Swimmers' Testimonials


"Just to let you know the half ironman went well. Surprisingly the swim was my favourite bit! I felt really good and relaxed in the water. Think it took 49 minutes. Thanks for the training!"  Christian J (June 2019)


"I have been taking Total Immersion freestyle lessons with Marianne for around six months, and barely thought it possible that swimming tuition could be so enjoyable and productive. As a keen and experienced open water swimmer who swims purely for enjoyment, I initially contacted Marianne and took one lesson out of curiosity, having stumbled upon Total Immersion whilst reading. I had little expectation of learning changes to my technique that I would come to value. After my first lesson I was hooked. Flaws in my old technique were immediately obvious, and Marianne explained how many of the things I was doing were wasting energy and putting unnecessary strain on my body. 


Marianne’s teaching method is relaxed, friendly, and crystal clear. Shortly after each lesson I am provided with superb audio annotated video analysis, both under and over water. Often, sections of these films are shown in slow-mo, and stop-motion, and sometimes graphics are superimposed over a frozen frame during her commentary, displaying, for example, adjustments to be made or correct alignments to be sought whilst practising. This is an invaluable resource for studying the evolution of my swimming, and a powerful tool in aiding the mastery of new technique.


For anyone wishing to learn Total Immersion swimming, and to correct aspects of their technique that are so hard to spot, let alone change, during solo swimming, lessons with Marianne are guaranteed to set up long term improvements. Total Immersion is designed for maximum efficiency and effortless travel through the water, and above all it emphasises posture and movements that minimise strain on any part of the body, thereby all but eliminating the possibility of injury whilst swimming, no matter how often or far you swim. Learning this technique has been, and continues to be a revelation, and I am immensely grateful to Marianne for such great tuition. Sea swimming in particular has long been my very favourite activity, and now it is more enjoyable than it has ever been”.       Harry W (April 2019)



"Thank you so much for sending these videos through; I can't wait to sit down and watch through them all! I really enjoyed our lesson and got so much out of it; you really are a wonderful and very patient teacher!"         Elinor C (first lesson, new to front crawl, Sep 2018)