Building Water Confidence
NATIONAL RECREATION AND PARK ASSOCIATION
“Go Deep. Live Empowered.” This slogan, which belongs to the Underwater Torpedo League (UTL), speaks to the program’s tactics and goals to build water confidence nationwide through a newly developed, water-based sport.
Played in teams of five, the game takes place completely underwater. The object is to deposit the pool torpedo into the opposing team’s goal. Players can move the torpedo forward by swimming with it, handing it off or passing it to another team member while submerged. Once the game is initiated, the torpedo must remain underwater and the player in control of the torpedo cannot break the surface — doing so results in a penalty drop for the receiving team.
An MMA Fighter Takes a Deep Breath and Goes to Work
WALL STREET JOURNAL
Only an MMA fighter would consider a version of underwater rugby the perfect activity for a rest day. Ilima-Lei Macfarlane, the undefeated Bellator women’s flyweight world champion, heads to the pool on down days to train with Deep End Fitness in San Diego.
The Hawaiian-born fighter typically hiked the trails around her San Diego home on rest days. But the downhill portions left her knees aching. Last fall, she mentioned to her high school friend, New Orleans Saints linebacker Manti Te’o, that she was looking for a low-impact...
Disruptors Hypnotic & Deep End Fitness join forces to lead the underwater fitness revolution
Disruptive story design company Hypnotic has been named agency of record for Deep End Fitness (DEF), a partnership set to propel DEF into leadership of the underwater fitness category.
Hypnotic will help Deep End craft its disruptive story and brand it through the website, sales presentations, advertising, and marketing content. Additionally, Hypnotic will create highly-targeted landing pages and funnels to increase DEF’s conversion rates and sales.
MEET DON TRAN OF DEEP END FITNESS AND THE UNDERWATER TORPEDO LEAGUE
Today we’d like to introduce you to Don Tran.
Don, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
Deep End Fitness (DEF) and the Underwater Torpedo League’s (UTL) training methodology was started when my co-founder, Prime Hall and I were working as Marine Corps Water Survival Instructors at Camp Pendleton together in 2010 while training to be a Marine Raider at the Marine Special Operations Command.
DEEPEND FITNESS UNDERWATER TRAINING
FOX SPORTS SAN DIEGO
LOS ANGELES LORI REPORTS ON A NEW AND INNOVATIVE FITNESS WORKOUT
WELCOME TO THE DEEP END FOR SWIMMING’S ANSWER TO DEEP END FITNESS
Those are the four words the Underwater Torpedo League and Deep End Fitness were founded on in 2017 when former military special forces members and water survival instructors Prime Hall and Don Tran created their league and workout program to help build water confidence and create a positive shift within their Southern California community. And it’s worked. Since its inception, they’ve worked with 100s of local athletes, NFL All-Pros, UFC Champions, Netflix stars and even Olympic Swimmers.
CARMOUCHE HOPES SHE'S FOUND KEY TO BEATING SHEVCHENKO -- UNDERWATER
SAN DIEGO -- LIZ CARMOUCHE sat in her truck for 30 minutes, frustrated. She was physically and emotionally drained.
Carmouche's MMA teammate Ilima-Lei Macfarlane had invited her to do underwater training, a program called Deep End Fitness. Carmouche, while an exceptional athlete and veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps, had never been much of a swimmer. She didn't even know how to float or tread water in the pool.
FIGHTING GAVE ASHLEY YODER A PURPOSE AFTER BROTHER'S DEATH
Ashley Yoder was a 20-year-old undergrad at Indiana University studying criminal justice. She had an internship at the Monroe County (Indiana) prosecutor's office. Before that, she was a cheerleader, swimmer and her high school's homecoming queen.
But at this particular moment in 2008, she stood barefoot inside a fenced-in structure in an exhibition hall on the Indiana State Fairgrounds. Standing across from her was a woman more than two decades her senior, all sinewy muscle and life experience. Yoder was about to get into a fight, and she realized this was not at all what she had signed up for.
POOL WORKOUTS (THAT DON'T INVOLVE SWIMMING LAPS)
Taking a workout into the water doesn’t have to involve swimming endless laps. The unique opportunities that come along with exercising in water, such as increased buoyancy and all-around compression, make it a smart way to optimize a workout — and have a little fun while you’re at it.