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Creating excellent swimmers, one stroke at a time.

~ Mediterra International Swimming ~

2015 – May

Open Water Swim Camp

Kaş, Turkey

2014 – September

Open Water Swim Camp

Çıralı, Turkey

2013 – September

Open Water Swim Camp

Kaş, Turkey

2013 – September

Open Water Swim Camp

Çıralı, Turkey

Quick Calendar of Events

Open-Water Swim Camps

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2015 – May
  • 27-31 May – Kaş, Turkey   FINISHED
2015 – June/July
  • 14-20 June – Çıralı, Turkey   FINISHED
  • 28 June to 4 July – Kaş, Turkey   FINISHED
2015 – August
2015 – September/October

 Private Camps

Group Workshops

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2015 – February
  • 21-22 February – Triathlete Workshop – Istanbul, Turkey   FINISHED
2015 – March
  • 7-8 March – Veddige, Sweden   FINISHED
2015 – April
  • 4-5, 7-9, 11-12 April – Moscow, Russia   FINISHED
2015 – May
  • 9-10 May – Istanbul, Turkey    FINISHED
2015 – October

Private Workshops

TI Coach Training Camps

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2015 – March
  • 4-9 March – Veddige, Sweden  FINISHED
2015 – July
2015 – November
  • (in planning) November – Spain
2016 – February
  • (in planning) February – Sweden or Italy

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Training Opportunities

Mediterra offers several training opportunities: swim camps, group workshops, private workshops, our Online Coaching Program, and video analysis service.

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Online Coaching Program

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Total Immersion

Featuring only certified Total Immersion instruction – the most widely tested and proven 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

 

Swim Camp

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

Smooth Strokes Blog

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

Online Coaching

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

Why We Do What We Do

 

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.

Total Immersion is…

1)  A high-performance, low-energy 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.

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2)  A powerful 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. It is based on the latest understanding from neuro-science 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 and of physiology and of 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 life 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 science, the logic and efficacy of TI’s approach.

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3)  A set of inspirational 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.

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4)  A global 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 aspects of TI because they are inherent in everything we do. And 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.

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Read more about Total Immersion on the official TI website.

Why Mediterra International Swimming?

[From Head Coach Mat Hudson]

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Because of Total Immersion swimming I found myself swimming better in mid-life than I ever could 20 years prior. I found myself with enviable ease and skill that others were asking me to teach. I found myself swimming in the marvelous Mediterranean Sea with exceptionally clear and mild conditions – yet virtually no one was here enjoying it with me. I had to see more people coming to enjoy the advantages of the Total Immersion technique in such wonderful water!

So I launched Mediterra International to create Total Immersion training opportunities for people to:

  • Transform their swimming abilities, confidence, and sense of potential.
  • Introduce the power and pleasure of deep practice.
  • Invite them into the wonder and inspiration of open-water swimming.
  • Use swimming to teach mental skills that could be used in the larger context of life.

Read more about Mediterra International, and about Coach Mat Hudson.

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Why Open-Water Swimming?

Since moving to Turkey in 2008 I have fallen in love with open-water swimming. With the advantages afforded me with my advanced Total Immersion technique, I found myself swimming farther and farther, in a wider range of conditions, and loving it more than ever. Noting that the planet surface is nearly 2/3 water,  I realized we have only begun to experience the wonder of it that begins right there on every shore.

Though I teach all four strokes and enjoy training in a pool myself – which is where the vast majority of people will practice – there is a powerful draw and satisfaction in developing the skills, fitness and attitude to make ‘wild water’ (natural waterways) our best swimming home. By growing in understanding and entering a process of mental and physical adaptation we can enjoy more waterscapes more seasons of the year.

By practicing year-round in the sea myself, and gradually expanding my own skills and confidence in a wider range of challenging conditions, I am guiding others into this love and competence for open-water swimming.

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