Swim Skill Sets

These are the general Swim Skill Sets TI organizes swim instruction according to:

  • Level B – Removing Fear to Discover Comfort and Confidence in the Water.
  • Level 1.1 – Discovering Effortless Endurance Thru Balance And Streamline
  • Level 1.2 – Discovering Easy Speed Thru Synchronized Whole-Body Propulsion
  • Level 1.3 – Discovering Personal Swim Metrics
  • Level 2.0 – Advanced Personal Swim Metrics For High Performance

Level B – “Trust And Comfort”

Discover Comfort and Confidence in the Water

Level B is a right place to start. At this level we remove fear that prevents you from getting in the water and enjoying it. In this level we learn to trust the water and relax in it. We acquire the skills for submerging the face underwater, for trusting the water to hold the body up, for learning to move with the water rather than against it (just like those amazing fish-like children we see playing in the pool). Really, that is a good description- learning to play, because it is through play and exploration that water becomes a friend.


  • Floating
  • Breathing comfortably while floating
  • Submerging the head
  • Moving in the water smoothly
  • Basic balance skills
  • Trusting the water to carry your body.

Level 1.1 – “Effortless Endurance”

Discover how to make distance easy through Balance and Streamline skills

Level 1.1 is where we introduce Balance. We learn to recognize the forces of gravity pushing down and water buoyancy pushing up- then learn to lay relaxed between them. And from this neutral, relaxed position, we lengthen the body into Streamline to prepare it for easy movement forward.

Regardless of a swimmer’s previous experience, if she is new to TI, she would start at Level 1.1. This is necessary for beginners to experts, because we find even high performance swimmers have many skills still to be discovered and more deeply developed in order for them to reach their highest potential. Many ‘naturally-talented’ swimmers may find that they already have these skills we teach, but because they are unaware of the skills they perform so naturally they cannot protect them under greater exertion nor teach them to others less-talented. This awareness and the tools of self-correction we teach are critical to optimal performance. It is to every swimmer’s benefit to start here.

Level 1.2 – Synchronized Whole-Body Propulsion

Discover how to create more speed with less energy

Level 1.2 is where we join the pieces of Balance and Streamline together and add seamless Propulsion movements using the whole body in a unified choreography. With Balance and Streamline in place a swimmer can much more easily concentrate on how to form the most effective catch, how to integrate a kick that works with the powerful rotation of the body, and to breath quick and clean. We also begin to introduce Stroke Counting which is a critical measurement for stroke improvement and training.

Level 1.3 – Basic Personal Swim Metrics

Discover advanced TI techniques to train for optimal speed and effort for the specific event you are training for.

Level 1.3 introduces swimmers to training concepts that allow each to tap into the advantages of skill-based, neuro-muscular training. Learn to use the objective measurements of Stroke Length and Stroke Rate which are the two simple mathematical variables of Speed. Learn to read what his happening inside the body to determine where your own person optimal range for various swimming events. Learn to gauge Effort Level (subjective and objective heart rate measurements), to measure performance in more effective ways than merely using a watch. And learn how to break big goals down into pieces you can measure and attain by incremental steps in a customized training plan. Ultimately, learn the satisfaction that comes from deep practice which uses mental focus, objective measurement and feedback, and powerful tools for self-correction and performance enhancement.

Level 2.0 – Advanced Personal Swim Metrics For High Performance

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