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Total Immersion Swimming

What is Total Immersion Swimming?

YWCA Minneapolis offers Total Immersion (TI) swimming instruction, the best way to master a faster, more fluid and efficient freestyle stroke. Total Immersion is an internationally known method of instruction for developing habits of ease, efficiency and speed in any level of swimmer. Using drills, innovative tools and above and below water video analysis, participants accelerate the development of their swimming technique.

Triathletes, lap swimmers and competitive youth and masters swimmers can benefit from this instruction, and YWCA hosts the deepest team of experienced Total Immersion Instructors in the country.

Total Immersion is for Swimmers of All Abilities, Including:

  • Triathletes and open water swimmers who want to improve speed and endurance
  • Master and competitive swimmers looking for stroke work to reduce the risk of swim injuries
  • New swimmers looking to avoid endless hours without progress
  • Any swimmer who feels they have hit a wall in their training, and wants to improve their stroke and overall form

YWCA Minneapolis is the exclusive provider of this teaching method in Minnesota.

Total Immersion Swim Lessons

Private and Semi-Private Lessons

YWCA Minneapolis has more certified and licensed Total Immersion swim instructors than any other single site in North America. We offer private lessons with one swimmer, semi-private lessons with two to three swimmers, and private group sessions with 4 or more swimmers. Lessons are available every day of the week and at all three YWCA Minneapolis locations.

Total Immersion Weekend Workshops

February – December 2020

Imagine committing 1-2 days to make a permanent change in the way you swim. If you’ve hit a wall in progress toward speed or endurance, or don’t know where to start in making swimming easier or faster, this event is for you. Our workshops have included new swimmers, world-ranked triathletes, age group competitors and swimmers looking for just improving their mindfulness in the water.

All these interests and ability levels work well together because our weekend workshops break the stroke down to fundamentals. Swimmers start off with a new foundation that is more relaxed, less prone to injury and easy to plan for continued stroke improvement and enjoyment. Strokes are filmed and analyzed above and underwater throughout the weekend, and experienced coaches send swimmers away with a targeted plan for their own continued swimming development.

Learn about the Total Immersion swimming method here, and join us for a focused weekend of swimming!

This clinic is appropriate for any ability level with a reasonable comfort in the water.

Total Immersion Instructors and Coaching Levels

Instructor Name

Jordan Jelmeland
Tim Walton
Whitney Jelmeland
Kym Zest
Kathleen Parker

Instructor Level


Primary Site

Uptown, Midtown
Uptown, Midtown
Uptown, Midtown

TI Coach Level

2, Director
2, Director

Register for Private or Semi-Private Total Immersion Swim Lessons

To register for private swim lessons, please log in to our online ordering system, choose the “Scheduler” option and then select “Swim Instruction” and choose a Level 3 or Level 4 swim instructor.