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*How to be Happy in Waterİ
Pierre's carefuly developed course is currently featured in a marvelously designed limited edition paper back book published by Speedo, titled, "How to be happy in water, the Gruneberg Method by Pierre Gruneberg." The title is Pierre's intellectual property right and is copyrighted.
CREDITS: The author is Jessica Berens on behalf of Pierre Gruneberg. The photographer is Martin Bruno. The photographic producer is Chantal Webber. The archived photography is Pierre Gruneberg. The Location is the Grand Hotel du Cap-Ferrat and St. Jean-Cap-Ferrat 06230. The design is Simone Wagener, Fallon, London The Creative Director is Richard Flintham of Fallon, London. The Print is Good News Press. The book is produced by Sputnik Communications for Speedo International LTD.
It is not our intention to "give away the keys to the kingdom." Even in this field of swimming instruction there are copy cats who really do not credit nor honor the intellectual property of others. Consequently, this "course" description will summarize some details of numerous articles already in print about Pierre's genius.
Suffice it to say, although not "rocket science," Pierre's method works because his vast experience in swimming instruction is unmatched for its attention to detail. If one cannot breathe comfortably in the water, one cannot truly "swim."
That's what his course is all about. That's why Pierre developed and perfected the "Salad Bowl" technique. In 1950, one year after Pierre arrived at the Grand Hotel du Cap (It has had several names over the decades, like the Bel Air, as it has survived the cycles of hotel economics), Pierre had his "Salad Bowl Method" in place and at work. The word began to spread that it was possible to learn to swim and overcome one's fear of water "without getting more than one's face a little wet."
After mastering simple "salad bowl" breathing, Pierre introduces the student to the shallow end of the pool at the steps to practice the other techniques necessary to "waterproof" one's self. Once the student can demonstrate the necessary mastery of all the items in Pierre's "kit" and the salad bowl, they are ready to begin serious drills using nose and mouth to control breathing in water. The eyes receive a great deal of attention before "goggles" are introduced. Goggles are necessary at the Grand Hotel du Cap pool because it is a salt water pool, as is a great deal of the rest of the water in the world which covers over seventy percent of our earth. The exercises begin with simple floating, gliding, beginner's crawl, then advanced crawl training, then mask training and finally snorkel training.
Pierre concludes his training only when the student can demonstrate their "comfort" and their "waterproof-ness" in the water.
Unfortunately, through teen-age pranks or in accidents, where non-swimmers are dunked or "tossed" into water over their heads, they are left with a fear of water and panic in it. Pierre, uniquely, can conquer that fear and eliminate that panic.
Children under the age of three are unable to comprehend the breathing discipline. However, Pierre is quick to point out that even a baby's natural instinct is to open its eyes under water and if calm will not swallow water. Babies can be taught to float on their backs or stomachs when relaxed. It is never too early to start to learn how to swim.
As Pierre states in his "Speedo" book:
"A frightened mother will communicate her fear to her child while a calm mother will more easily help her baby to have fun in the water."
Pierre's course can teach anyone to swim. For over 50 years, he has been doing just that - better than anyone else in the world.
The pictures and text in this website are under copyright to Pierre Gruneberg and published herein with his permission. They may not be reproduced or printed in any manner without the express permission of Pierre Gruneberg. The web site design is the work of Marvin R. Osburn and has been approved by Pierre for publishing in this format. This site is dedicated to Pierre and to all those students who were able to conquer their fear of water and learned how to swim using his patented technique, "The Salad Bowl Methodİ." Pierre's patented method of swimming instuction is also known as "The Gruneberg Methodİ." Site last edited on 011508.