Total Immersion (TI™)

Coach Training, LA with Shinji Takeuchi, Hong Kong

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.



Claire is a passionate and experienced swim coach. Her personal results in swimming and sport are amazing and it is a delight to train with her. I look forward to continuing to work with Claire and improving my stroke. I have referred quite a few people to Swimlab and no one has been disappointed

Jo Sly


Bloody amazing it has transformed my life, I absolutely love getting up at 6am to go for a swim. Would highly recommend

Paula Bredbury Macleod


Claire is a supportive, encouraging and patient swim coach. She is very intuitive and has a good sense of your limitations. The TI technique is very logical and well taught with plenty of resources.

Antonella De Rosa


Every time I get in the water now I feel an immense sense of gratitude to Claire. Her swim programs are excellent and the TI technique has made swimming an immensely enjoyable experience. She is also fantastic at keeping in contact even when the programs have finished. She is always happy to answer questions and impart her knowledge. I cant recommend Claire enough.

Harry Karadimas


Claire is a fantastic swim coach. She imparts an excellent knowledge of swimming technique and can explain herself clearly and succinctly. However, she doesn't let the technique overwhelm the session and you will get fit under her guidance! She has a friendly and approachable manner, and fosters a great group atmosphere. I credit Claire with giving me back my swim mojo, and a much improved stroke.

Tamera Lang


Fabulous program for all swim levels and Claire is an amazing coach. Very supportive, positive and dedicated.

Adam Pantle


Claire offers great, consistent coaching for all swimmers whether beginners or advanced and she is very generous and enthusiastic with her support and advice. The atmosphere she creates in her swim squads is also really friendly and encouraging. I highly recommend her!

Victoria Stilwell


Claire is very patient and uses lots of techniques to help improve your stroke including video and photos. I have recommended Claire to all my friends and they have all enjoyed and improved.

Emma Heeley


Claire is an experienced coach who brings fun, fitness and a true understanding of the mechanics of good swimming to her training. She has helped those who have never swum to be regular ocean swimmers, and at the other end trains serious competitors for their next race. Whatever swim journey you are on, you will benefit and gain from Swimlab..!

Christine Conolly


Claire is a fantastic TI coach with a keen eye to catch and remedy your stroke quirks. Her ongoing attention at the squads has transformed my technique and joy of swimming.

Colin Kropman

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