How do you feel at the end of a swim? A Total Immersion swimmer feels more energised at the end than at the start.
They do this by working with the water, instead of fighting against it. As humans are not aquatic animals, it is natural for us to sink in water, and our instinct is to fight for survival.
For many people, this involves switching on muscles and pushing water away; even once they feel confident in the water, the habit of churning limbs continues: pulling the arms and kicking the feet as hard as possible.
Total Immersion is about increasing efficiency – covering a greater distance in the water while reducing the energy used. Achieving this requires us to engage our mind and our body differently to the ‘traditional’ approach to swimming
Total Immersion provides a structured approach to an effortless swimming technique, based on four core skills.
Successful learning involves sensing the water around you, and your body’s position and movement; switching muscles off rather than switching them on; always engaging your whole body, from head to toe.
Each stroke you take in the pool reinforces muscle memory. Each stroke you take that is not efficient will make it harder to replace existing muscle memories with new ones.
When you practise Total Immersion, you learn from every stroke. If the feedback from a stroke is positive, build on that success with the next stroke. If a stroke doesn’t achieve what you wanted, work out what you need to do differently with the next stroke.
Recent research has demonstrated that the brain has the potential to continue to grow during adulthood. Total Immersion enables people to use that potential to gain the change in mindset that is needed to achieve life goals that might otherwise remain out of reach. The mental skills that you develop as a TI swimmer can be transferred to learning any skill more effectively in other areas of life.