TI Effortless Endurance Freestyle Weekend Workshop:

San Francisco Bay/San Jose, CA - August 10-11, 2024


LOCATION: Corinthian Grand Pool, 96 N 3rd Street, San Jose CA 95112. (Former location of the San Jose Athletic Club). 

TUITION: $595.00/person.  Note: This workshop has Thursday and Monday evening virtual Zoom classes in addition to Saturday and Sunday in-person instruction with live swim coach.



COACH BIO/CONTACT:  TI Senior Coach Stuart McDougal818-406-4213, mindbodyandswim@gmail.com

DESCRIPTION: This two-day course takes you through Total Immersion foundational drills and methods for full stroke mechanics, resulting in a freestyle that is faster, easier, and more efficient. We have worked with athletes from beginner to collegiate, Olympian, channel swimmers and pro triathletes.

New and improved workshop format adhering to all Covid CDC recommended safety guidelines. All activities (swim, rehearsals, on-deck video review) will be at an outdoor pool setting. Indoor classroom sessions will be over Zoom. You will be immersed in the following:

1. Cooperate with Gravity - Most swimmers fight gravity trying to stay on top of the water. We teach you to find your natural equilibrium by sinking into weightlessness. Learning to relax into the water breaks the "survival- stroking" cycle, and frees your arms and legs for more efficient use. Learning to access and work with, not against, external forces is the goal. 

2. Take the Path of Least Resistance - Once you understand that you must swim "through the water" -- and mindful that water is almost 800 times denser than air -- we teach you to reshape your entry approach to minimize drag, cutting through the water like a torpedo in good swim posture.  Each stroke moves you farther and faster with less effort while conserving energy.

3. Swim with your Body - Conventional thinking about swimming treats the body as having an “arms department” that pulls you forward and a “legs department” that pushes you forward. In Fishlike Freestyle, you swim with your whole body in coordinated movements. We'll teach you to propel with a simple 2-beat kick, relaxed and rhythmic weight shifts, rather than arm-and-leg churning.   

4. Breathe Easy Once your body is aligned in good posture and stable in the water and easy forward propulsion is achieved, we teach you the mechanics of breathing easily as you swim. No more raising the head to take a breath, exhaustive breathlessness, or worries about choking. The air is free, take all you need, we will show you how.

BASE SCHEDULE (Subject to minor revisions):
*** Please note this workshop will be held in an outdoor pool, heated to approximately 82 degrees ***

1. Thursday Eve (before workshop), 6:00 pm: Zoom classroom with group. Presentation and overview, the science and physics of swimming, video examples and expectations (1 hour)

2. Saturday morning 8:00 am - 12:00 pm pool: First pool session, balance and stability skills, building the foundation of freestyle (and all strokes) and integrating into easy freestyle

3. Sunday morning 9:00 am - 12:00 pm pool: Focus on integrating new movement patterns and foundation of balance into freestyle, seamless breathing, tempo, addressing targets and goals for each swimmer. 

4. Monday Eve (after workshop), 6:00 pm: Zoom classroom with group. Final video review, Q & A

For the classroom: Ultra Efficient Freestyle Users Guide sent to you at registration.  Pen and notepad.

For the pool: An extra suit and towel if you want dry ones for the afternoon swim, an extra pair of goggles.  We recommend that male students wear Speedo-type brief, jammer or close-fitting triathlon swim shorts, rather than loose-fitting swim trunks, which can make balance even more of a challenge.  Sunscreen and/or rash guard.

LUNCH:  Bring a light snack and drink, to enjoy during short breaks while reviewing swimmer videos on deck.

LODGING:  There are many hotels in the area.  Sites such as www.hotels.com frequently offer discounts for some of the hotels or resorts.

CANCELLATION POLICY: For cancellations at least 10 days prior to the scheduled workshop, a 50% refund can be provided or a transfer to a later workshop with Mind Body and Swim within one year.  No refund will be issued for cancellations less than 10 days prior to the scheduled workshop.  In the event of a medical or travel emergency less than 10 days before the workshop, you may transfer to another workshop with Mind Body and Swim within one year, a transfer fee of $75 may apply.  If you are traveling from out of state or a long distance, event insurance is recommended and available for purchase for $30 at registration.

QUESTIONS:  Call Mind Body and Swim at 818-406-4213 or email us at mindbodyandswim@gmail.com