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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 (thegrunebergmethod.com) is described in his book How to Be Happy in Water, which he gives to students.

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