. For some it may be having the ability to stand alone, feel free in the water to move parts of our body that don’t otherwise move, for others it is becoming a Paralympic champion.
We thrive on making what previously was thought impossible possible. Read hear about why paediatric disability consulting is so rewarding. Here are a few of the pictures and videos from our week along with some quotes from the parents.
“On Thursday Brooke was hesitant to take her feet off the floor. After 4 sessions with Paul and Kris her confidence was through the roof!! Thank you so much!!”
“Thank you both for a wonderful development week in London. It was a pleasure to see our son gain new techniques and confidence to improve his swimming skills. Paul and Kris’s inventive ways of ensuring the children remember sequences such as, ‘superman, chicken, pizza’ are imaginative and highly effective. Thank you for a wonderful week!”
“Once again Paul and Kris have performed miracles. Our son is back on track, Stronger, fitter and reenergised” Tom Wooden
“My son James (aged 14 with diplegic cerebral palsy) had a fantastic few days with Paul and Kris in February.
Everything was well organised, the facilities were excellent and most importantly, the sessions in the pool and on land were highly beneficial to James both physically and emotionally.
In the pool, James completed the week with a greatly improved front crawl stroke. His overall strength had significantly increased as had his ability to swim longer distances. He ended the week swimming 700m and smashing his PB for 25m- 36 seconds.
Paul was fantastic- had great empathy with James and was able to push him and yet still be aware of the need to motivate and encourage him.
James enjoyed his sessions with Kris very much and they complimented his time in the pool, working on strength and balance.
As a teenager, who is more self-aware about his disability than ever before the week encouraged and motivated him. He came back from the sessions, fitter, stronger and with more self- belief.
Thank you Paul and Kris.
London disAbility Week…May
James attended two days of swim sessions and it was just what we needed to kickstart our swimming and fitness regime.
Academic life in Year 9 is hectic and fitting in swimming, stretching and exercising within the school week is a challenge. Seeing Paul and Kris again, albeit briefly, has helped to remind James of how much he enjoys swimming and generally being fit and active.
We are both greatly looking forward to seeing Paul and Kris in Lanzarote in July.”
Tricia Paterson (James’ Mum)
“Matilda (CP) and Fleur (hypermobility) swam with Paul and Kris during London disABILITY week. The girls have been with Swimlab for 3 years now and always get so much out of each visit, either to Lanzarote or when the team run a week in England. Paul and Kris always achieve so much striving to help the girls increase their abilities, yet making it fun. The girls love them, we love them and we love seeing how much difference they make to the girls. Long live Swimlab and their disABILITY weeks!”
“Once again Swimlab exceeded expectations and took my son to another level entirely- a level from which he can prove he can do this, earn badges and certificates and be a swimming superstar in his own right. For us, the most important thing is to see him enjoy swimming, be safe in the knowledge that he can get himself out of trouble and do what both his brother and sister can… swim for fun. What a gift and what an amazing skill.”
“Thank you once again for an excellent couple of session with Noah this May. The progress that he makes in each session is visible and his abilities continue to dramatically improve under your guidance. We look forward to seeing you again when you are next running a course in the UK.”
Haydn Jones “From the 5 days intensive swimming I get courage and fitness. Paul helps me in all aspects in the water and you will gain a special bond with him.”
As a parent “Paul is an amazing swimming coach. He gives my son the confidence to try anything in the water. My son works so hard in the 5 days and never give up. Paul has a very special way of getting everything from the kids. He has been working with my son since he was 3 years old and we continue to see such significant improvements. I find the intensive sessions so beneficial. It helps to focus attention and gives the children something to work on within a short space of time. Paul gives clear goals and he has an amazing ability to see each child’s potential”. Sarah Jones
If you would like to check out what we do over in Lanzarote, we still have a limited number of spaces available for Villa development weeks in private villas or our training centre in Puerto Del Carmen. Our travel partners Camel Travel can assist you with flights, transfers and accommodation. Information available in the links.
Our diary for 2019 is almost fully booked in Lanzarote and bookings for 2020 will be released on 6th January 2019, please keep this date in mind!
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