Swim School Winter 2022
9-week Technical Swim Coaching
January 9th to March 13th 2022 (excluding 13th February)
5 - 6 pm
Castle Rock School, Coalville
Led by BTF Level 3 coach and former British Triathlon Olympic High-Performance Coach Mark Pearce, this unique swim programme takes you through all the aspects of improving your front crawl stroke for triathlon and open water swimming. These sessions are heavily coached with up to 4 coaches on the poolside each week, analysing and feeding back to you.
This session is completely technique focussed, beginning with improving aspects such as:
- Breathing and breath control
- Improving your body position
- How to use your legs effectively (this may mean using them less)
- Optimising your alignment
- Understanding how rotation affects your stroke
- Correct timing of your stroke.
- The propulsive parts of your stroke with the catch and pull through.
- Understanding how your stroke rate impacts your speed.
I have been swimming at ITT Swim schools for a fair period now. My technique has improved immeasurably in that time. ITT have a strong supportive yet challenging environment that gives you quality feedback whilst pushing you to progress. I highly recommend coming alongby Neil
I have found attended the technical swim school session absolutely brilliant. Being able to break down & practice each part of my stroke has improved my swimming 100%. It has also helped my confidence in the water. Great facilities, staff & pool.by Sharon
If you have been on one of our courses before, the content will be very familiar, we use a consistent set of drills and exercises tailored to the session.
Does this mean you don't need to do it?
Of course not. Due to the way we coach these sessions the content is always relevant, it's a great way of re-enforcing the key messages.
The diagram on the right demonstrates the process, of constant evolution, complete the cycle then go round again, getting a little better at each aspect as you go. Everyone learns something new each time.
Week 10 Autumn 2021
Check out what week 10 was like in our Autumn 2021 course, what we covered and how we go about it.
Frequently Asked Questions
Who is this aimed at?
This session caters to novice swimmers who can swim a few lengths up to competent age-group swimmers in regular swim training.
How do I sign up?
Using our Team Up app you can choose a suitable lane for your ability and register for the course. You will receive an email shortly after outlining how you sign in to our member's areas for the additional content. Using the button below will take you directly there.
How do I know which lane to sign up for?
Each lane has a guideline pace, this is a time per 100m that you would be able to hold for a continuous swim of ~20min. If in doubt, time a swim for 20m and see how far you go. then work out the time per 100m. Alternatively, drop us a message and we will help you work it out.
What are the paces for each lane?
When you click through to book now, you will need to select a lane, there is a description of the guide paces for each lane there.
Generally, the slowest we can cater for is ~2'45 per 100m and the fastest ~1'30per 100m.
What happens if I can't make a session?
If you are unable to make a session you will still receive the emails with the session details, and the links to all the video information, so you can try to do it on your own when you can, but you won't get the feedback and direct instruction from the coaches.
Will I need any equipment?
As a minimum, you will need:- fins and a pull buoy. Paddles will be used fairly often too. A snorkel will come in useful in some sessions.
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After years of triathlon racing my cycling and running was improving each season but my swimming was at a standstill, no matter what I tried it just wasn’t improving at all, that's when I decided to sign up to ITT Swim School with Mark and his coaching team.
ITT swim school sessions are a great set with a coach for each lane and swimmers of similar ability in each lane, there’s no overcrowding and plenty of space, the coaches are friendly and they give you loads of feedback and advice during the session and are always happy explain in detail how and why the drills/swim sets we are doing that session will help improve our swimming technique both in the pool and open water.
Since attending these sessions even with numerous breaks for covid related lockdowns I’ve taken over 2/3 minutes of my 1.2 miles swim time, I’m swimming more effectively and relaxed and I’m now getting out of the water fresh ready to jump on my bike and go.by Lisa
I joined the swim school as a below-average swimmer, determined to meet the Age Group Aquathlon qualifying standards, despite being 15+ seconds per 100m off the pace.
The knowledge and experience of Mark and the other coaches, together with the support of my lane buddies have seen a significant improvement in my times and I’m thrilled to have achieved qualifying status - with a healthy buffer of time to spare. It’s been a great investment, paying great dividends. (I’m the current British Aquathlon champion for my age group - and that's something I never thought I would say!).by Fiona
After just over a year in Swim School, I have massively improved as a swimmer in technique and efficiency enabling me to compete in triathlons and not burn too much energy in the swim discipline.
The school is for all levels from novice to elite, all the coaches are very encouraging and professional.
Most importantly I have met some amazing new like-minded friends along the way which makes the classes and the culture even more enjoyable for any level of swimmer.by Richard
Going to weekly ITT Swim sessions, for me, has provided the structure & consistency needed to improve my swimming. Something in a public pool environment is very hard to replicate, with ITT it’s fun and easy! highly recommend it.by Darren