Total Immersion Coach Certification
Total Immersion is not only a revolutionary way to teach and practice swimming, but a unique career opportunity as well. If you love swimming, why not make your living teaching what you love?
TI instructors are distinguished from all others both by their ability to teach anyone to swim well, and their capacity to inspire students to real passion for swimming and launch them on a Kaizen (Continuous Improvement) swimming path.
Why Become a TI Teaching Professional?
Your most important motivation should be:
(1) a deep passion for TI Swimming and a desire to share it with others;
(2) a desire to advance your own practice and mastery by teaching others;
(3) the knowledge of how satisfying it can be to help others learn an essential life skill.
Naturally, it's equally important that you be able to earn a good living doing what you love. Build a successful small business as a swimming instructor and coach!
What is the cost?Tuition for the 5-day Teacher Training course is £1,440.
(There is an additional $50 processing fee collected at the time applications are submitted)
Our next Coach Certification Course in the UK is due to be held in Windsor from October 18th - 22nd.
What is included with tuition?
In addition to the 5 days of instruction with senior-level Total Immersion instructors, trainees will receive:
1. Pre-training documents and Coach Manual developed by Terry Laughlin specifically for new instructors
2. Performance coach shirt and silicon swim cap
3. Finis Tempo Trainer
4. A copy of the following TI titles: Perpetual Motion Freestyle (DVD), Extraordinary Swimming for Everybody (Book)
5. Flash drive including documents and templates to be used for marketing and promotion
6. Certificate of completion
1. Complete a Total Immersion Freestyle Workshop (or equivalent private instruction from a TI Coach).
2. Practice TI Drills and achieve a general sense of ease with your swimming.
3. Become familiar with drill sequence and technique presented on the Perpetual Motion Freestyle in 10 Lessons DVD
4. Become a participant on the TI Discussion Forum.
How To Apply
1. Please answer the following 5 questions:
1. Briefly tell your "TI Story" and how you became interested in teaching TI.
2. What aspects of the TI approach do you particularly identify with?
3. Who do you feel best qualified to teach? What type of swimmer(s)?
4. What are your 3 highest-value reasons for swimming?
5. What are your 3 most important swimming improvement goals.
2. Submit video using the following guidelines:
Submit video of the following drills - 20 seconds or up to 10 switches or strokes of each will suffice to demonstrate level of mastery. When done, upload video files to YouTube or another video hosting service.
For each drill we'd like to see these views:
Side Underwater (if possible)
3. Resume and References:
Include any life experiences that may have helped prepare you for the goals you describe above. We're interested not strictly - or even primarily - in formal swim coaching or teaching experience, but anything that could help be an effective teacher and/or be successful in operating a teaching business. This could include other teaching experience, practice or coaching/teaching experience in other sports and movement arts - including dance or martial arts, of forms of bodywork such as yoga, Pilates or massage, as well as any pertinent business experience. Please be sure to include 3 references (at least 1 professional) that we may contact.
How To Submit Application
Send the following in an email to email@example.com
(1) Answers to 5 questions - saved as a Word document or PDF - attached to email
(2) Resume and References - saved as a Word document or PDF - attached to email
(3) Link(s) to videos - pasted into body of email
(4) Personal information (full name, phone, email, mailing address)
(5) Be sure to include "Teacher Training Application" in the subject field
Please note: each applicant will be subject to a background check. Payment of the $50 application fee is required prior to any application being processed. Once your application is received you will be contacted by a member of our team to make payment.
Applicants will be notified within 1 week of submitting an application. If accepted into program, applicant will be eligible to register for any of the scheduled 1 week training programs available at that time, or may defer registration for up to a year.
Please direct any questions about the program or the application process to firstname.lastname@example.org.
How will I be trained?
Your career path begins as a Certified Coach. Our instructor development program is designed to develop both teaching and people skills in small classes with personal attention. You’ll learn the fine points of how to diagnose and correct stroke flaws, and how to guide your students to mastery. We’ll cover in-pool instruction, and how to accelerate learning through subtle hands-on adjustment of head, limbs, torso – even the fingers. We’ll also cover video analysis and methods for presenting TI concepts and principles to individuals and groups.
What You’ll Learn at a TI CCC
A partial list of the TI Coaching methodologies we teach includes:
1. Command of TI Effortless Endurance Freestyle Skills (aka “Swim like Shinji”) including:
a) Balance, Lateral Stability, Body Control, Alignment
b) Relaxed-Swing ('Geometric') Recovery
c) Ear Hop/Mail Slot Entry
d) Body-driven propulsion, holding water
e) Well-tuned 2-Beat Kick
f) Seamless bilateral breathing
2) Command of critical Teaching Skills
a) Visual - (i) demonstrate all key skills and steps and the most common errors;
(ii) use video analysis to give feedback and direction
b) Manual – “Helping Hands” adjustments for drylandand in-water rehearsals and
Balance, Alignment and Switch drills
c) Verbal - (i) 'framing' of each drill or skill in the Effortless Endurance sequence;
(ii) able to prescribe a series of 3 Focal Points, and suggest a logical order
for them, for each Balance, Alignment and Switch drill; (iii) identify
types of Focal Points (muscle instructions, water sense, visualizing,
problem-solving) and give examples; (iv) succinct ‘GPS-voice’ feedback
in the pool.
(a) Create lesson menus for teaching the Effortless Endurance skills;
(b) Provide guidance for 'homework practice' during an Effortless Endurance lesson
(c) Explain the role of rehearsals, drills and Focal Points in the initial learning process.
1) Teach in workshop setting with a formal ‘script’ and timelines
2) Plan and conduct private/semi-private lessons for specific outcomes
3) Conduct video analysis for a group of 3 or more, involving all in the exchange, and prescribing corrective/Kaizen steps
4) Complete an assessment swim/set, analyze it to identify weaknesses/opportunities and outline an improvement plan
1) Articulate principles of stroke development following the Balanceà Streamlineà Propel framework for Effortless Endurance and Kaizen skill levels
2) Articulate principles of swimmer development including (i) skill, (ii)awareness, (iii) Kaizen goals following the framework of TI White-Yellow-Blue-Black Belt levels.
3) Describe and explain the five metrics (Duration, SPL,Tempo. Time, Rest Interval) and the Principle of Greater Difficulty (finding and fixing weak spots for continuous neural adaptation) in the TI Swimming Success Algorithm--and the role of metabolic adaptation in this process.Articulate the advantages of this approach over traditional training methods.
The next Coach Certification Course is being held in Windsor, near London in the UK.
The full address is St John's Beaumont, Priest Hill, Old Windsor, Berkshire, SL4 2JN.
By train/tube: The nearest station is Egham which is on the Waterloo line and journey time is approximately 40 minutes. You will need to take a Taxi from the Station for St John’s Beaumont which is approx 2.6 miles away. The National Rail on-line timetable will help you plan your journey to or from any UK destination www.tfl.gov.uk/tfl
By Air: The nearest airport is Heathrow which is only 6 miles away
By Road: St. John's is on Priest Hill (the A328), just off the A308 two miles from the M25 (Junction 13) and seven miles from the M4 (Junction 6 if you are coming from the West). If you are coming from London on the M4, turn southwards on to the M25 (signs for Gatwick). If you are coming on the M3, turn northwards on to the M25 (signs to Heathrow). On leaving the M25 at Junction 13 (Staines), or if coming on the A30, join the A308 (signs to Windsor) at the large Egham roundabout. After crossing Runnymede, turn left at the small roundabout (on to the A328 to Englefield Green) up Priest Hill. If leaving the M4 at Junction 6, take the A355 southwards (signs to Windsor); join the A308 and follow signs to Staines for about five miles. Just after Old Windsor, turn right at the small roundabout (on to the A328 to Englefield Green), up Priest Hill. St John's is about 500 yards up the hill on the right. Useful links: www.mapquest.co.uk www.multimap.com www.rac.co.uk
There are many good hotels near to the venue.
We’ve been given two suggestions nearby: Bulkeley House, Englefield Green, 01784 431287 and Coopers Lodge Guest House, Englefield Green, 01784 470687. Useful links: www.travelocity.co.uk www.expedia.co.uk www.octopustravel.com www.travelodge.co.uk
For more information on traveling to Windsor or questions about the application process, please contact Angela at email@example.com