As land animals, human beings lack the aquatic skills of scaly, silver fish and snappy dolphins. Swimming doesn’t come naturally to us – but it could do. Founder of Vigour Events, Robert Hamilton offers Total Immersion coaching sessions that teaches you the fundamentals of swimming and ultimately, to become the streamlined water creature you are.
Total Immersion is a world-renowned coaching programme created by Terry Laughlin to overcome his difficulties in the water. Through his own teaching methods he won six national open water championships and completed twelve open water marathons all after the age of 50. Laughlin is an inspiration reiterating that at any age and of any level, a swimmer can achieve his goals.
Total Immersion has a long history of improving swimming stroke. Whether you are a complete novice or an accomplished triathlete in the water, all sessions begin with the same training techniques to make each individual’s stroke more fluid and efficient driving individuals to achieve their personal goals and improve their understanding of swimming in the open water driving towards achieving injury free swimming.
It is thought that traditional teaching methods of swimming have made it difficult to master the skill due to its’ exhaustive style. Often, when swimmers try to overpower the water, it is considered to be the biggest mistake. Water is denser than air and moving through it creates resistance and drag. Instead, Total Immersion teaches that we have to adapt the human anatomy to swim more like aquatic mammals thus making the body more ‘streamlined’.
The foundations of swimming begin with balance and core stability. Sinking and uncontrolled movement are the main issues in swimming and result in rapid energy loss. From the first coaching session you can master balance, stability and body alignment to make you feel weightless in the water. Total Immersion teaches that by integrating your arms and legs with your core, which is naturally the most powerful part, the energy flows through the entire body rather than just from the arms and legs. The core is stabilised and focused which allows you to generate more power in the water.
Total Immersion attributes the Japanese philosophy Kaizen to their coaching sessions. By taking small and steady steps, they believe you can make great and lasting changes to your swimming technique. After all, Rome was not built in a day. By increasing a small element in your training regime, you can assess how
It impacts your performance and build yourself up over time.
Whether you are a beginner or an athlete looking to improve your endurance, speed or performance goals Total Immersion uses a unique technique that will make you feel more energised in your body and mind.
Take a look at the TI website below showing you various case studies and tried and tested methods of swimming.
If you are looking to improve your technique and want to work towards injury free swimming then contact Robert Hamilton at Vigour Events on 0333 5777946.