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Take Your Open Water Swimming
To the Next Level

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How? Mental training is the answer - it's the only way to get the edge over competitors who are doing the same training as you.

Open water or ocean swimmers require a completely different type of mental toughness to pool swimmers, as there are completely different aspects and challenges they face when out there in the open water.

Major issues ocean swimmers look to mental training for, include:

  • handling extreme pain

  • dealing with water currents and heavy swells

  • swimming strongly in cold water temperatures

  • overcoming extreme nervousness

  • intimidation from other swimmers

  • moving beyond doubts, fears or anxiety about the ocean conditions

  • mastering negative doubts / fears about endurance levels for the race

  • dealing with worries about sharks

  • encountering hallucinations while out there swimming long distances

  • and many others

I worked with a lot of open water and ocean swimmers over the years, including several swimmers who swam the English Channel - and I discovered they all had these same types of challenges and fears to deal with.

As long distance / open water / ocean swimmers are out there in the water for so long, they literally become immersed in their own thoughts - and this can be tough, as the conscious mind loves nothing more than to challenge you by throwing your greatest fears at you while you swim (and often before you swim as well).

Using the element of distraction can be a handy technique while out there in the water, as keeping your mind away from negative thoughts can be a powerful way of keeping your mind off the pain, or worrying about uncontrollables.

'Distraction' means keeping your mind busy and away from negative thoughts, thinking thoughts unrelated to your swimming - eg. going through lists of things in your mind, such as your favorite movies, books, etc.

However, some issues you encounter under the stress of open water swimming can be extremely difficult unless your mind is programmed for mental toughness, before you even go out there to race. This is where mental training comes in.

For many years, I created hypnosis / visualization recordings to help open water / ocean swimmers mentally prepare for their races - which:

  • reduce pain during your ocean swim

  • can warm your body during swimming in cold temperatures

  • overcomes negative thoughts, doubts, fears or anxiety while swimming

  • and many other intangible benefits that only open water swimmers would encounter, and that only mental training can help with.

Your mind is like an enormous computer, which can be 'programmed' for the open water performance you want in your next ocean swim - and the most powerful way to do this is with a blend of visualization, hypnotic suggestion and relaxation.

If we do not take steps to control our performance, our performance can control us - through self-sabotage, which often happens under the pressure of race performance.

Visualization is mentally imagining the way you wish to swim at the big meets - with vivid reality, so that it programs these images into your memory bank and muscle memory for when you need to access them under the pressure of the big open water or ocean swims.

The subconscious can also create your peak open water swimming performances by clicking you into the mental state known as the Zone, the state where your movements flow effortlessly on autopilot and you achieve great results with less effort.

Your subconscious is the ultimate swimmer - it knows exactly what you need to do, to swim at your optiumum level out there, and mental training is the most powerful way to get in touch with it.

Eventually, after years of creating customized recordings for distance swimmers, I decided to create a mainstream open water hypnosis / visualization recording, that includes all the important aspects for any open water swimmer to use - the Mind Training for Open Water Swimmers Audio Program.

This recording can quickly deliver strong results in ocean swimming by transforming your confidence levels and providing mental strength at the times when you need it most.  

This program allows open water competitors to fit their mental training into their daily routine at any time of the day, in the privacy and convenience of their own home.

The main reasons why it works so effectively is because:

  • The Visualization Can Be Tailored Perfectly To Your Next Event - the visualization allows you to visualize yourself approaching the race any way you desire, imagining the exact scene of the race, the water, etc.

  • Automatic Relaxation - the recording places you into an easy and automatic state of relaxation perfect for visualization (and also teaches you how relax in case you need to do a quick visualization at a meet).

  • Helps Overcome Extreme Pre-Race Nerves - the recording's hypnotic suggestions are designed to help overcome chronic nervousness before open water or ocean races.

  • Hypnotic Subsconscious Suggestions - the daily recording contains powerful hypnotic suggestions for endurance, resilience, power, relaxation, confidence, health and improvement, which your subconscious acts upon - 24/7.

  • The Visualization Becomes More Powerful Each Day! - the hypnotic suggestions have been designed to make the recording become stronger and more effective by the day.

The Mind Training for Open Water Swimmers mp3 program is enormously powerful - including the
daily visualization recording for ocean swimmers with hypnotic suggestions which work 24/7 to accelerate the speed of results, plus 45 minutes of detailed information on the mind/body connection and 2 major techniques (which is extracted from the original Mind Training for Swimmers Visualization program). The cost for the instant download is only $29.95 - or $7 more for the CD - lifetime benefits for the cost of lunch!

The mp3 now includes FREE Night-time Subliminal Ocean Swim Hypnosis (valued at $25) - improve your open water swimming while you go to sleep to the sound of relaxation music while your subconscious absorbs the positive subliminal swim suggestions.   

Needless to say, the program has my usual personal guarantee - a 100% Unconditional Money-Back Guarantee for 12 months!  If you're not 100% impressed with the program, you can have it refunded a any time within a year of purchase.

To order the mp3 instant download, simply click the button below for our secure server - you order will be processed immediately, and you will receive immediate instructions on your screen to download the program, plus you will recieve an email receive from Pay Pal.   A one-year money-back guarantee if you don't love it!  




I look forward to hearing from you about how the hypnosis / visualization recording and mental training info has worked for you in your open water or ocean swimming.

All the best of success!


Craig Townsend, who runs Swim Psychology.com
Craig Townsend (Diploma of Clinical Hypnosis)
Director - It's Mind over Matter

Full List of Mental Training Articles You Will Access With Your MindTraining Purchase:

Secret to Relaxation Before Races
Power Ahead with Mind Movies
Calmness Strategies
Use Video for Success
Remaining Powerful During Uncertainty
Great Swimming: Mental Requirements
Winning - Below Your Best...
Is Time Your Friend, or Your Enemy?
Boosting Motivation When Its Low
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Your Self Image - How It Affects Your Swim Results
Mind Traps to Avoid in Practice and Meets
How Music Can Transform Your Swimming
How to Finish Even Stronger
Champion Thoughts Create Champion Performances
What Your Competitors Do Not Want You To Know on Pool Deck
Advanced Uses of Visualization in Swimming
Re-Motivate Yourself With New Goals After Your Meet
Your Mindset Approaching a Big Meet
Get Results - Swimsuit or No Swimsuit!
The Importance of your Focus
Zoning At The Right Time
How Elka Graham Mastered Marshalling Area Pressures
Power In The Mind Creates Power In The Body
The 3 Most Commonly-Asked Swim Questions
Swimming And The Massive Influence of Emotions
Why You Have No Limits
Dealing Positively and Quickly With Pressure Situations
Work On Your Weaknesses But Focus On Your Strengths
Secrets Of The Successful Swimming Mind
Mastering Your Races & Overcoming Every Hurdle - By Tailoring Your Visualization
Handling Negative Pre-Race Pool Talk
The Grant Hackett Mindset
The Ultimate Way To Handle Intimidation
The No.1 Way To Deal With Any Swim Problem
The Power of Emotions
Comeback Stories Behind the Australian National Titles
Building Up To A Big Event
Recovery From Injury
Moving Through Pain Thresholds, Overcoming Adversity
5 Relaxation Thoughts Before Races
5 Power Thoughts Before Races
Overcoming Fears and Doubts Once And For All
Master Performance Enhancer And Pre-Race Strategy - Stop The Worrying!
Zoning In On The World Champions' Attitudes
Treat Your Challenges Like Phelps, Thorpe, Thomas, Hall and Beard.
Finding Your Perfect Pre-Race Mental Formula - And What The Champions Do.
Achieving Your Potential With Visualization
Swim Success Through Your Self-Image
Boost Your Racing Confidence
Examining Your Swim Beliefs
Creating A Champion Attitude
A Master Mental Training Secret
Breaking Out Of A Slump
The Art of Zen Swimming
The Danger of Comparing Yourself With Competitors
Power Thoughts For Before Races
Competing With Your Team Members
How to Remain Unaffected By Intimidation
A Classic Mindpower Principle To Help Your Performance
The Day Of A Swim Meet - The Perfect Attitude
Olympic Impressions From Athens
Switch On, Switch Off Concentration
Using Your Competitor's Energy!
Leisl Jones's Record-Breaking Visualization
New Secret Technique! Finish Races With A Burst Of Power
Breaking Negative Race Patterns
Thoughts To Avoid Before Races
Personal Success Improves Swimming Success
Making Cuts and Achieving Specific Times
Emotions And Meets
Leading The Race On Your Own
Swimming Successfully Under Pressure
Revisiting The Zone - The Most Powerful Mental State
Using Movies and Music For Motivation
Mental Recovery For Your Next Race
The Most Powerful Knowledge A Swimmer Can Have - To Know Yourself!
Using Atomic Theory To Swim Faster!
Dealing With Pre-Race Doubts & Performance Anxiety
Dealing With A Crisis In Your Swimming
Handling Pain And Fatigue In The Pool
How To Edge Out Your Major Competitors
Maintaining Your Vital Swim Confidence
Observing, and Creating, New Champion Qualities
Moving To A New Team
Mental Training To Overcome False Starts
Dealing Mentally With Your Competitors
How To Achieve A Specific Time You Need To Qualify
Bringing Mental Training Into Your Swimming Life
The Zone
A Crash-Course in: Your Mind and Body in Swimming
Monitor Your Thoughts Before A Big Race
Develop An Expectation To Succeed
Visualization - An Amazing Tool To Bring Down Your Times
You Must Be ONE With The Water!
Mastering Your Main Competitor - Yourself
Will To Win - Accessing The Fire Within
Motivating Yourself When You Feel UN-Motivated - Making Success A Habit
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Slaying The Dragons - Finally Conquering the Pre-Race Doubts (That Refused To Quit!)
Building Team Spirit And Unity  Coaches Article
Success Tips For On The Way To A Swim Meet!
Comparing Times Before Races - And Your Swimming-Personality
Change Your Perception And Transform Your Times
Can Mental Strength Conquer Stronger (or Longer) Bodies?
Sleeping Problems Before Swim Meets
Racing Suit Psychology
Overcoming Racing Paralysis
Competing Successfully Against Big-Name Reputations
Mental Training During Your Taper  Special Article
Belief, Fear And Self-Sabotage
Marshalling Area Psychology
Loving (Or Hating) The Pool At Swim Meets
Essential For All Swimmers - Damage Control!
When Personal Problems Affect Your Swimming
Monitoring For Burnout  Coaches Article
An Insight Into Ian Thorpe's Mental Strength  Special Article
Avoiding Burnout
Staying Positive In Swimming Training
Protecting Yourself From Negativity
Conserve Your Emotional Energy For Your Races
Bringing Cruise-Control Into Your Races
Mental Training - Competing Away From Home
Swimmers Who Get Sick Before Every Big Swimming Meet
Swimming With Injury Pain
How To Race When You Don't Believe In Yourself
When A Swimmer Wants To Quit Swimming  Special Article
Mental Speed Tricks In Swimming
The Mental Differences Between Successful and Average Swimmers
When A Fast New Swimmer Affects Your Motivation...
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Create An Aura of Invincibility
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Practicing With Awareness  Coaches Article
Team Visualizations  Coaches Article
An Exercise in Belief  Coaches Article
How To Change A Long-Term (Bad) Swimming Habit
The Most-Common Recurring Problems
The 5 Major Beliefs Of Swim Success  Special Article
Pre-Race Psych Up  Special Article
You Are Creating Your Future Results - Right Now
Reasons Behind The PB Drought
Master Key To Handling Harsh Criticism
Hungry To Win Vs. Afraid To Lose
Breaking Through Mental Barriers
The Common Fear - Of Success
When Goals Stress You Out
Comparing Yourself To Faster Swimmers - Good or Bad?
Manage Your Life Like a Pro
Overcome Pain During Swimming Training and Races
The Most Common Mental Mistake In Swimming
Surviving The Pressure And Still Winning!
Overcoming Fatigue - Out Of The Pool
Learn To 'Project' In Your Swimming Training
Watch Out For These Traps
Handling Psychological Warfare
How Do I Cope If I Don't Achieve My Goal?
Nervousness Is Good!
Your Team's Enormous Influence On Your Performance
Never Focus On Your Competitors
Use Your Most Powerful Advantage
Roadblock To Success: The Over-Zealous Parent
You MUST Learn To Bounce Back
Do You Need The Killer Instinct?
The Excuse Trap
Beating Tiredness During A Race
Add Power To Your Visualization
Your Constant Ally Is Waiting To Help You
Common Problem: Self-Sabotage
You Must Plan Your Daily Mental Training
The Awesome Power Of The Quiet Achiever
Your Mind Is A Computer - So Run The Right Program!
Overcoming Visualization Problems
The Secret To Improving Your Technique
Beat Fear And Succeed
You Must Conquer The Doubts
Even The Best Use Mind Games
Channel Nervousness Into Energy
How To Achieve Consistency
How Much Confidence Should I Show?
Dealing With Open Intimidation
Thinking Clearly Under Pressure
Training Great - But Terrible In the Swim Meets?
Use Mind Power In Your Swimming Training
Belief: An Essential For Success
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Visualization Is The Key To Your Success
How A Champion Came Back From Nowhere
Reverse Psychology: Pain Is Good!
Who Do You Swim For?
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Create Your Dream Race
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Create A Success Formula
Success Brings Criticism - So Be Ready!
Coping With A New Age Group
How To React When Someone Passes You
Perfectionists - Positive Or Negative?
Experiment Your Way To Success
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Transforming An Average Swim Meet Into A Great One
The Ultimate Secret To All Swimming Success: Happiness
Mental Differences Between Long and Short Distances
Knowing How To Win
Bend Your Reality For Success
Beating Faster Swimmers!
Handling The Pressure When You Are Expected To Win
Succeeding After Illness or Injury
Remove Uncontrollables From Your Thoughts
Mental Training In Your Daily Swimming Routine
How To Overcome Nerves
Discover Your Peak Emotional State
Overcoming Intimidation
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