FDS Coaching
Form...Distance...Speed!
Adult swimming instruction in Colorado's Front Range
Certified Senior Coach
Brian Vande Krol
I’m what’s known as an “Adult-Onset Swimmer”.  This gives me recent perspective to understand the struggles of an adult who wants to swim better.

Although I learned to swim at an early age, and even competed on my 9th grade swim team (the slowest team in my city of 4 schools), I never got serious about swimming until I started competing in triathlon in 2005 at the age of 43.  During my first year as a triathlete I struggled just to get out of the water.  I wasn’t slow, but I expended way too much energy to complete the swim, leaving little for the bike and run.  It didn’t seem right that I could be in good shape for biking and running, but that I should suffer so badly on the swim.  The hordes of swimmers that passed me certainly didn’t look any stronger than me.  I continued to work harder and harder at swimming, with little improvement.  It seemed that it would be forever before I would be fit enough to complete a swim with enough energy to run to the bike and perform well on the bike and run.


Enter Total Immersion.  When I discovered Total Immersion, it made so much sense!  Technique was the obvious missing element of my swim training.  As I improved my balance and learned to swim through a small hole in the water, swimming became much easier.   My newfound enthusiasm transformed me into an eager student of Total Immersion methods and philosophies. I became a regular contributor to the TI Discussion forum.  Terry Laughlin, founder of Total Immersion read my posts and was impressed by my grasp of the concepts discussed.  He suggested that I become a Total Immersion Teaching Professional, and in December, 2006, I studied under Terry to gain my certification.  I’ve been teaching adults to swim ever since then.  I enjoy "spreading the love” of swimming to others. 

My own swimming continues to improve.  In September, 2007, I competed at Ironman Wisconsin (see video), which includes a mass start of 2400 swimmers for a 2.4 mile swim.  By relaxing and employing a variety of focal points throughout the swim, I beat my goal time for the swim and emerged from the water feeling great.

On the other end of the swimming spectrum, I competed in a Master’s Swim meet in December of 2007.  I swam the 100 IM, 200 IM, 50 Butterfly, and 50 Free, taking 3rd place in 3 of the 4 events (disqualified in the 200 IM for an illegal turn).  This was only 2 ½ months after learning Butterfly!  Compared to the Ironman swim, these are very short, intense races.  Once again, by staying relaxed and employing focal points, I beat my seed times in each race, and swam faster than I thought possible!

My experience with Total Immersion, and the experience of my students demonstrates that there is a smarter way to swim, and TI is that way!


About Brian Vande Krol
Total Immersion Senior Coach