What Can You Do For Free?

13/08/2010 by

… well quite a lot as it turns out! Here are some good ones for starters. Mostly Sydney / Northern Beaches.

Are there free sessions in other places that people should know about? I’d love you to share by leaving a comment below.

What’s on Offer?

What? Ocean Swimming with the Bold & Beautiful
Where? Manly SLSC to Shelley and back
When? 6:45 for a 7am start, every day
Who? email Julie Isbill or 0438 36 34 52
How? Be sure to register with Julie when you arrive

What? Cycling & Running Sessions with Karmea Fitness
Where? Northern Beaches, starting in Manly
When? 7am Sunday & 7pm Thursday
Who? email TI coach Sarah Anne Evans or 0420 923 067
How? By arrangement with Sarah Anne

What? Yoga & Pilates c/o Lululemon Athletica
Where? In store at Warrhingah Mall
When? 6:30pm Tuesday & 9am Sunday
Who? Special Guest Sol Walkling on Tuesdays in August
How? Just turn up! Bring a mat if you have one.

What? Massage with TI coach Ben Wearing
Where? Balgowlah & surrounding suburbs
When? Evenings / Saturdays by arrangement
Who? email Ben to arrange a time
How? Trainee Masseur

What? Outdoor Fitness Training with Primal Fit
Where? Balmoral, Domain, Rose Bay & Others
When? Mostly mornings & lunchtimes
Who? Contact Alex Shirley via website
How? Trial Session is Free

What? Coaching with Positive Impact Consulting
Where? Your home (by phone or audio CD)
When? By arrangement
Who? Contact Amber Kay via website
How? Free coaching session, CD & great newsletter

What? Monthly Meetup for The Work of Byron Katie
Where? Sydney – members take it in turns to host
When? Saturdays from 10am to 3pm
Who? People who want to question stressful beliefs
How? Sign up for updates and information here

What? The Kindness Revolution
Where? Wherever you are!
When? Today!
Who? If YOU want to…
How? Random Acts of Kindness

There is some good stuff out there, as you can see! I have personally tried all of these services and recommend them highly. I’m hoping that at least one of them will be of interest to you.

Just to make it 100% clear it really is ok to just do the free sessions and you don’t have to ‘upgrade’ or become ‘a customer’ unless of course you enjoy it so much that you want more. Its always a risk! Most of them you can go back as many times as you like for free. Some of them not. It IS ok to make a living doing something that helps people, isn’t it?
But why do all these people bother to give their precious time and energy for no $$$ reward? I can tell you they are all jolly nice people who genuinely want to help others but I think there is more to it that that. The missing question…

… Why?

4 reasons that people offer things ‘for free’:

  • Feels great to ‘pay it forward’. Sweet…
  • Good fun to be part of a tribe – especially for the leader!
  • Perfect opportunity to develop skills & build confidence.
  • A great way to showcase services & put ‘it’ out there.

I’m sure you can have a good guess at which of these apply for each of the examples above.

What About Me?

OK its your turn! I’m inspired by all the generosity and I’d like to give away some TI goodies.

Our 2 Hour Demo is great value at $25. It is an outstanding course for anyone who is ready to rethink the way they swim. Give us 2 hours and we can help you to make some big changes in your stroke.

You can check out dates and sign up here:

Brisbane Demo

Melbourne Demo

Sydney Demo

Each month we give away 4 free tickets in each location. They sell out quickly.

If you want to be the first to know when we release new course dates you can sign up for our mailing list. If you tell us where you are and how often you’d like to hear from us we can send you the right information at the right time.

Once you are on our mailing list we will send you will get to know about our courses before anyone else. We will also send you details of our special offers and prize giveaways. Not to mention interesting articles about swimming and other stuff. Here is that link again in case you missed it…

Insane or Inspired?

24/07/2010 by

July and August is the most challenging time of the year to go swimming. Here are some good ‘excuses’ if you are looking for one:

  • Water temperature in the ocean is lower than normal (its actually still quite pleasant and there is always the option of a wetsuit and / or joining the Bold & Beautiful if you can get to Manly for a 7 am start but more about that in a later blog…)
  • The pool is empty! Our local Andrew ‘Boy’ Charlton in Manly  has been closed all July and her better looking sister in the Domain takes a four month break each winter… Still plenty of pools open (eg the iconic Bondi Icebergs is open year round) but certainly less options.
  • Rainy Days!!! Is it just me or is it harder to get motivated about going swimming when its raining? I actually love the sensation of swimming in the rain but 
  • Less events to train for… with the domestic Triathlon and Ocean Swims seasons on hold many of you are having a break or have shifted your focus to running for the winter. 

Of course this is the time of year when you can ‘get ahead’! Look our for the TI swimmers who are taking our ‘fishlike freestyle’ programme in Sydney, Brisbane or Melbourne and don’t be surprised if they are swimming faster and easier when you next swim with them. Plenty of kudos to everyone who is swimming regularly through the winter, especially Icebergers and the Cold & Beautiful who are doing it the way nature intended!

I’d love to inspire you from the comfortable arms of your sofa into the water! If you think the ocean is too cold you may need to think again after watching this…

I’d like to introduce you to the human polar bear, Mr Lewis Pugh.

Whether you feel inspired or you think Lewis is insane, I’d love to hear from you! Let us know what you think via a comment below.

What is your favorite swimming video? I’d love you to share! Please post a link in your comment.


Do You Twitter?

13/07/2010 by

I’ve just created a Twitter account for TI in Australia.

I’m going to tweet interesting swimming links and information on swimming technique and Total Immersion courses in Australia.

If you want to check us out come on over to www.twitter.com/tidownunder

For those in the know we are @tidownunder !

Come and say ‘G’day’ on Twitter!


Where’s Your Head At?

26/06/2010 by

This post started out as a response to an article about “Weightlessness” on Terry’s blog. Here is an excerpt and my response:

Have you ever seen a fish that wasn’t horizontal while swimming? Fish and aquatic mammals are naturally designed for aquatic (i.e. horizontal) balance. Humans, asterrestrial mammals, are naturally designed for land (i.e. vertical) balance. Most of us recognize that the cost of imbalance in the water is more drag and fatigue, less speed. But the true cost is actually far greater.

Actually, few swimmers think of it as a balance problem. It feels more like a sinkingproblem which leaves most new swimmers feeling at least highly uncomfortable, and often at risk.

Terry I like this post and especially paragraph one = The “Energy Sink”. Of the hundreds of people who claim to be ‘sinkers’ I have only met one who could sink to the bottom of the pool with full lungs and I think he can float ok in salt water.

I agree with what you say about us humans being ‘vertical mammals’. We have ‘up-down’ spine alignment whereas virtually all animals (excepting the Aussie kangaroo which ‘pivots’ – quite strange and interesting to watch them grazing!) have a horizontal spine.

This links to another key factor which generates resistance to looking down at the bottom of the pool:


… and its not exactly an unreasonable need! For 99% of our waking lives my head is upright so I can see where I am going. Think about walking, sitting, driving a car, using a computer etc.

OK so there ARE sports like rowing where you face backwards. If you have ever tried it you will know that it is a strange sensation at first.

Moving to the extreme you get things like the luge and time trial position in cycling where the simultaneous demands of aerodynamics AND being able to see where you are going necessitate a less comfortable position. I’ve never tried the luge but I can tell you that my neck and back used to get pretty damn sore when I was doing Ironman and training for 5+ hours tucked over the tri bars!

In swimming we are ‘lucky’ because there is less need to look forward. There are fewer ‘obstacles’ to avoid and less ‘steering’ to be done. Most pools have those convenient markings on the bottom which help you to go straight and let you know when you are getting close to the end. They also have rules about which way around you should circulate! Even at top speed in open water you are unlikely to cause serious injury through collision. The most injured swimmers I know is suffering a shoulder injury sustained  through getting knocked off his bike by a car. I have never come across a swimmer who sustained serious injury from ‘swimming into something’.

Yes OF COURSE you need to look up sometimes when you are trying to find the next marker in open water but please do yourself a favor and let your head hang down while you aren’t sighting! Your balance will be better and your neck will thank you. As Terry points out you could well save a heap of mental energy at the same time!

Please don’t take our word for it, try it yourself. Swim slowly enough to feel the difference and notice what happens when you look forward as compared to looking down. Post a comment to let me know what you notice! If you would like to find out what works best for you then book in for our Demo Course and we will show you an exercise that will make things very clear to you!

Port Macquarie – Aussie Ironman Champs

08/04/2010 by

The second and final Ironman installment… Click here to read part one

The 2010 Australian Ironman will be remembered  for a hot bike leg, noticeable current on the swim and a false start after a hooter amongst the spectators, rumors put it down to an April fool’s prank…

Several TI swimmers will remember race day for personal reasons. It fills me with excitement to read race reports where something deeply human is revealed and I think you will enjoy these tales of courage. Each person has their own story even just getting to the start line and I honor each of these stories and the brave humans who have lived them and shared their experiences. I have also included results for some TI swimmers who took part. There are numerous PBs for the swim leg and overall and I would love to hear more – please feel free to share via the ‘comments’ at the bottom of this post.

Cheryl Symons was back with a big PB after racing her debut last year with a broken arm! She exited at the ‘pointy end’ of her target range for the swim leg. Nice work!

Ironman went well for me, despite the heat.  I got off to a good start with the swim, other than a few knocks and kicks I felt calm and good in the water the whole swim and exited the water in 1:20:31 which I was really happy with.  Before I entered the water I told my parents if I was having a good day I would exist in 1:20 and a bad swim in 1:40 so I was thrilled when I saw the time.  The ride was tough on the 2nd and 3rd laps as the wind had picked up as had the heat.  The run was equally as tough, but where I put most of my training in so I wasn’t as effected as some others, I faded a little in the heat between 20 and 30 ks but then got my second wind and ran the last lap really strongly and finished the day in 13:32:59 which was 19 minutes faster than last year. 

I’ve started back running and had the first hit out on the bike today and will be back in the water later in the week.  I went into Ironman this year a little down but have come out of it with a renewed enthusiasm.  Looking forward to the next TI session at the start of May.

Hope all is going well with you.




Luke Whitcher has faced a lot more than his share of challenges. You  may have read about his quest to raise money for the Aspect organisation which cares for his severely autistic son. Luke had to dig deep to make it to the bike cutoff and also the 17 hour mark overall. He has been really grateful for the opportunity to share his story with the TI community (you can read it here to read the article if you missed it) and I know that your messages of support and encouragement helped him to dig deep through the darker stretches. It isn’t too late to contribute and any amount is ok, ever dollar will make a difference to an autistic child and their families. Click here to donate. In any case his race report on the ‘transitions’ site is well worth a read.

There’s good news and bad news – first the bad news: I didn’t beat Tony Abbot – the good news is: a) I didn’t have to see him in Pink Lycra; and b) I finished!

It was a bit of an epic, mainly due to my cycle leg where the heat was devistating (hottest autumn day in region for ages), the headwind going back to town kept me at half my normal speed and the nature of the course being much hillier than other triathlon cycling courses. Rather then go on about it here, I put it in the Transitions forum – if you have a spare 5-10 minutes, have a read:


Anyway, just wanted to say thankyou to everyone for all the awesome support and donations – the webpage shows $9.8k, however there is also direct cheques of ~ $1.4k, a pledge from the local council for a minimum of $250 and ~ $2k in Westpac matching gifts – this means we’ve raised nearly $13.5k!

Here are a couple of pics of Luke near the end…

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Here are those results – Stuart, Adrian and Brisbane TI coach Bill all exited within a 45 second bracket and were well placed to ride with the faster guys. I know that Stuart was working on his TI during race week and I think that his swim was a PB by 5 minutes. Bill started right at the back and swam through half of the field, posting a time that was 10 minutes faster than he expected. 100% Rockstar!

Congratulations to everyone who took part in the event. For the rest of us there is always another time…


Results for Port Mac IM 2010

First Last Swim Bike Run Overall
Adrian McKelvie 1:04:29 6:27:37 4:17:41 12:00:03
Bill Farry 1:04:50 5:43:47 4:18:00 11:20:30
Cheryl Symons 1:20:31 7:27:28 4:30:30 13:32:59
Lisa Enright 1:14:59 6:46:25 5:30:01 13:41:30
Luke Whitcher 1:36:28 8:35:17 6:17:04 16:46:58
Steve Ball 1:10:39 6:32:57 4:49:47 12:45:14
Stuart Borwick 1:04:04 5:38:11 4:27:09 11:18:45
Terry Tattersall 1:31:22 5:52:51 4:20:23 11:53:18

“Ironman – what is that?”

06/04/2010 by

Its a question which sorts you into one of 3 groups:

  1. You can answer the question from personal experience.
  2. You know someone who has completed the event.
  3. You have never heard of Ironman (or you think it is something to do with Ky Hurst and Nutrigrain) – these are the people most likely to ask the question.

So which one are you?

I first heard of Ironman when I was a teenager and it took until I was 28 for the full magnitude of the event to sink in to a point where I could contemplate doing one myself! For over a decade my brain had struggled to conceive the times and distances involved. When I answer the question to someone for the first time I usually get as sense of awe and disbelief from the other person. It goes something like this:

Q: “What is ‘Ironman'”

A: “Its a long distance triathlon which takes a full day to complete. The distances are 3.8km swim, 180km bike and a full marathon of 42km running to finish. The clock doesn’t stop and times can range from 8 to 17 hours.”

“Oh my gosh! I could never do that?”

“How do you know that for sure? Anyone can do an ironman if they really want to.”

There are remarkable people who overcome old age, missing limbs and even Team Hoyt – a father and disabled son whose love moved dad to carry his son around the whole course. In Kona I witnessed octogenarians and people with artificial limbs completing the distance. It just disabused me of my notion of ‘impossible’ to see that.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying that everyone should want to do an Ironman. It isn’t for everyone! And I will say this:

“Ironman is one of the most memorable things you can do in your life. The training will make you fitter than you have ever been in your life and race day will break your body down, minute by minute. There will be unforeseen challenges and you will find a way to accept them and use them to your benefit. You will experience intense emotions across the full spectrum: frustration and despair that you can’t imagine, unimaginable joy and amazing bursts of energy that make you feel unstoppable. As you cross the finish line you might burst into uncontrollable tears or collapse exhausted (this is common and there are wonderful people who catch you and then put a medal around your neck). Whatever happens you will feel more alive than you have ever done before. Beforehand you can only imagine how it would be to complete an Ironman and afterwards you will feel your brain stretching to embrace a new reality. Something that seemed impossible at first has now been achieved and your whole being has grown. Whatever happens on race day it is an experience that will change you deeply.”

If your heart stirs and you are drawn to the experience then I wish you full courage as you take on the challenge. It is exactly as possible as you believe it to be, no more and no less! And whatever your experience, don’t forget to share it with anyone who asks. It is a gift of pure inspiration.

Those of us who haven’t raced in the last year or so might be lucky enough to witness the story of someone who has. We have just come to the end of Ironman season in Australia and New Zealand and here are some results. If you took part in one of these events I would love you to post your story here on this blog for others to share.

Tenacity is one of the qualities I admire most in a person and when I met Will Pack at our workshop last November he told me two things. Firstly that he had only recently learnt to swim and secondly that he was training for his first triathlon. It just happened to be an Ironman! At the time Will was swimming 100m in around 3 minutes and was exhausted after 15 min in the water. His initial aim was to swim 2km in 1 hour. Recently he got in touch with his latest update:

So i did my first ever triathlon – the NZ ironman. My swim time was 1h29, which i’m happy with having been a non-swimmer less than a year ago. Couldn’t have done it without your help!

I’ll be back to work on my swimming, maybe chop 10 or 20 minutes off my swim time – but first i need to chop 1 or 2 hours off my run time.


It makes my day to get emails like that. It is humbling to see what people can achieve when they just don’t believe in ‘impossible’.

Tony High was there too:

Hi Dunstan and Sarah,

I just wanted to let you know I completed the NZ ironman last weekend at Lake Taupo.

The swim was AWESOME.

Prior to your course, I would have been happy with 76 minutes, which is the time it took me, however, before doing the TI course I would have got out of the water pretty tired.

BUT, as you would well know, using the stuff I learnt with you guys, I just literally glided the 3.8km’s, sat on some feet in front, relaxed shoulders, head down, marionette arms (from the video), kept swimming in the tight barging of the start instead of pausing, not too many head lifts to check direction, etc.

So I got out of the water feeling completely relaxed and like I’d just done a cruisy 500 metre warm up. Seriously! It was amazing. Plus, Lake Taupo was crystal clear freshwater which made it even better.

I then just kept cruising on the bike and run (telling myself to “go slow” due to my very limited amount of training because of all my o/s travel, AND 4 kids, AND playing in a band), so I managed to complete my first ever ironman an hour less than I thought I would (14 hours) – the whole day was fantastic.

So thanks again!

I’m now looking at doing Pt Mac in 2011, so will probably be back for an easy speed workshop, as next time I’ll now be doing the ironman for a specific time, rather than just to finish.

Hope all is well with you guys. 



Clearly a 3.8k swim is no longer a big deal for Tony. Just like a walk in the park… I LOVE it!

QLD based TI Coach Steve van Bodegraven was there too. He got a PB for the swim leg and took 20 minutes off!!! his overall best time.

I had my best IM swim at NZ and I attribute it to several skills and techniques I have learnt through TI and practiced. I’m more than happy to write abut this experience. A title of ‘Relax in the pack’ comes to mind.

I’m excited to read more from Steve…

Congratulations to everyone who was in Taupo. I will share some more IM stories  from Port Maquarie later in the week,


Taking the Leap

27/03/2010 by

Autumn is upon us and the triathlon racing season is reaching its grand finale with Australian Ironman taking place in Port Macquarie on Sunday and the spectacualr Tamarama to Clovelly swim on Easter Monday. The ocean is still beautifully warm and body surfing at my local beach in Narrabeen is a great way to re-energise and balance out the hours spent in front of the computer. I love the sensation of the waves and the thrill of knowing that the ocean is far more powerful than I am!

North Narrabeen boasts a fine rockpool which is conveniently separated from the brunt of the ocean by an outcrop of rocks. It is possible to jump into the ocean and swim about 500m around to the beach. As with any good adventure there is an element of risk involved. To start with you have to pick your footing carefully and be careful not to be knocked over by the waves breaking over the rock ledge. Once you get to the edge (keeping a close eye on the incoming waves at all times) you need to time your jump to coincide with the top of the surge rather than leaping into empty air with a 2m drop! It is also important to avoid the biggest waves that break over the rocks and swirl around one’s ankles.

At the age of 35 I am somewhat less reckless than I was as a teenager and much better at evaluating risks (well most of the time anyway 😉 ). I need to satisfy my mind that I am ok with any ‘worst case scenarios’ I can imagine and take a moment of stillness to prepare myself for the final leap. I am strongly aware of the ‘risk of inaction’, imagining how lacking my life would be if I always avoided challenging situations and I feel both forces at once – one pushing me back towards safety and the other pulling me on.

I am vulnerable standing at the rock’s edge, the threshold where land ends and water begins. My perfect wave arrives, the last of my resistance dissolves and I leap, briefly airborne and then gliding out into the cool ocean with a few strong strokes to put me a safe distance from the rock ledge. The exhilaration is palpable! I wait for my friend Mick to go through a similar process and then we are both in the ocean, whooping to ourselves in shared delight before we swim around to the beach, past the waiting surfers and onto the beach.

I do love the idea of ‘Swallowing the Frog‘ where you start each day with something challenging and the rest of your tasks seem easier afterwards. Needless to say, Sunday was a good day for me!

Do you have a dream in your life?

Something that excites you and scares you at the same time so your heart beats faster when you think of it? It could be a wild adventure like leaping out of an aeroplane,  Whatever the experience or achievement you want in your life I wish you the courage to take your first step. Whether you are surveying the scene from a distance or poised at the edge and ready to leap off, know that your future begins now. Timing is important and you will know in your heart when your moment arrives. There is a difference between courage and recklessness so of course you should consider your way forward carefully and make yourself aware of any risks involved but always remember the biggest risk of all – the scenario where you do nothing and miss your chance. My wish is that you can enjoy a life full off grasped opportunities and free from regret.

Perhaps your dream is to feel ease and comfort whenever you swim and to love being in the water. If so I would love to hear from you and find out more about your swimming. We can talk about your swimming journey so far and look at options for you to move forward.

Please note: we take no responsibility whatsoever for anyone who choses to leap from a rock platform into the ocean! We do take full responsibility for helping you to achieve a brilliant outcome for your swimming when you sign up for one of our tuition packages. The support we offer after your pool sessions means that we are there for you long after we coach you in person. We are passionate about your success and offer an iron-clad money back guarantee. Our aim is to eliminating any risk of you not achieving your dream. Please call me if you would like to know more about our guarantee.



09/02/2010 by

I first met Luke Whitcher in 2008 when he came along to a ‘2 Hour Taster’ back in March of 2008. Recently he contacted me with a progress update: 

Just thought I’d mention to you that post the Taster training from yourself, I am now able to swim in choppy open water for Ironman distances without any problems (thanks for all your help). I am training for the Ironman this March within 2 years of my first Triathlon. I couldn’t even do a lap 2 years ago. Kudos for you and TI for this turnaround. 

I love Luke’s tenacity, especially when it turns out he only qualified with 9 mins to spare in the half-ironman last year! It is no small challenge that this bloke has taken on…

… and yet there is a whole lot more to this story. Luke has an 8 year old son called Joshua who has moderate to severe Autism. This condition means that normal communication is impossible. Luke likens it to being in a foreign airport where you can’t understand a thing. It is hard to imagine a more challenging situation for a parent as you will see if you read more.

Take 15 minutes to read Luke’s story (click here for Mank’s article on Transitions) and let it sink in. WARNING – A BOX OF TISSUES IS HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!!! This is a is a story that will move you deeply…

In short, Luke has taken on the challenges of Ironman to raise $20 000 to help Autism Spectrum Australia’s South East Sydney School buy specialist equipment that will be used to help Josh and other children to engage life more fully.

If you would like to contribute, click here to donate online – your messages of support mean a lot to Luke.

I was curious to know more about Luke’s Ironman training and in particular his swimming. I was delighted that he agreed to answer some questions. Read through to the bottom to find out how you can add your support and get some free TI coaching at the same time.

DB: How is your training going and especially the swim?

LW: Training is beginning to take shape well. My friend / mentor from work has similar views to TI on how to swim and has been coaching me with drills on Wednesday nights – lots of 1 arm, kicks than switch, fist and zipper, multiple breathing reps (i.e. 2 strokes breathe, 3 strokes breathe, 4 strokes breathe, 5 strokes breathe, then back down sequentially to 2), and touch hands prior to pulling back. I do a lot of time trials which is probably against policy, but I do them out in the open water and concentrate on different things each 100m lap (at Ramsgate) e.g. head position 1 lap, then kicking from hips next lap, then gliding for longer (stroke length) etc. I did 3.2k long swim (no wetsuit) last w/e and am doing 3.5k tomorrow morning (again no wet suit – it is in for repairs). I’m obviously more comfortable on land, but interestingly, I have less fear of the 3.8k swim then I do sitting on my rear for 180ks then getting off the bike to run a marathon. So naturally, I’m doing plenty of riding and running as well – this is the biggest week before I go for the race – 7h20m cycle & 3h40m run this w/e then recovery next week, quality for the next 4 and taper for the final 2 weeks. Any ideas for swim ‘Quality’ sessions would be appreciated.

DB: How do you apply TI in your training? What differences have you noticed? 

LW: TI has been great. I’ve used the Open Water swimming book by Terry and applied your own Aussie/British style from our Taster session. The best thing was the feedback from the underwater camera. I was swimming well in terms of the horizontal, however I created a lot of bubbles which suggested a level of jerkyness / rigidity. I had to learn to flow more and relax. I have been using the drills discussed above to help me get through the required stroke improvement. One of the best things is the tracks – I learnt from yourself to swim in the tracks which makes me quite a straight swimmer and less needy of the black line at the bottom. I also used TI to learn to let my head go for the ride. This really helps to keep my breathing strong and reduce neck soreness. 

DB: What are your aims for IM and especially the swim leg?

LW: Its a bit embarrassing that I am such a slow swimmer, but when I consider that I have only been able to complete 1 50m lap of the pool for just two years, I am pretty happy with where I am. My average pool 50m lap time over a long time trial is generally 1:15. So when I did 44m on my 1.9k Half Ironman swim at Port Macquarie in November (closer to 2k seeing I started at the back of the field) I was absolutely stoked. The only thing was a bit of cramping near the end but this was more a result of recovery from a major knee issue after stacking on the bike 5 weeks beforehand. 

DB: Is Josh interested in your training and does he swim?

LW: He finds it hard to communicate at all so teaching him how to swim is nearly impossible, however he did go to specialised classes (Rainbow School) for a few years where he learnt to dog paddle and effectively stay afloat. When I get into the pool with him I try and show him how to go horizontal rather then vertical through the water and sometimes he switches, but his comfort zone is the vertical position. He did watch the TI video with me a couple of times but not sure if he took it all in. He does love me going in the water with him and seems keen on watching how I swim, but not sure what that actually means to him. 

DB: What is the best way for people to support your cause? 

LW: Any donation, no matter what is fantastic from my perspective. We have a current range of $5 to $500 on the fundraising site at the moment and it doesn’t matter, it is just the fact that they have supported me that really matters. Have a look at the comments and see how beautiful people are – I will be carrying these words of encouragement with me on the long journey and believe me when I say, they will help me get over the line. Other ways are really what you are proposing – I would love for challenges to other businesses / organisations from people like yourself and Nashy (the Port Macquarie Picture Framing guy) – your networks are obviously better then mine – I pretty much exhausted my own networks in the first few weeks (still happy to be over the $3k mark, but a long way to go).

If you would like to get involved please leave a message for Luke at the bottom of this article and head over to Luke’s page on gofundraise.com to donate.

If you leave a message here and contribute $200 or more you will be offered a place at our brand new 6 hour / 1 day ‘fast track’ workshop valued at $300. Please email booking@tiswim.com.au to let us know. We haven’t announced this course yet and are working to a March / April launch.

We are also hoping to fit in a 1 hour ‘tune up’ session for Luke to help Luke to get his day off to a cracking start on Sunday 28th Feb. We also hope he can come along to the pool and tell us his stories from race day!

Luke Whitcher, we salute you!

Dunstan Bertschinger (on behalf of TI Australia)

Outside the Box

27/01/2010 by

We are pleased to announce a brand new TI course along with BTC.

‘Outside the Box’ is for swimmers who feel like their Open Water swimming is holding them back and who want to be confident beyond the pool and to love swimming in the Ocean.

This 7 Week course will help you to:

  • Swim confidently in Open Water
  • Understand the unique skills of Open Water swimming.
  • Set up an effective Open Water practise routine.



 Location: The South East end of Balmoral beach (click here for a map). Inside the nets to provide a safe learning environment.

Time: 6:30 to 7:30 am. You can choose either Tuesdays or Saturdays

Duration: 7 Weeks

Start Dates:  Tuesday 30th March or Saturday 3rd April

Group Size: 5 to 8 swimmers

Coach: Sarah Anne Evans

Cost: $140 – that’s only $20 for each session of learning which will build your swimming to a great outcome for the course!

“Being part of the Outside the Box Swim course has been amazing for my confidence and technique.  Previous to the course, I had completed next to no swimming in open water due to my technique causing me to feel exhausted.  By learning to relax and use the techniques taught by Sarah-Anne, I was surprised at how much more effective my swimming became with a lot less effort!  Now that I am taking on a half ironman with the swim being in open water, I feel so much more confident that I will get out of the water with more energy than I would have previously and increase my race time which is fantastic!  I would definitely recommend this course to my friends and in fact, I already have!”

Shellee, Manly – March 2010

This course is suitable for intermediate swimmers who have some confidence in the pool. Non-swimmers should take another one of our courses first. Please call us on 1800 007 505 if you have questions about course suitability.

Click here to book via our website!


Terms and Conditions: It is important that you can make it to all of the sessions. We will not give refunds for sessions that you cannot attend but if you do need to miss a session we will give you the option to catch up during the same week (eg if you miss a Saturday you will be able to come to the following Tuesday). We regret that bookings cannot be be refunded.

Special Offer: Valentine’s Workshop in Brisbane

20/01/2010 by

The upcoming TI workshop in Brisbane is on Valentine’s Day weekend so we’ve decided to offer you something special:

Book into our Fishlike Freestyle Workshop.                               Bring along a loved one for free!

  • 13 hours of state of the art swim tuition
  • Personalised goal setting
  • Individual feedback
  • Comprehensive video analysis
  • Fully supported by phone and email

Total cost for you and your Valentine?   $1100 $550 (save $550)

The smile on their face?                             PRICELESS!

It’s a lot more fun when there is someone else to share it with!

  • 13th & 14th February 2010
  • 11 to 5:30 on both days
  • Spring Hill Baths, Brisbane
  • This course is suitable for anyone who can swim 25m

Please call 1800 007 505 for more information or

Click here to book your place

Make sure you let us know who you are bringing along!

Just wanted to say a personal thanks for the course last weekend aside from the feedback form.  The main revelation for me is that I am now looking forward to my swim sessions – I really enjoy freestyle! A really cool thing happened this morning – was in the pool practising balance drills and then decided to do a ‘ctrl/alt/del’. The girl in the next lane was swimming a better freestyle than I used to (not difficult I guess) so I gave her a 5m or so head start to see what would happen… So I push off, head down, nice and relaxed like you showed us and swam until I needed a breath at about 25m…looked across & I was comfortably in front of the girl in the next lane – how amazing is that!!

Chris Sproston – Fishlike Freestyle Workshop, November 2009