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1:00 pm - 3:00 pm


Olympic Swim & Health Club

This is the first in a series of 3 swim clinics for the Pittsburgh Triathlon, focusing on fundamental skills of moving through the water effectively and without fatigue.  Coached by Total Immersion Master Coach Suzanne Atkinson, MD.

This is a 2 hour coached swim clinic to help you reduce  effort, swim further & longer with less effort than before.   Clinic limited to 12 students to maximize coaching feedback.  Cost $50 for single clinic or $120 for all 3 swim clinics.  (See 3 Swim Clinic Package to register for all 3)

Description of Clinic

If your swimming feels uncomfortable, hard and/or slow, it’s not because you lack conditioning. It’s because you move water around instead of moving through water.  This class will cure this universal human swimming problem by teaching you the Smart Endurance skill sequence of Balance-Streamline-Propel.


Skill 1: Linear Balance. Cure ‘heavy’ legs by learning to cooperate with – rather than fight – gravity. An effortlessly horizontal body moves through the water more easily and calms your churning legs. It also brings the mental calm necessary to learn every skill that follows.

Skill 2: Lateral Balance. Gain control of your arms and legs to use them effectively instead of ineffective steadying/stabilizing movements.

Together Linear and Lateral Balance allow you to replace arm-and-leg churn with a sustainable stroke rate, giving you the swimming equivalent of a conversational running pace – the key to swimming farther immediately.


Skill 1: Passive Streamlining. Shape your body to be longer, sleeker, more hydrodynamic.  

Skill 2: Active Streamlining. As you stroke, move your arms and legs in ways that redirects energy from making waves and creating turbulence into forward motion.

Together Passive and Active Streamlining will produce your greatest energy savings – and greatest increases in endurance and speed.



Skill 1: Direct ‘available’ forces, rather than generating muscular forces. Learn to connect your body mass to the force of gravity in rhythmic weight shifts for ‘free’ power.

Skill 2:  Link the actions of your arms and legs to the effortless power of the weight shift to swim with more power, more speed and no fatigue.


We recommend that male students wear a Speedo-type brief or close-fitting triathlon swim shorts, rather than loose-fitting swim trunks, which can make balance even more of a challenge.


About Coach Suzanne

Suzanne Atkinson, MD is the head coach & founder of Steel City Endurance, Pittsburgh’s oldest coaching company for endurance athletes.   She is a Total Immersion Master Coach and has participated in 9 different week long open water swim & triathlon camps over the past three years.  Prior to triathlon coaching & medical school, Suzanne worked for Outward bound school teaching teens & adults technical expeditioning skills including white water canoeing & kayaking, rock climbing and mountaineering.   Suzanne currently splits her time between working in the emergency department at UPMC East, consulting as a command physician at StatMD, and coaching endurance athletes in Pittsburgh and around the world.

Steel City Endurance is proud to be a coaching sponsor of the 2013 Pittsburgh Triathlon and Adventure Race benefiting Friends of the Riverfront.

About Friends of the Riverfront

Founded in 1991, Friends of the Riverfront is dedicated to the development, expansion, promotion, and stewardship of the Three Rivers Water Trail and Three Rivers Heritage Trail in the Pittsburgh region. Once a year, Friends of the Riverfront highlights use of both trails by hosting the Pittsburgh Triathlon & Adventure Race, more information can be obtained by visiting www.pittsburghtriathlon.com.

Information about the Three Rivers Heritage Trail, Three Rivers Water Trail, and Friends of the Riverfront can be found at www.friendsoftheriverfront.org, by calling 412-488-0212, or by joining Friends of the Riverfront’s social network on Facebook and Twitter.




Bookings are closed for this event.