About FM

About FM


Who we are

Fluid Mechanics is an athletic consulting company that takes a unique visual approach to help swimmers develop, achieve and exceed their goals.  Our swimmers have competed in every major international competition, including the Olympics, World Championships and World Games.

Fluid Mechanics was founded in 1987 by John B. Waldman, a renowned leader and visionary in competitive swimming instruction, and a former world-ranked swimmer and record-holder.  Waldman was mentored throughout his career by Dr. James E. Counsilman – widely considered the most successful coach of all time – who has coached such swimming luminaries as Mark Spitz, Gary Hall Sr., Charles Hickcox and John Kinsella.

Learn Why Fluid Mechanics is the Best Opportunity in Swimming


When you work with Fluid Mechanics you provide your swimmer with the BEST opportunity in swimming!

How can we say that?

At Fluid Mechanics we use a four step approach called FM VisionWorksTM to dramatically improve swimmers' performance.  This approach includes:

1. Our Source

The BEST information from the most successful coach of all-time.

Fluid Mechanics is positioned to be the best in the industry because we source our coaching and technique strategy from the legendary Dr. James E. "Doc" Counsilman.

Counsilman's Accomplishments

  • #1 most successful coach of all time
  • Author of "Science of Swimming" - translated into 57 languages, distributed worldwide.
  • Doctorate in Exercise Physiology and Professor Emeritus of Physical Education.
  • Inventor of the swimming pace clock
  • Coach of the Indiana Men’s swim team for 33 years.
  • 20 Consecutive Big Ten titles.
  • 6 Consecutive NCAA titles.
  • 12 National AAU titles.
  • Head coach of the United States Olympic men's swimming team. Winning 7 of 10 gold medals in the 1964 Tokyo Olympics and 12 of 13 in the 1976 Montreal Olympics.
  • He coached a multitude of world record holders and world champions such as Mark Spitz, Gary Hall Sr., Charles Hickcox, John Kinsella, and Mike Troy
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Through "Doc's" direct tutelage our founder, John B. Waldman, became one of the world's premier swimmers.  Having been mentored by Counsilman, Waldman has the tools and the knowledge to unlock the full potential of any swimmer.  Their combined love for swimming and teaching lead to the invention of Fluid Mechanics and the development of the BEST opportunity in swimming.

Waldman's Accomplishments

  • Founder and Chairman of the "International Consortium of Experts"
  • Board Member of the “Journal Of Swimming Research Coaches Review Board
  • Live Presenter "International Swimming Hall of Fame Coaches Clinic"
  • Live Presenter "Central States Coaches Clinic"
  • Live Presenter (4x) “World Aquatics (formerly FINA) Learning Platform
  • Live Presenter Navy SEALS - Mind Works
  • Live Presenter SOCOM - Mind Works
  • Author of over 150 visual study guides on High Performance Swimming
  • Creator of the “Mind Works”, "FM Technique", "FM Strength", "FM Energy Systems" educational series
  • Creator of the "FM Animations", "FM Discovery Center", "FM College Pipeline"
  • Inventor of "FM Time Zone", "FM Race Mapping", "FM Training Planners"
  • Creator of the "FM VisionWorksTM” Training System
  • Founder Fluid Mechanics, Inc. 1987
  • USMS Breaststroke World Record Holder for over 10 years
  • Five Time US Master's American Record Holder
  • Ranked 11th in the world by the American Swim Coaches Association in 1982
  • Eight Time Senior National Finalist
  • Canadian Cup Champion
  • USS All-American
  • Seven Time Big Ten Champion
  • Eastern Collegiate Champion
  • Captain Indiana University Swim Team
  • Maine Swimming Hall of Fame Inductee
  • Hebron Academy Athletic Hall of Fame Inductee
  • Captain Hebron Academy Swim Team
  • New England Prep School Champion
  • New England YMCA Champion
  • Prep School All-American
  • Maine State YMCA Champion

2. Our Program

The BEST program, customized to your swimmer.

We pair our knowledge base with a custom “track” for each swimmer in order to progress through and develop their skills over a series of organized, systematic sessions.  Our visual system for learning, called FM VisionWorksTM, is the world’s first program to use life-like avatars to teach the science of swimming.  This ground-breaking training system utilizes the latest theories in sports psychology, exercise physiology, and biomechanics.  With FM VisionWorksTM avatars, swimmers internalize advanced athletic concepts at-a-glance.  Simply put, swimmers “see it, then do it.”

Our Information

  • Constantly Updated to Cutting Edge
  • Highly Organized
  • Refined for Easy Delivery
  • Presented Graphically to Quickly Grasp Concepts

3. Our Instructors

The BEST instructors, hand picked and trained by our in-house experts.

Since 1987, Fluid Mechanics has built a network of highly trained experts dedicated to empowering swimmers to go beyond their limits.  Swimmers have the opportunity to learn directly from these world-class consultants through personalized clinics, workshops, and specialized camps.

Fluid Mechanics instructors have an education background in order to ensure maximum effectiveness.  They start by interacting directly with swimmers and their parents to understand their goals and aspirations.  Then our team of experts use the FM VisionWorksTM system to expand the swimmers’ capabilities and transform them into high performance athletes.  Throughout the process, our experts leverage the FM VisionWorksTM training system to quickly teach complex swim concepts, giving each swimmer the confidence and skills they need to make their dreams come alive.

Qualities & Training

  • Swimming Experts
  • Backgrounds in Education and Applied Psychology
  • Excellent Communicators
  • Highly Trained, Rigorously Tested and Certified
  • Only a 2% Graduation Ratio

4. Our Athletes

The BEST athletes, selected by our instructors.

We only work with highly motivated athletes, who are receptive to our information and dedicated to achieving their goals.

Basically...we know swimming!

Our Approach

We focus on the whole swimmer by applying the science of swimming through in-water instruction, land-based strength-training programs, and mental preparation.  Our hand-picked trainers are amazing teachers, who work with individual swimmers using our proprietary FM VisionWorksTM system.  FM VisionWorksTM allows us to tailor a custom program for each swimmer that uses visualization techniques based on lifelike avatars to develop their skills.

Our track record

  • Over 6,500 swimmers in Junior Olympics, Zone and Sectional Championships
  • Over 2,400 swimmers in YMCA Nationals, Junior and Senior Nationals, NCAA Championships and Olympic Trials
  • Athletes swimming for nearly every major university, including Harvard, Yale, Princeton, Stanford, and University of Texas
  • Elite swimmers regularly participating in major international competitions, including the World Championships and Olympics

Our winning strategies can help any serious swimmer improve their techniques and reach new heights in both confidence and execution.  We welcome swimmers beginning at age nine and offer introductory private sessions to get your swimmer started.

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