TI Freestyle Workshops

Introduction to TI Freestyle

Level 1.0 and 2.0 Drills, Stroke Skills and Training Methods

Workshop Calendar
2016 – August
Pre-Requisites

STARTING SKILL LEVEL

During the workshop you will be introduced to the principles, the drills, the focal points, and the basic learning method. We are ready to help you whether you are new to swimming, a swimmer without technique, or an experienced swimmer.

Everyone will work through the same fundamentals because they apply to every swimmer at every level. In TI’s vast experience we know that even accomplished swimmers do not necessarily have a learning-advantage over new swimmers – old habit are often harder to break than no-habits. So, if you are new to swimming, do not be worried about ‘slowing down the others’ in the group. We require that you first attend a workshop for level 1.1 skill sets before you attend level 1.2, regardless of your experience in swimming. No one has perfected swimming, and the true masters acknowledge they are still students of the fundamentals.

The advanced skill sets (breathing, rotation, catch and kick) are ‘dependent’ skills – dependent on having some level of awareness and control over more fundamental skills first. In the first level you will learn the terms, focal points and positions which we reference in the advanced skills. You will need those for sure.

If you struggle with fear, a workshop may or may not be a suitable setting for you. In mild fear conditions, the group workshop may be an encouraging place to learn. In more serious cases we highly recommend that you take a private lesson with a certified coach. TI has a marvelous approach to helping people with fear, and the peace and pace of a one-on-one lesson may be the best way to experience your breakthrough. Contact us to ask about how a workshop may work for your needs.

STUDY THE TI FREESTYLE VIDEO

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We highly recommend that you get a copy of the TI Perpetual Motion Freestyle drill series videos (download from TI Store, $30 USD – use code coachmathudson to receive a 10% discount). By viewing and beginning to practice these drills before the workshop, you will become familiar with the drills, the body positions, the focal points, and the terminology we use in TI. This will make it even easier to learn in our workshop.

After the workshop you will find the videos an invaluable visual resource for reviewing and refining your skill – as you progress you will notice finer detail in that video that you did not notice before.

Lodging

We may be able to recommend lodging nearby our training location, or where our coaching staff is staying. You will need to make reservations directly with hotel or through an online booking service, like Booking.com.

Contact us to inquire about lodging.

Transfer

In some of our training locations, we may be able to give advice or make recommendations for transfers from the airport or train station to our training location.

Contact us to inquire about transfer information.

Workshop Overview

Our TI Freestyle Workshops are designed to give you a complete introduction to the fundamental skills for the freestyle stroke. It is the fastest, least expensive way to become familiar with the entire drill sequence and focal point sets, in a small-group setting. We maintain a ratio of 1 coach for every 5 students to protect the quality of our coaching attention.

 

A Workshop Is An Introduction

Please be aware that workshops – the Level 1.0 or the Advanced Level 2.0 – are an introduction to the skills, the drills, and the training methods. During the event you will make exciting discoveries and feel thrilling changes in your body and mind, but the real transformation will come from following the method faithfully in the weeks following. Discovering a skill may take a moment, but imprinting that skill deeply, automating it, so that it holds up under the stress of faster, farther swimming will take many weeks of deep practice.

TI is a practice not a trick. Our coaches will introduce you to that practice, and demonstrate the results of it in our own swimming.

Stroke Skills:

  • Level 1.1 – Body Position, Recovery and Streamline Shape
  • Level 1.2 – Rhythmic Breathing
  • Level 1.3 – Synchronized Propulsion – 2-Beat Kick, and the Catch
  • Advanced Level 2.0 – Developing Stroke Length and Tempo Control

Regardless of the swimmer’s background and experience we recommend that all swimmers (who are new to learning TI) start with Level 1.1 and progress through the skill sets in sequence. Progress with advanced skills is dependent on the awareness and strength in the fundamental skills.

2-Day Workshop

A full, 2-day workshop will cover two sets of stroke skills on the first day, then teach you how to more deeply imprint those deeply through specific training methods on the second day. It will include two video analysis sessions – at the beginning and near the end of the workshop. Each day provides two or three class sessions (about 1 hour each) and two pool sessions (about 90 minutes in the water each).

1-Day Workshop

A 1-day workshop will cover cover one set of stroke skills. This day provides 3 class sessions (about 1 hour each) and 2 pool sessions (about 90 minutes in the water each). There will be one video analysis session either in the middle or in the last class session.

1/2 Day Workshop

A half-day workshop will often cover a specific skill set, or a package of micro-skills selected for a specific group or need. This would provide two discussion sessions (about 1 hour each, before and after) and one longer pool session (about 2 hours with a break in the middle). Video analysis may be provided depending on the selected skill sets.

Price Including / Excluding

Included in the workshop fee:

  • Entry fee into pool facility.
  • Coaching and staffing fees.
  • Video analysis.
  • Training materials.
  • Your video files.

Not included in workshop fee:

  • Airfare to/from location.
  • Transfers to/from camp location.
  • Lodging.
  • Food and drink.
What To Bring

We recommend you bring these items to the workshop:

  • 2 swim suits (a dry one to change into after a break)
  • 2 pairs goggles (in case one breaks)
  • Swim cap
  • Towel
  • Sandals for wearing around pool and shower
  • Warm, dry attire (for break time on deck)
  • Notepad or note-taking device
  • Flash-drive (to collect your video, if done)
  • Drink in non-breakable, pool-friendly container
  • Snacks (for break time)
  • Anti-fog solution for goggles (see tip below)

Optional:

  • Rash-guard or thin swim-thermal top (for those who get cold easily)

A tip for you: Baby shampoo makes a really good anti-fog solution for your goggles. Put a little bit in a small dropper bottle and keep this in your swim bag. Put a small drop on your lens, smear, rinse gently – but leave the slightest film of soapy water on that lens – then put them on. If you rinse them too much or let them get dry you will have to do it again. Otherwise, experience has shown the goggles will stay fog-free for hours.