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Swim Instructor to the Stars

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In the French seaside town of Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat, Pierre Gruneberg has managed a 58-year career as a swim instructor to the A-list from Tina Turner and Picasso to Gerard Depardieu and Stella McCartney, Paul McCartney's daughter, when she was a baby.

Most mornings, Pierre leaves his waterfront apartment at sunrise, jogs or bicycles 20 minutes to work, then caps off his day with a one-mile swim in the Mediterranean. Regardless of his students' age or renown, they're mostly beginners, so every Gruneberg lesson begins next to the flower-rimmed pool, not in it.

His method involves a plastic salad bowl, which he fills with water so that his pupil, face submerged, can master the rhythms of relaxed breathing before advancing to the pool. The copyrighted technique ( is described in his book How to Be Happy in Water, which he gives to students.

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