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When asked what my training objectives are this is what I prefer to say: "I train to achieve a state of flow - I want to enter into it quickly, restore it more quickly when disrupted, sustain it for longer periods of time, at a wider range of distance, speed, and...read more
Recently a swimmer in our Dojo wrote about encountering his former swim coach at the pool. She happened to observe his latest stroke, admired a few points and then began to give him some advice, urging him to change certain things. Upon reflection this advice caused...read more
This blog has been going for over 7 years, and has gathered over 450 posts on mindful swimming and related topics. From time to time I've been asked when I will compose a book out of some of it. Blogs tend to keep attention on the latest post while good stuff gets...read more
Training Events On Calendar
Regular training groups will continue.
We are considering some special events this month.
July 29-30 – Freestyle Workshop – Portland, Oregon (in planning)
August 26-27 – Freestyle Workshop – Jefferson, Oregon (in planning)
October 6-7 – Freestyle Workshop – Portland, Oregon (in planning)
October 16-20 – Mind And Metrics Swim Camp – Tuscany, Italy (in planning)
Join the online Mediterra Swim Dojo to learn how to think, plan and practice as your own best coach along the TI advanced training path. 3 levels of membership, and several training course to choose from.
Coach Mat will create a personalized training program for you – which may include live training, video analysis, test swim analysis and a guided, online training plan customized to your personal needs.
Featuring only certified Total Immersion instruction – the most widely tested and proven adult swim improvement program in the world. We can help any human swim smarter, better and faster with the TI method and tools.
Compliments for Mediterra
I don’t think I thanked you properly for the mentoring you gave me in Kaş. I think your ability to break things down and explain drills in a relaxed, fun and easy to understand way is a real gift! It no doubt made a huge difference in how I absorbed the info and applied it. The fellow Swedish swimmers made the week all the more fun too! That training week will be a highlight I will remember for a long time! No longer do I feel anxious about training and attempting longer open water swims – I look forward to them!!Dave B - Austalia
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You have been a tremendous help to me with your answers to my questions and also the wisdom in your blogs. Most of all I think you have helped me realize to take pleasure in simple accomplishments and the goal of trying to swim just a little better than the last time I was in the pool.Sherry - USA
The greatest thing I have received from the relationship so far was the physical experience of mindful swimming. Terry talks about it, I read about it in your blog, but it didn’t quite click. With your encouragement, I did it, I felt it, and it opened my mind. I hope this learning will stay with me forever.Isaac - Mexico
I appreciate the saying, “make a promise, keep the promise.” And you did (like not so many people) since you promised ‘a method’ to progress and you delivered.Massimo - Italy
Just a quick not to say thank you very much for a great week. It was the right balance of training v swimming for me, as needed a rest too. Your passion for swimming and TI is commendable and I found your instruction excellent, getting ‘the catch’ was a major breakthrough for me amongst lots of other small pointers.G.M. - UK
What Is Total Immersion Swimming?
It can mean different things to different people because it represents many things depending on what they have observed or experienced in our training.
Let me explain.
An Efficient Stroke Technique
Because many people have seen the famous TI Coach Shinji video on Youtube, or seen one of the Total Immersion swimming DVDs they first think TI is a distinctive stroke style (especially in freestyle or crawl stroke). These people may point to someone swimming and ask, “So, is this a TI stroke?” or, “Does that person use a TI stroke?” While a distinctive stroke does emerge from the training, this is not the main objective – creating the most effective stroke for the least amount of energy expense is.
Total Immersion is obsessed with constructing the most energy efficient stroke for any stroke style, in any short or long distance event. The distinctive stroke is just a natural product of human bio-mechanics coming into the safest, most efficient pattern of synchronized motion. Physics and physiology will compel the swimmer to adopt certain distinct patterns when those principles are followed. Energy efficiency translates into a faster stroke, and one that lasts longer. More importantly, it translates into an injury-free stroke, and efficiency feels awesome. The body and the brain love efficient movements. TI makes swimming more enjoyable than you though possible.
A Effective Teaching/Learning Method
More than the stroke itself, Total Immersion represents a method for teaching and learning that is unique to the world of swim instruction, and we argue, far more powerful in creating exceptional swimmers, especially among those who are ‘not gifted’ at swimming.
TI is based on the latest understanding from neuroscience and brain-friendly learning methodology used in many other intense sports and arts disciplines on land. The learning method follows the ordered principles of physics, physiology and psychology to build a swimmer who works well with the forces of nature outside the body as well as swim in harmony with the flow of energy and motivation inside the body. This neurologically-sensitive methodology is what sets Total Immersion coaching apart from all other swim instruction providers, though, no doubt most are as earnest about helping you improve your swimming.
Doctors, therapists and other health professionals, as well as engineers and science-minded people among our swim students readily recognize and are drawn to the logic and efficacy of TI’s approach.
An Inspiring Set Of Training Values
In addition to abiding carefully with physics and a well-supported understanding of how the human body and mind work, Total Immersion swimming provides a set of values and principles in the way of the Japanese concept of kaizen – what we translate as “continual personal improvement”.
As TI swimmers and coaches we may summarize these values:
- Swim with excellence in efficiency.
- Swim without injury to body or mind.
- Seek more enjoyment in our learning process and activity.
- Continually seek challenge and growth in our physical and mental capabilities.
- Be life-long learners, life-long swimmers.
A Global Kaizen Community
And, around this priority of efficiency, around this methodology of teaching and learning, around this set of values we have a steadily growing global community of dedicated swimmers and certified coaches (i.e. coaches who practice everything they teach!). These swimmers appreciate seeking out the company and experience of others who value the same in their athletic pursuits.
Total Immersion provides a world-wide network of tens of thousands of swimmers and over 300+ certified coaches in 40+ countries, with many, many more following silently, unofficially on their own. By participating in any live (certified) Total Immersion training event you will be exposed to these features of TI because they are inherent in everything we do.
Whether you simply seek some help to gain more ease, endurance, and speed, or deeper personal improvement, you will undoubtedly experience the benefits of being coached by those who are dedicated to teaching and practicing this way of swimming, this way of thinking, this way of being.
Read more about Total Immersion on the official TI website.
Why Mediterra International?
For The Love Of Teaching
After discovering Total Immersion swimming in 2001 began swimming better in mid-life than I ever could 20 years prior as a youthful competitor. I found myself with enviable ease and skill that others were asking me to teach. Eventually, I moved to Turkey and found myself swimming longer and longer in the Mediterranean Sea with exceptionally clear and mild conditions – yet virtually no one was there enjoying marvelous swimming in that incredible environment. I had to see more people coming to enjoy the advantages of the Total Immersion technique and then enjoy it in such wonderful water!
In 2009 I launched Mediterra in order to create Total Immersion training opportunities for people want to:
- Transform their swimming abilities, confidence, and sense of potential.
- Learn the power and pleasure of deep practice.
- Increase their wonder and inspiration for open-water swimming.
- Learn teach mental skills that are used in the larger context of life.
For The Love Of Open Water
Upon moving to the Mediterranean Coast of Turkey in 2008 I fell in love with open-water swimming. I was already pleased with the results the Total Immersion technique gave me in the pool, then I discovered how those skills giving me a marvelous foundation for swimming in open water. I found myself eager to swim farther and farther, in a wider range of challenging open-water conditions, and my enjoyment increased.
Our planet’s surface is nearly 2/3 water. We have only begun to experience the wonder of it that begins right there on every shore. I teach and practice all four strokes and enjoy training in a pool myself – which is where the vast majority of people will practice – yet there is a powerful draw and satisfaction in developing the competence and confidence to make ‘wild water’ (natural waterways) our favorite swimming home. Through a process of gentle, gradual mental and physical adaptation we can enjoy more aqua-scapes more seasons of the year. From my own year-round practice in ‘wild water’ I love guiding others into the safe, competent enjoyment of open water swimming.
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