As part of the Blackwater Triathlon Club’s ongoing commitment to improvement we regularly arrange different types of training to help keep our members fit and focused, especially over the off-season winter months. This is an opportunity for members to focus on key skills and improving their technique in each of the core triathlon disciplines. On Sunday the 30th of November, the club hosted a Total Immersion Swimming course for members. Total Immersion swimming is a method of swimming instruction, developed by Terry Laughlin, an American swimming coach. Its primary focus is to teach swimmers to move through the water efficiently. By conserving energy and focusing on balance and streamlining in the water, any energy used for propulsion becomes much more effective. Basic principles of teaching include sustainability of effort, drag reduction, vessel shaping and full body swimming. The course was run by Melissa Duncan from The Swim Studio based in Co Laois. Training covered both classroom and pool lessons. As part of the course each club member was videotaped at the start of the session, and again at the end of the day. This allowed Melissa to give each swimmer an individual valuation and critique of their swimming technique. It was also an opportunity for the participants to see the improvements accrued over the course of the day and gave them specific goals to aim for going forward. Fourteen members of the club attended the course on Sunday and all agreed that it was a very worthwhile and beneficial day.