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Streak 10-23-2017 05:24 PM

Sad news - RIP Terry
I just read a post by Shinji Takeuchi on his Facebook page about the passing of Terry Laughlin.

My condolences to his family.

tomoy 10-23-2017 09:43 PM

Sad news indeed. To both family and extended TI family - a great positive influence on many many lives. Already deeply missed.

daveblt 10-23-2017 11:30 PM

I can't believe it . I'm so very sorry to hear of this . My condolences also to the whole family .


Grant 10-24-2017 02:32 AM

Shocking news indeed. My condolences to his family. I am very sorry for your loss. Grieve well.
Love and Gratitude.

borate 10-24-2017 03:34 AM

s.sciame 10-24-2017 09:02 AM

It's a sad day. Terry gave me one of best presents of my life which is for good: the love for swimming. I could never thank him enough for this.


In his blogs, Laughlin recounted his most memorable swimming experiences. “They happened in swimming treks – swims that belong on any swimmer’s bucket list. During these I explore a part of Planet Water to which access is granted to only a few. Think of these as a swimmer’s Mount Everest – one that puts you in far more exclusive company , at the fraction of expense, and no risk of falling into a crevasse or being caught in an avalanche. Such an experience is made far richer when shared with friends in a beautiful natural setting.”

cc311206 10-24-2017 12:36 PM

Sad day indeed. If not for him i would not have developed my love for swimming.

He presented me with a gift that has profound impact on my remaining life. i can't thank him enough.

He shall be remembered by many for a long time.

My condolences to his family.

bujanglokal 10-24-2017 01:29 PM

Rest in Peace Terry.
I've found TI by way of Shinji's Youtube video, but Terry's explanation, always clear, easy to understand even for non-native english speaker like me which pave the way for my bit by bit improvement in freestyle. Ive got still long long way to go, but hopefully with the kaizen attitude it will improve.

IngeA 10-24-2017 01:49 PM

I'm very sorry to hear this. My condolences to his family.

Danny 10-24-2017 04:30 PM

I too send my heartfelt condolences to his family. Even though I never personally met him, he played an enormous role in my life, for which I will be eternally grateful.

Janos 10-24-2017 06:21 PM

So very sad to hear this. Think it will take a while to come to terms with the passing of such a character in swimming.
His love of swimming was infectious, and through his books he touched so many peoples lives, mine included. He inspired in them a love of swimming through his love of the sport and his eloquent and insightful writing.
He was at a triathlon expo in Manchester UK a few years ago, and I just had to go and meet him. In person he was just as passionate about TI and swimming in general, and was a very friendly and approachable guy.
He will be sorely missed, and is irreplaceable as the face of TI.

sclim 10-24-2017 07:25 PM

Echoing the experience of many others, despite never meeting him in person, I felt the strong imprint of his personality through his books, videos, blogs and frequent eloquent expressions of his philosophy and teaching methods. It is difficult to imagine a life better lived or anyone who had a greater influence on swimmers around the world.

In thinking of Terry "The Joy of Swimming*" springs to mind. Perhaps that was his greatest gift to the world.

*I realize that someone else wrote a book of that title, but the concept of swimming as a sensual joyful experience filled with learning and innate pleasure seems, to me at least. to be Terry's gift.

novaswimmer 10-25-2017 11:36 AM

After having giving up on swimming entirely because I just couldn't 'get it' ('sinkers' are at a distinct disadvantage), I came across TI videos about 4 years ago. Having read testimonies from those similar to me, I was intrigued. I bought a book, pursued more videos and scanned the forums.
I started up this pursuit again, beginning with the TI drills. Slowly I began to incorporate breathing into the stroke (a whole new challenge).

Eventually I came to swim an hour, non-stop, by using the TI approach to balance, streamline and propulsion! I'm still slow and I'm still learning (and I'm not getting any younger!). Thanks Terry, wherever you are right now! The swimming community will truly miss you.

bx 10-25-2017 05:11 PM

Very sad to hear this. Terry opened the door to a type of swimming that I would never have thought even existed. His genius was that he knew how to communicate that to a very wide audience. Terry had rock-solid integrity and maintained dignity and grace under fire from many sides. He leaves a life-enriching legacy for many thousands of swimmers.

drone 10-25-2017 06:56 PM

Truly the loss of a rare individual that made the world a better place, Terry's approach & techniques completely revolutionized my swimming, introducing an awareness that extends beyond the water. Thank you. 10-26-2017 03:12 PM

Prayers and condolences
My prayers and condolences to the Team TI and Terry's family.

I have not had the privilege of meeting Terry but his TI teachings which my swim coaches have used extensively have helped an adult onset swimmer like me to steadily improve my technique. For this I am grateful.

May his soul rest in peace.

Mike from NS 10-27-2017 11:41 PM

If not for having found Terry and Total Immersion, and from his passionate helpful replies to many questions by others (and myself) over the years, I sincerely believe that I would never have learned to swim. Condolences and prayers for his family and for Terry.

efdoucette 10-28-2017 11:39 AM

I am a late age swimmer because of Terry. Swimming has become part of my life now. Through my last 7 years of self teaching I've felt Terry's presence, he took the time to reply to my posts on this forum. A stranger that changed my life really. RIP Terry and thank you, condolences to the family.

ti97 10-29-2017 06:56 PM

What a huge shock.

I can not think of all the words to say about Terry. We met only once for a weekend, but that experience has never left me. What he told us and the way he said it hit the mark. Terry was a change agent for so many people by opening their eyes to transferable skills.

Enjoy perpetual motion my friend....see you later on the other side.

sojomojo 10-29-2017 11:33 PM

“May your laps be as happy as mine.”
Outside magazine has a very good article on the life of Terry Laughlin:

aydonald 10-30-2017 06:19 PM

I just learned this sad news. My condolences to his family, to his colleagues, to the TI community. What a superb teacher and coach and what a lovely person.

tomoy 10-31-2017 05:07 AM

Another nice article:

Streak 10-31-2017 05:31 PM

Nice. Thanks tomoy.
I braved the much cooler water temps Friday, I was one of 2 of a field of 13 not wearing a wet suit. We swam a mile in the Ocean N of San Diego. I dedicated every stroke of the swim to Terry and all the fine folks here who played such a big role in taking me from what looked drowning when I swam to where I am now.

s.sciame 11-02-2017 09:20 AM

Here's another story I liked much reading:

Really missed,

CoachStuartMcDougal 11-03-2017 06:19 PM


Originally Posted by s.sciame (Post 63813)
Here's another story I liked much reading:

Really missed,

Thanks Salvo for sharing Sea Hiker's "Tribute to Terry" - very touching piece. I had a very similar experience at coach training as Sea Hiker, both Terry and Shinji were coaching. A transformative week, one of the best weeks of my life. Terry not only develops the swimmer and coach, but the person too. He removed filters and perceptions that prevented us from becoming our best, gave us permission to view swimming and life through a much, much larger lens and invited the water and its happiness into our very soul. As Sea Hiker notes, those that felt threatened of Terry's philosophy, principles and methods - really refused to look through the larger lens of life thinking that it might somehow diminish prior accomplishments - our human and coaching insecurities.

Here's an awesome podcast from Tim Ferris who interviewed Terry in early October. It's a little over two hours but a treat and well worth your time. The last 15 mins or so are Terry's last words and thoughts while he was in the hospital - always the thoughtful, deep thinking, experimenting, solving optimist. Select this link:

66 years seems just way to young, but Terry *lived* every minute in his life. Terry touched, influenced, taught, changed, improved tens of thousands swimmers and coaches around the globe, changed the sport in such a positive and lasting way from such humble beginnings. What he accomplished in his life is far more than most of us could do in two, maybe three or more lifetimes - really incredible. Terry will be sorely missed, but his legacy will live on and continue to improve in all of us. Kaizen!

I believe TI Central will post a tribute to Terry in TI blogs soon where we will be able to share our thoughts and condolences - keep an eye out for it.

Happy laps - always


Tom Pamperin 11-15-2017 04:18 PM

Very sad--I've been off the forum for some months and returned to find this unwelcome news.

I feel very privileged to have had Terry for a teacher--the best teacher I've ever had, though I never met him in person.

I'm off to the pool to swim, and to be grateful for the gift of mindful appreciation I've learned from him. A sad day. My condolences to his friends and family.

Joniantrey 11-25-2017 02:30 PM

So sad😢, I read through his two books and DVD in 2011. RIP Terry.

dougalt 12-11-2017 06:07 PM

Text of my testimonial at the 11/18/17 Memorial Event for Terry
I was told that today was to be a Celebration of Terry's life, so....

LET’S CELEBRATE: Never being bored during a swim session.

LET’S CELEBRATE HOW, by becoming Totally Immersed in the thought processes of swimming, one is able to experience the often vaunted, but seldom achieved, “In the Zone” experience.

LET’S CELEBRATE: Sharing a Cerebral Environment, as fostered by Terry, where Questioning, Examining and Looking for Root Causes are the “Modus Operandi.”

LET’S CELEBRATE: Deriving Values from swimming in addition to, or instead of, just the numbers on a stop watch.

LET’S CELEBRATE: The Values Derived from TI swimming that benefit other areas of life.

In this vein, I Personally Celebrate: how the calming effect of the TI approach to swimming, with its Zen-like focus, has had a large positive effect on my singing, which I do for a living. Applying the concepts of Relaxation, Total Focus and the “Cocoon of Calm” has enabled me to improve my vocal technique to the extent that audiences have actually questioned me after performances to find out what I had done to improve. I posted a piece about this on the TI Forum, which Terry subsequently circulated more widely.

I Personally Celebrate: how the “Cocoon of Calm” approach enabled me to handle some tricky, dangerous situations in the ocean, which, prior to TI, would have induced high levels of panic.

My Wife Celebrates: that the calming effect of a swim session lingers with me for several hours into my other daily activities, countering my usual over-the-top, Type A personality style, to the extent that she now cheers most times when I head for the water, knowing that a much mellower husband will be returning to the house in a few hours.

I Celebrate How, learning to caress the water, instead of bashing through it, carried over to improve my Piano Playing (which I also do professionally.)
After six decades of attempting to master difficult piano pieces by beating them into submission, with all the power and intensity I could muster, I finally learned, by applying the “Less Is More” concept, to explore the subtleties of musical passages, and I found that I could back off from the muscular violence, and take the time and mindfulness to explore, and enjoy, the feel of each individual key stroke, thus enabling a completely new level of artistic, sensuous, more musical piano performance.

LET’S ALL CELEBRATE: the TI Forum, where we can meet and exchange ideas with others who are pursuing the Holy Grail of the Perfect Stroke, and, where I, for one, was able to interact memorably with Terry on an occasion when we took delight in picking apart a “scientific study” which was being ballyhooed by certain proponents of other swimming philosophies. The “study” in question purported to demonstrate that swimming with a low stroke rate, á la Total Immersion, consumes more energy than swimming at high stroke rates!

LET’S CELEBRATE: the people around Terry who helped get the TI message out - the book editors, the video technicians, and, in particular, the web-savvy folks who helped get those TI ads inserted in so many places around the internet... the ads that, without which, many of us might have sailed (or swum) right past the S.S. Laughlin, in the dark of night, never having become aware of the world of pleasure and fulfillment that can be derived from mindful swimming.

LET’S CELEBRATE: Terry Laughlin, and the great positive impact he continues to have on a very large number of people.

LET’S CELEBRATE: Terry Laughlin - a rare human being, indeed!

Danny 12-12-2017 04:13 PM

dougalt, thanks for posting your celebration. I like what you said and it reflects many of my feelings about the contributions Terry made to my life. You might want to think about getting a copy of it to Terry's family.

eytygy 12-13-2017 12:06 AM

Such profound words by dougalt, I think all of us can share all that he had to say (or have written actually). Thank you so much for expressing what we may not have expressed yet regarding Terry and his life. Terry lives on in our every stroke, and perhaps in how we even approach life and learning.

trondi 01-09-2018 09:13 AM

Terry's biggest inspiration over the years in my view was the possibly unintended outcome, in the early days, of bringing together the vaste community of solo training swimmers. Those outside the club system.

They found a shared voice from Terry on 'how to do this seemingly impossible task - of staying alive in water; of being able to move through the water without sinking; of keeping going longer than a few minutes; of going faster for less effort; how to win races as an older swimmer :)

Of course many will remember the 'golden days' advice from Terry.
- "get that swimming downhill feeling"
- "front quadrant swimming"
- "start swim races slowly and 'softly softly catchee monkey...'"

many many thanks Terry


maicaokeu94 01-10-2018 07:44 AM

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maicaokeu94 01-10-2018 07:47 AM

I can't believe it . I'm so very sorry to hear of this . My condolences also to the whole family .

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