Shane Eversfield, a Total Immersion Master Coach, offers year-round instruction at Island Health and Fitness, Ithaca, NY. This facility includes a warm pool that we use for the Level 1&2 programs and for individual instruction.
New Level 1 Program begins Tuesday, 21 May
New Level 2 Program begins Thursday, 23 May
Senior Swim Lab meets every Friday. Drop-ins welcome!
Three Levels offered for group instruction (not including Senior Swim Lab) focusing on efficient freestyle swim technique:
Each of these programs consists of one 90-minute session per week. Class sizes range from 6 to 12 swimmers. In addition, Swim Mastery Coach Shane Eversfield emails a detailed summary after each session with suggestions on what and how to practice before the next session. He frequently records (and then emails) short videos of each swimmer, with commentary.
Shane is also available for individual instruction. Contact him: email@example.com.
Please check out testimonials from a diversity of past “graduates”.
Class fee: IHF Members: $160, Non-members: $180
To register: Front Desk at Island Health and Fitness: 607.277.3861
Swim Mastery vs. Masters’ Swim
Conventional masters’ swim programs emphasize aerobic training and effort – often with little regard for technique. As aging athletes, this is a losing battle. We are just “banging our heads against the aerobic wall”. Shane flips this approach over – from Masters’ Swim to Swim Mastery.
The emphasis in Swim Mastery is a curious, mindful, intelligent approach to efficient swimming. Consider this:
- Novice swimmers are 1-3% efficient (The rest of their energy is lost to the drag and resistance they cause moving through the water)
- Elite swimmers are 9-10% efficient (That’s the Michael Phelp’s of the world)
That’s a very small point spread between the “guppies” and the “dolphins” of the human swimming spectrum.
If we can increase our efficiency by a single percentage point, we can experience profound increases in endurance and/or speed. If, instead, we focus only on pushing our aerobic limits in the water (the primary focus of most Master’s Swim programs), the results will be marginal.
Shane prefaces each Level 1 Swim Mastery Program with “I am not your coach. The water is your coach.” His role is to facilitate each swimmer to increase perceptive awareness of how s/he moves through the water. “Your lucid sensations provide you with all the guidance you need. When you team those lucid sensations with the ‘skillful means’ of your mind you possess the ultimate navigational skills to develop your optimal technique – for your goals and your ability.”
As a Total Immersion Swim Master Coach, Shane Eversfield constantly refines and evolves the methodology for Total Immersion through his locally-based Swim Mastery Programs. These methods are then implemented world-wide in the Total Immersion Coach Network.