Total Immersion Swimming Technique

The total immersion swimming technique was developed by an American swimming coach named Terry Laughlin. The total immersion swimming technique strives to teach swimmers the most efficient natural stroke possible. Unlike many other swimming methodologies, the total immersion swimming technique seeks to get the swimmer through the water as quickly as possible rather than as quickly as possible. The total immersion swimming technique is comprised of four essential skills.

  1. Balance. The total immersion swimming technique emphasizes the need to stay balanced in the water. If the body is not level it will create drag, which slows the swimmer down and leads to fatigue. The easiest way to reduce drag is to keep your head low in the water and your feet high in the water.
  2. Active Streamlining. This total immersion swimming technique works in conjunction with balance to reduce drag. Active streamlining requires the swimmer to make his or her body as long as possible to reduce drag. This method involves the swimmer reaching to a central point in front of the body to stretch the limbs as far as possible.
  3. Rhythmic Weight Shifts. By shifting the body back and forth a swimmer can use his or her own natural weight to help propel them through the water. This total immersion swimming technique is more efficient than relying solely on force for propulsion.  When done correctly, this will help active streamlining as well.
  4. Friction. Discover which strokes create the most friction between the water and your limbs. This total immersion swimming technique emphasizes that swimmers should try to hold their place in the water rather than simply pushing forward. 
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