The Chicago Blue Dolphins Swim Studio is a one-of-a-kind environment for rapid delivery of swim instruction and stroke improvement. In this section, we’ll talk more specifically about how we think the Swim Studio improves the quality and effectiveness of our swim instruction for adults. For a more general and technical discussion of the Swim Studio’s benefits, see our section on Our Cutting Edge Swim Studio.
The Swim Studio is:
- Endless Pools designed for precise instruction and endless repetition and refinement
- Underwater and ceiling-mounted mirrors for real-time visual feedback
- 360 degree video recording and playback to aid in micro-adjustments to your stroke
- A bundle of tools and technology to give you feedback on your performance in the moment
This type of environment is the same one that our top collegiate programs in the country use to improve the speed and technique of their elite swimmers. But we feel this same environment is also the best one to help you improve your swimming, whether you are a newbie learning to float, a triathlete working on getting better at the swim, or a Masters swimmer revisiting one of the competitive strokes. We wouldn’t want to teach anywhere else. Here are five key reasons why we feel that Chicago Blue Dolphins is the best place for you to get swim coaching.
1. Our Small, Warm Pools Focus the Instruction on You
Our above ground Endless Pools are an isolated learning environment, unlike a conventional pool with lap swim, water aerobics, or other classes going on in the same space. Our 90 degree water eliminates the shivering, so you can stay focused on the information our coaches are giving you. Your instructor will be in the water with you, at your side, making adjustments to your stroke in real-time as you swim in place over the mirrors. Even in a group class, we will adjust the current speed to your current skill level so you never feel as if another swimmer’s skill level is setting the agenda for the class. We feel that this environment creates the greatest value for your time.
2. We Deliver Enormous Amounts of Visual Feedback
Our innovative combination of video feedback and underwater and ceiling mirrors will give you the visual feedback lacking at other swimming programs. You’ll be able to watch what you are doing in mirrors as you swims to allow you to watch for accuracy. Our video architecture based on the Dartfish video analysis software will give you feedback of what you did after you complete your swim. You’ll know immediately whether you accurately met the focus of the exercise, and if not, what you need to correct and improve. The model is simple but powerful: Do it. See it. Correct it.
3. Endless Pools Promote Rapid Practice of Correct Technique
Because our swimmers swim in place, we can have them practice doing a few strokes perfectly without the distraction of having to finish a width or length of the pool. Shorter swims allow us to frequently communicate corrections visually, verbally, and kinesthetically and get right back in again. Since our class centers around the current, our coaches can keep you engaged 100% of the time in the class. You with either be swimming, reviewing what you just did, or watching or assisting your classmate to get a coach-eye view of how to do the strokes right. The result is a faster, more precise, and comprehensive learning experience than the same, tired “swim across the pool” method of instruction.
4. We Use the Best of Today’s Swim Technologies
As you might have already guessed, we like using technology in our swimming lessons. Beyond the super-cool Endless Pools, video architecture, and mirrors we use a suite of cutting edge swim training tools. With over 10 years of experience teaching in this environment, we know how to effectively integrate such tools Tempo Trainers (swimming metronomes), snorkels, fins, heart rate monitors, or catch improvement tools to help you zero in on what’s going on in the moment. When you leave our lesson you will be much better equipped to know how to practice effectively. We feel that this environment helps us reach our goal of making you your own best coach.
5. We also Teach Deep Water Skills
Comfort in deep water is a key skill for all swimmers, young and old. If you are uncomfortable in deep water, you can take a class specifically designed to work on those skills. You will learn to tread water in our classes, but comfort is more than just learning to tread water. It’s about starting swims, changing direction, floating, and stopping swims when you can’t put your feet on the bottom or easily bob up and down off the bottom. Many of our triathletes also have anxiety in open water because they aren’t fully comfortable in deep water. We believe that you should spend some time with our instructors in one of our deep water pools to transfer all of the skills learned in shallow water to the deep. When you go into a deep end, a lake, or the ocean, you will have plenty of tools in your toolbox to feel more confident.