About the Swim Studio
The Swim Studio unifies visual, kinesthetic and analytical feedback for the most effective stroke improvement in Chicago.
What’s so great about the Swim Studio?
The Studio has many advantages over a regular pool: you learn new skills faster in the Swim Studio than you would in a regular pool; the Studio caters to everybody’s style of learning; close proximity allows coaches to adjust your stroke while you’re swimming a drill (instead of swimming an entire length of the pool incorrectly); and maybe one of the most popular reasons why it’s better: our water is warm!
Learning how to swim is just like learning something new in school, and everyone learns differently. We’ve designed the Swim Studio environment to teach skills in a way that speaks to all 3 learning styles—analytical, visual and kinesthetic. Most conventional environments either focus on one learning style or combine them in a way that’s disjointed. In the Studio we’ll give you a verbal description of a drill, demonstrate the drill using an underwater camera, adjust your body position when you are doing the drill—while you watch the results real-time in a floor mirror—and show you a clip of yourself to compare against the coach. Such an integrated teaching approach allows you to learn the lessons rapidly and creates a powerful experience for both new and experienced swimmers.
Our experience from teaching thousands of swimmers is that the vast majority of you are visual learners—i.e. visual feedback is a more effective way for you to internalize the purpose of a drill than a verbal description from a coach on deck. Some examples of the visual feedback you get a the Studio are: seeing a video clip of yourself doing a drill from multiple angles, watching yourself perform an exercise in a mirror mounted on the floor of the pool or observing—in the mirrors—the changes our coaches have made to your form.
We also love the Swim Studio environment because it gives us the greatest amount of freedom for teaching you swimming skills: if you’re working on a small adjustment we can have you swim two strokes (to focus on perfection); if you’re working on control we can have you swim 300 strokes (to focus on consistency). Unlike a conventional pool, you won’t have to constantly break at the wall (flip turn, anyone?) when working on holding a skill for longer distances. Our coaches stand by your side, in the water, the entire time. This allows them to make small adjustments to your body in real-time while you are doing a drill, so you know exactly what the drill feels like and what it looks like, thanks to the mirrors and video.
Finally, we keep our Endless Pool water temperature at 90 degrees while most conventional pools are kept between 78 and 82 degrees—brrr! Water this warm keeps you comfortable so you can pay attention to your swimming exercises rather than how rapidly you are losing body heat. No blue lips, numb toes or chattering teeth in the Swim Studio. Greater focus during your lesson will lead to faster learning and more effective repetition.
Our coaching staff has taught many thousands of lessons over our collective careers. To a person, we all agree that we are much more effective teaching in this environment than we ever have been in conventional pools. We think you’ll agree.
We offer a variety of classes and lessons in the Swim Studio. To find out which class is right for you, click here.