SS Podcast Episode 20 / Apply Now: May 2020 Coach Ed Course - Mallorca Spain

Coaches: Interested in attending our 3 Day Coach Ed course in Mallorca? See full info below.


Episode 20: Tom Gregory - youngest ever English Channel Swimmer (at just 11yrs old!)

We are back with Season 2 of the Swim Smooth podcast and boy-o-boy do we have a great show for you! Have you ever thought about swimming the English Channel? The busiest shipping lane in the world; typically 14-17 degrees celsius and non-wetsuit over a distance that frequently extends to 50km due to the current and tides that prevail in this stretch of water? Yes, no, maybe? Now, imagine taking on this adventure in the middle of the night at the age of 11 years old. Well, that is exactly what our guest did way back in September 1988 to set the world record at the age of 11 years and 333 days! Totally amazing - please welcome Tom Gregory to the show!



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Apply Now: May 2020 Coach Ed Course - Mallorca Spain

Swim Smooth are very pleased to announce that Head Coach Paul Newsome and the Swim Smooth team will be running our famous 3 Day Coach Education Course in Mallorca in May.

We are now taking applications for:

21-23 May 2020, Best Centre, Mallorca

Are you as passionate about swim coaching as we are? Are you keen to develop your video analysis and stroke correction skills? Would like to understand effective training for distance swimming? Or perhaps you have ambitions to go on and become one of the next generation of Swim Smooth Certified Coaches?

Since we ran our first 3-day Coach Education Course in Birmingham in June 2010 we've had over 520 international coaches complete the course from over 3,000 applicants.

This will be the only course in Europe this year so don't hesitate to apply!

Mallorca: The Class Of 2018
Such is the demand that getting onto the course is not easy but those who are successful epitomise what Swim Smooth is all about - you don't necessarily need to be the most experienced coach to be offered a spot, but you do need to show us your passion, commitment and the purpose to your coaching.

Day 3 is practical day. Your chance to get stuck in and
practise what you have learnt in a live clinic situation.



So what's stopping you? Apply now and get started on your path to better swim coaching!




"Just" A Swimmer? Make Sure You Choose A Certified Swim Smooth Coach!

See yourself like never before: Underwater video
analysis is a key part of every SS Coach's service
As you can see above, we spend a huge amount of effort selecting and training Swim Smooth Coaches. We do that because we know you can't fake it in swim coaching - you need the right knowledge, expertise and experience to help swimmers of all abilities reach their true potential in the water.

So whether you need some help improving your effectiveness and speed with video analysis or are looking to join a fantastic training squad in your area, make sure you choose a Certified Swim Smooth Coach - only they are fully trained by us to transform your swimming.

Find your nearest here: www.swimsmooth.com/coaches

A big welcome to Swim Smooth!

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A Very Special Swim Clinic In Mallorca With Paul Newsome

SS Head Coach and founder Paul Newsome is very excited to announce a special one-off swim clinic in Mallorca in May:

Best Centre, Mallorca, Spain
1 Day SS Clinic, Saturday 23rd May 2020


This clinic is a rare opportunity to have your stroke analysed and corrected by Paul in this amazing location. The clinic features:

- Super-clear filming of your stroke above and below the water in high definition.

- Full analysis of your stroke by Paul, showing you clearly where you are being held back at the moment and exactly how to make the corrections you need. This is recorded for you to take with you and refer to after the clinic.

- Full stroke correction session in the pool tuning up your stroke using the right drills to address your individual needs. Huge step changes are common during this session - it is where the magic really happens!

- A third pool session to identify your CSS pace and set your training speeds to optimally develop your swim fitness going forwards after the clinic. Plus we teach you how to master your pacing skills - poor pacing is something that is holding back many swimmers in the water.

Space is very limited so grab your place now - this clinic is sure to fill very quickly:



Paul filming at the beautiful Best Centre pool - Sunny Mallorca

Can't make it? Book a session with one of our Certified Coaches instead. Hand picked and heavily trained by Paul Newsome and Adam Young to give your swimming a major upgrade! :


And If Your Are Coming To Mallorca, Join Us At The BEST FEST!


Come and join the Swim Smooth team in Mallorca for the "BEST Fest Open Water Swim Festival" from May 23-30th!


The BEST Fest is an amazing set of open water swimming events in the stunning waters of this beautiful mediterranean island. With a different event on every day you can enter as many or as few as you like. Ranging from the 4x 500m team relay through to the mighty 10km Colonia Classic, the BEST Fest has something for you, whatever your level of swimming:


See the full video here: vimeo.com/175058116


All events take place in the beautiful waters around the town of Colonia Sant Jordi. The town is famous for the amazing beaches that lie either side of the town and the island of Cabrera, Spain’s first protected nature marine park, that lies a few kilometres away.

The Swim Smooth team will be in full attendance with many of our coaches (including head coach Paul Newsome) towing the line in the various events.

Think of it like The Tour de France of open water swimming, accumulating points from each race to a series final in your age group. Meet new swimming friends from literally all over the world and enjoy the company of these like-minded swimmers in an area of extreme natural beauty... and no stingers or sharks either!

Where is it: Colonia Sant Jordi is on the southern tip of Mallorca, approximately 50 minutes drive from Palma. Hotel accommodations should be booked via Vanessa at vanessa@bestcentresports.com (please quote "Swim Smooth" for the best deals) - we prefer to stay in the THB Sur - great for the budget conscious and right on the Med! An other good option is the Blue Waters, which is also a short walk from the town's 50m pool.

For full details and to enter, visit: bestopenwater.com

See you there!







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Feedback From Heart Rate On Your Swim Training

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Only a few sizes and models left: shop.swimsmooth.com/collections/huub-demo-wetsuits

Feedback From Heart Rate On Your Swim Training

Many of the wearables on the market such as the new Garmin Swim 2 and Apple Watch can now measure your heart rate when you swim without the need for a chest strap. But how should you use this data to best effect?

As you probably know, at Swim Smooth we have pioneered controlling the intensity of your swimming during key training sets using Finis Tempo Trainer Pros. By knowing your CSS pace you can program a precise time per lap into the Tempo Trainer and so very accurately control how hard you are working from your first lap to last.

Heart rate on the other hand gives an insight into your physiological resonse to training. It gives a delayed reaction to intensity and is influenced by many other factors such as fatigue, hydration levels and water temperature. For that reason it's not a great way to control your intensity but it can offer a lot of insight in other ways.

Here's two heart rate traces from Sean who swims in the SS squads in Perth. Each is a complete CSS session including a warmup and some drills before the main set.

During the first session Sean led his lane. He averaged 1:27 /100m pace during the main set, hitting 176BPM towards the end. You can see a nice consistent build in heart rate through the main set indicating a strong aerobic load which is great training for distance swimming.



Sean then repeated the exact same session but this time drafted behind some slightly faster swimmers than himself:



This time he was faster, averaging 1:25 /100m in the main set but you can see his heart rate doesn't have the same consistent build and he achieves a lower 161 BPM maximum.

So having heart rate recorded during this swim allowed Sean to understand that although he swam faster drafting in the group during the second swim he actually had a poorer session from a training point of view with less aerobic load. Many swimmers would fall into the trap of thinking the opposite, that swimming faster means a better performance and therefore better training.

Here's another example of SS Head Coach Paul Newsome swimming a CSS session on Thursday night here in Perth:


Paul's an experienced swimmer and you can again see that "solid block" of building heart rate through the main set. Myffy (Swim Smooth's new community manager) swam the exact same session at the same time:



And you can see how inconsistent her heart rate was, dropping right down as she stopped during the main set several times. Myffy is new to swimming and setting off a little too quick caused her to need to stop for additional rest, harming the quality of her training. With the insight of the heart rate data she'll take this on board and improve on things next time around.

There are lots of influences on heart rate which make it a challenging metric to interpret at any given moment in time. For that reason it's tempting to disregard it completely, however looking at the trends in your heart rate over the course of a key training set can clearly show when you executed a good session and maintained a good aerobic load.

A key take away here for your own training (regardless of whether you monitor your heart rate) is to make sure that you design sessions with short recoveries and stick to them. It's easy to chat to a friend or slip in a little extra rest during a main set but as we can see above this harms the quality of the session. This is especially important for CSS and Red Mist sessions where it's all about aerobic load.


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HUUB Ex-Demo - SALE NOW ON!

Time to grab yourself a used HUUB wetsuit for a fraction of the full retail price!

We have just released a set of 2019 ex-demo HUUB wetsuits for sale. Each suit is in A1 condition and is priced to sell - make sure you get yours quickly before they go :


Ex Demo suits released for sale:

Snap up a HUUB bargain today!
HUUB Aegis III Womens 3.3 Sizes S/M/ML - £195 (normal retail price £299)
HUUB Aegis II Womens 3.5 Size: L - £155 (normal retail price £299)
HUUB Atana Womens 3.3 Sizes: M/ML/L - £190 (normal retail price £399)
HUUB Axena Womens 3.5 Sizes: XXS/XS/SS/ML - £190 (normal retail price £499)

HUUB Archimedes II Mens 3.5 Sizes: SMT/M - £230 (normal retail price £549)
HUUB Archimedes II Mens 4.4 Size: S - £230 (normal retail price £549)
HUUB Aerious II Mens 3.5 Sizes: S/SMT - £199 (normal retail price £449)
HUUB Aerious II Mens 4.4 Size: M - £199 (normal retail price £449)
HUUB Aegis III Mens 3.5 Sizes: SMTS/M/MT/L/XL - £175 (normal retail price £299)

Want some help sizing your wetsuit? Send us an email to sales@swimsmooth.com and let us know your height and weight. We'll be happy to help!

Not sure whether a 3:3 or 4:4 buoyancy profile is right for you? Check out Paul's explainer video on Youtube:




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When Paul Met Shinji

Thanks for the great response on last week's blog, we've had so many questions about Paul helping Shinji with his stroke that we thought we'd share a little more of the back-story on that this week:

Shinji and Paul Newsome immediately after the 2015 Rottnest Channel Swim 

These guys first met up in Perth just after Shinji had to unfortunately withdraw from the 2015 Rottnest Channel Swim due to severe cramping and hypothermia.

If we compare Shinji's famous Youtube video swimming single 25m laps in the pool...





With his Rottnest Channel swim performance (where he had to retire three-quarters of the way through the event)...



...it is clear that his stroke style was not optimal for the Rottnest conditions.

Contrary to what many might believe, his long stroke and slow cadence made it impossible to get into any sort of rhythm against the waves and swell. The tough conditions can be really seen in this video of Paul swimming in the early stages of the same race: youtu.be/9QB1zSShrVQ

Combining that with Shinji's pronounced 2-beat whip-like kick from the knee, Paul hypothesized that the whip-kick "kick-start" possibly caused the cramping which in turn caused the hypothermia as he had to keep stopping to deal with the cramp. This combination of events led to Shinji struggling through at about 3:00/100m pace prior to withdrawal.

As a testament to Shinji's "kaizen mindset", 6 months ago Shinji released this video which highlights the issues with over-gliding quite clearly: youtube.com/watch?v=VCxNMB_Lq5c

Paul was racing that same day and finished 12th out of 260 starters. Swimming with a 2-beat kick which was driven much more from the hips, his stroke rate was double that of Shinji's (84 SPM vs. 42 SPM):


This gave Paul an average pace of 1:35/100m over the 20km course. This stroke style allowed for better rhythm and fluidity in these rougher conditions (even if Paul's stroke doesn't look as "pretty" as Shinji's in the pool).

How could Shinji improve his open water stroke? After the race, the two discussed candidly how Shinji could work to adapt and improve his stroke for a second attempt at the Rottnest Swim at a future date.

Paul suggested two alternative ideas:

1. Significantly increase stroke rate and reduce glide time whilst focusing on a more hip-driven 2-beat kick.  This would see Shinji becoming a little more "Swinger-like" in his technique (which Paul argued would suit his height and build nicely) replicating swimmers such as Olympic Silver and Bronze medallist David Davies.

2. Marginally increase stroke rate and reduce glide time but develop a more consistent hip-driven 4-beat or 6-beat flutter kick to smooth out any discrepancies in rhythm at the front of the stroke. This would see Shinji becoming more "Smooth-like", so eradicating over-gliding from his stroke. e.g. Olympic Gold medallist, Ferry Weertman.

Shinji ultimately chose option 2 and you can see him using this significantly different stroke in the 2016 Clean Half open water swimming event in Hong Kong:




Shinji named his new stroke the "Cold Rough Open Water Swim" stroke (or "CROS" for short), and you can see visually how much more effective it is in open water - it now looks much more purposeful with the much improved rhythm and kicking technique. Sadly he's not made it back to Rottnest yet but the two stay in close contact hoping to both conquer the Rottnest Channel on the same day soon.

You'll still find a multitude of other Youtube videos proclaiming an overly-long catch-up style stroke as the most efficient way of swimming in the open water over long distances but we'd challenge these swimmers to improve by observing the clear step forwards Shinji has made in the last few years.

Swim Smooth's ultimate "truth" is to help as many swimmers around the world as possible to improve their swimming and this story is testament to that end. We know that there will be more than a few of you out there who will be inspired by Shinji's brilliant development and be able to learn something from our tips outlined above.

We've been humbled by Shinji's open outlook to his improvements and in turn his subsequent education of his own swimmers on the pitfalls of over-doing over-gliding in the freestyle stroke.


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7 Facts You Might Not Know About Swim Smooth

For those of you who have followed Swim Smooth from the very beginning, thank you for all your support over the years. You would think you would know us pretty well after a 15 year relationship but this week on the blog we wanted to surprise you and share a few things from our history that you may not know.

1. "Steam Boat Willie"

Sometime in the 1980s, swimming at Bridlington swimming club in the UK, a young Paul Newsome was given the nickname 'Steam Boat Willie' by his club coach. This was due to the high cadence and naturally punchy style of his stroke compared to some of the taller swimmers in the clubs with more powerful kicks.

At the time he was not aware of the power of his swinger stroke style for long distance and open water swimming but those very early seeds of "perhaps not everyone should swim the same way" were sown.

Paul Newsome as a young 'Steam Boat Willie'. 

2. Swim Smooth was nearly called Swim Clean or even Swim Fresh!

Swim Clean?! No it wouldn't have been the same would it? The idea was to "clean up your stroke technique" - a notion we gave to the very first Swim Smooth product, the DVD boxset:


3. Swim Smooth might have been born in Australia but our strongest support base has always been the UK

A little strange this one, although Paul Newsome originally set up Swim Smooth in Australia in 2004, we've always had the most interest in what we do from the UK. This culminated in British Triathlon asking us to re-write their coaching curriculum for swimming, an association we are very proud of and allows us to influence thousands of coaches across the UK.

Swim Smooth is based here in Perth... (lucky us)


4. The Model For Mr Smooth

In 2009, when we launched our Mr Smooth animation we modelled him on the classic smooth swim stroke of Australian Olympian Jono Van Hazel. Check out Jono Van Hazel's stroke for yourself and compare it to the stroke you see on our Mr Smooth app.

Here's a rarely seen interview Paul conducted with Jono just after filming:



The mighty Jono Van Hazel - the smoothest swimmer of them all?

5. Swim Types


The initial development of the Swim Types methodology started to take form in 2008. In order to acquire enough evidence and case studies for each type, it wasn't formally released until 2010.

We launched the system on our very first Coach-Ed course in 2010 (of which we've now run 35 editions to over 600 coaches around the world):
The class of 2010 - Aston University, UK

6. Swim Smooth's Mini-Olympics

In 2010, thinking that his Perth squad would enjoy and benefit from being taught to swim all 4 strokes and focus a little more on some sprinting, Head Coach Paul Newsome organised a "mini-Olympics" for his squad of (then) 200 swimmers.

After a 10 week dedicated program focusing on these events, only 7 people showed up for the final competition. A corner was turned - Swim Smooth would focus on what we do best - distance freestyle for pool, triathlon and open water swimming.

7. Swim Smooth vs. Total Immersion

Historically considered key competitors, SS Head Coach Paul Newsome and TI Head Coach Terry Laughlin only ever met each other once - glamorously enough in the men's lavatories at the 220 Triathlon Show in the UK in 2013!

You'll be pleased to know that some pleasantries were exchanged as Paul left the toilets as Terry was heading in. Paul has since helped Japanese TI Coach Shinji Takeuchi improve his rhythm and fluidity for better open water swimming after the two met at the Rottnest Channel Swim in 2015:



So now we've shared a few moments (some more embarrassing than others) at Swim Smooth, we hope you feel you know us a little better and continue to support us for another 15 years and beyond!


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Yes, You're Going To Be Slow... Suck It Up Princess

Getting back to training after a lay-off?

Are you thinking about:

- Using a pull-buoy for a few weeks to make things easier? Or maybe buoyancy shorts?

- Training by yourself for a few weeks before joining your usual group?

- Or training with them, gunning it for 20 minutes until you're blown before jumping out saying you have got a work meeting to get to?

- Making all your sessions private on Strava 'cause you're going to be slow?


Doing any of those things is down to an inflated sense of pride. Your precious ego doesn't want anyone to think you are anything less than brilliant at all times... so you hide.

Here's the thing:
N O B O D Y   C A R E S !




So: Suck it up. Park your ego at the door, walk in the pool building and just do the session as best you can (a slower pace) without any special compensations (e.g. a pull buoy).

And then post it unedited on Strava *without* a witty title like "too much xmas pudding".

Most people won't even notice you're slower than normal. And those who do will just shrug. You can tell them why if you want but it would be even more humble to just stay quiet and get on with it.

Do that and you will improve as quickly as possible, your friends will respect you more and your sense of self will be far less god like.

So go on, do the work and if you are good enough to beat everyone come the big race this summer, you still will.


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Want To Make A BIG Improvement? Set A Long Term Goal

Here's a thought for setting your fitness goals for 2020 (and beyond):

Most people overestimate what they can achieve in 6 months and underestimate what they can achieve in 2-3 years.

When planning our next challenge, most of us set goals that are perhaps 4-9 months away. You might enter an open water event or target a triathlon performance in a big race. That's great because 4-9 months is the sort of period over which you can get very focused and really apply yourself. You can see some nice gains over this time but it's rare to make truly transformative improvements over such a short period.

Train progressively and consistently over a longer period of 2 to 3 years and it's possible to keep improving to levels that are so far beyond where you are now you might not believe it's possible for you to swim that far or that quickly.

And of course not believing something is possible automatically holds you back. After all, why continue focused training beyond 4-9 months if you think that's pretty much as good as you're going to get?

Here's a good example of what's possible where SS Head Coach Paul Newsome coached Pro triathlete Kate Bevilaqua from 62 minutes for an Ironman swim down to 49 minutes (a massive improvement at the elite level):


Note that even a talented athlete like Kate didn't achieve this overnight, in fact even when the improvements started coming, it still took a further 3 years to reach her ultimate potential. (Find out more about this journey in our interview with Kate here: www.feelforthewater.com/2013/08/kate-bevilaqua-interview-going-from-62.html)

Some further thoughts around longer term goals:

- It's hard to stay focused over longer periods so create a timeline of shorter term goals 3-6 months apart along the way. These might be specific events or mini-targets you want to hit in training. The key is that these mini-goals should motivate you so choose targets or events that push you and excite you at the same time.

- We're not saying you should train continuously without any sort of break for 2-3 years. You need to divide periods of more intense training with some low-key training for 3-6 weeks. As a general rule, avoid training intensely for more than 6 months continuously without some sort of respite.

- Consider all aspects of your preparation - nutrition, flexibility, posture, recovery - as well as your basic training. A holistic approach such as this will unlock more gains at different times along the way.

- "Become a swimmer" - change swimming from something you do to something that's central to who you are. Study it, swim it, watch it on TV, observe others and experiment in your preparation. Totally embrace everything swimming and become a student of your sport.


Achieved your goal? OK let's take things to the next level.

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How Will You Improve Your Swimming In 2020?

Our 2019 SS Christmas card by the fantastic Daisy Courtauld
A very Merry Christmas from everyone at Swim Smooth! As we move quickly towards 2020 and you start thinking about the year ahead, it's worth giving your swimming a little thought and where you will make your gains this coming year.

To get you started with this, here are six ideas below which you might choose from. We recommend strong recommend only choosing two or three things. Don't spread your focus too thin with too many things to think about - less is more!

Here's some ideas from us:

- Make the shift from single-sided to bilateral breathing. Straightening out your stroke and improving your catch technique are two great knock-on benefits of switching to breathing every three strokes. (For more benefits see here: www.feelforthewater.com/2019/05/and-now-case-for-bilateral-breathing.html) Expect this change to take about 6 weeks of focus before the strangeness of breathing to both sides starts to feel right!

- Aim to be super-consistent with your training. By being fitter you'll be able to swim further and faster but fitness takes a long time to develop over many months of effort. The mistake many swimmers and triathletes make is to smash out big training sets over a few sessions but then mentally and physically break down as the effort catches up with them. Far better to train at an 80-90% effort over many months than 110% over a couple of weeks. Make consistency your goal in 2020!
Worth reading in relation to this is our classic blog post: Is Your Fitness In A Permanent State Of Snakes And Ladders?www.feelforthewater.com/2013/09/is-your-swim-fitness-in-permanent-state.html

- Transform your pacing skills. "Good pacing" isn't a sexy idea but it is absolutely key to achieving your best performances in your key events and is a skill possessed by all great distance athletes. Good pacing in training also improves the quality of your sessions so you get more fitness gains from each.
Check out our recent (and much copied) blog post on how Eliud Kipchoge used lasers to run with perfect pacing, a key component of him smashing the 2 hour barrier for the marathon: www.feelforthewater.com/2019/10/lasers-vs-tempo-trainers-what-can-we.html

- Find the right stroke length for you. For decades now swim coaches have been telling swimmers to make their stroke as long as they can. This is terrible advice for most age-group swimmers! The key to great swimming is to find the right balance between the length of your stroke and the cadence ("stroke rate"). If you've been following Swim Smooth for a while you will know that we use Tempo Trainer Pros to help you fine tune your stroke rate and develop that optimum rate for you.
Find out more here: swimsmooth.com/improve/intermediate/rhythm-timing-and-stroke-rate-in-swimming and consider a ramp test to find the magic number for your swimming: swimsmooth.com/improve/intermediate/the-swim-smooth-stroke-rate-ramp-test

- Switch from sprint to CSS and Red Mist training. Most masters swimmers aim at short events such a 50, 100 and 200m. That's great but it means that masters squads tend to focus on sprint training aimed at developing pure speed in the water. If you are training for longer events (e.g. 800m or longer), perhaps for triathlon or open water swims then this sort of training is completely the opposite of what you need. Rather than sprinting short intervals with long recoveries you need to focus on long intervals with shorter recovery periods (such as our classic CSS and Red Mist sessions).
This will train the capacity of your aerobic system so that you can sustain a strong speed for longer periods. We call this Becoming A Diesel Engine. More here: www.feelforthewater.com/2013/01/becoming-diesel-engine.html

- Focus on your stroke rhythm for open water swimming. One of the key differences between swimming in a pool vs. rivers, lakes or the ocean is the condition of the water. In open water it's far more likely to be disturbed by chop and waves, either from the prevailing conditions or inevitably from other swimmers in the event (see here).  The key to swimming efficiently through disturbed water is to shorten your stroke slightly and increase your stroke rhythm to give you more continuous propulsion. Try and maintain an overly-long stroke and you be stalled dead in the gap between your strokes when chop or a wave hits. This is why many strong pool swimmers struggle to transfer their speed to open water.

Take a little time to think holistically about your swimming and what it needs to move forwards, choose the right things and you'll be rewarded with some big steps forwards in 2020.


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Swim Smooth Celebrates Our 15th Birthday!

We can't believe it - this week Swim Smooth is celebrating its 15th Birthday! We wanted to use this opportunity to celebrate the global swimming community we have built over the years, most notably by the fantastic group of Swim Smooth Coaches spread around the world, delivering daily sessions to thousands of swimmers in the squad setups (more on this below).

But first, let's kick off with a quick promo video highlighting all the activities going on at our home base in Perth, Australia - it's called Swim Smooth Is Rocketfuel:



But things didn't always look quite so polished! Here's a recently unearthed shot from our very first ever Swim Smooth clinic series and one of our Head Coach Paul Newsome's first opportunities to take his innovative coaching techniques and swimming philosophy to the world:

2005 Clinic, Belfast Northern Ireland (Paul in white)

On that same tour, here's Paul's wife Michelle manning the stand on the original Swim Smooth camper van:



Looking back over the last 15 years our single proudest achievement has to be the development of a fantastic network of Swim Smooth coaches who feel as passionately as we do about coaching the individual (and not the stroke). We have trained over 55 coaches from 12 different countries who now work daily with over 6000 swimmers to unlock their potential through our individualised coaching approach:

Coach Merle Talviste - SS Singapore
Coach Rob Kwaaitaal - SS Netherlands
Coach Morgan Williams - SS Yorkshire (and Lanzarote!)
Coach Lucy Lloyd-Roach - SS Manchester
Coach Seamus Williams - SS Felixstowe
Coach Linda Bostic - SS Palm Beach
Coach Mike Jotautas - SS Louisville KT
Coach Gemma Hollis - SS Woodlands TX
Coach Jason Tait - SS Swindon
Coach Bart Rolet - SS Montreal
Coach Fiona Ford - SS London
Coach Mary Jessey - SS Calgary
Every day we hear stories and achievements from these swimmers and it constantly inspires us at Swim Smooth HQ to keep spreading the magic to all corners of the globe.
But we also felt passionately that we wanted to spread the word to those of you who don't have a Swim Smooth coach in your area. So following hundreds of hours of content recording and session writing, we launched our online coaching platform The Swim Smooth Guru:

With over 3000 loyal subscribers, we are ecstatic that everyone has the ability to unleash the power of Swim Smooth on their own swimming in their local area. The Guru has a multitude of training plans suitable for all abilities from complete beginners to competitive athletes - whatever you need for your swimming, we have got the training plan for you!

As well as all of this, we have squeezed in writing over 500 blog posts and our famous book on our coaching methodology which has sold over 50,000 copies worldwide!

Despite all these highlights, Paul's secret favourite moment from the past 15 years was in fact the day he spent with The Pussycat Dolls' Kimberley Wyatt, at the Triathlon Show. The smile on his face in this picture says it all! He is still waiting for her to return his calls...



A big thanks from us to you for following us and spreading the word about better swimming wherever you are in the world.

As always, we have loads of exciting developments in the pipeline that we can't wait to share with you in the New Year... but for now, we want to wish you a very Happy Christmas and Fantastic New Year!

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