For over a decade, Swimlab’s core coaching principles have been aligned with the Total Immersion™ swimming method, which is a US based worldwide swimming organisation.
When I took part in a weekend Total Immersion (TI™) Workshop in 2007 in Hong Kong, I was blown away by the changes in my stroke. I always remember swimming my first TI™ 25m and being surprised at my sudden speed and effortlessness. I wasn’t expecting the wall to come so quickly, I bashed my knuckles so hard, and almost swam ‘through’ the end of the pool!
As an educator, and coach of swimming my experience was a ‘light bulb’ moment. I realised how swimming could and should be coached. I was hooked and wanted in!
I love how the TI™ method flips more conventional coaching on its head, making the reduction of waste—in effort, energy, and time—the foremost consideration in its training programs and prescriptions. I love the challenge of learning how to deconstruct swimming problems as it:
- promotes learning mini skills to construct a stroke
- views ‘errors’ an invaluableway of learning
- cultivates a sense of swimming curiosity amongst its followers
- encourages the skill of FOCUS being the corner stone to swimming improvement above all else.
Finally. I feel honoured to have had the privilege of being coached by the late Terry Laughlin, and more so, to have had him as my swimming mentor for so many years.