50,000 Of You - Wow!

This week the number of subscribers for the Feel For The Water blog went through the 50,000 barrier. As far as we know that makes this the most popular swimming blog on the web with over 100 new swimmers joining every day!

Thanks to each and every one of you for giving us a portion of your time every Friday, it's inspiring (and sometimes a little nerve racking) writing for such a growing and passionate audience every week. As we pass by this milestone we thought you might like to know a bit more about how Swim Smooth operates and where your email comes from every week :

Hello from sunny Perth this very morning! (click to enlarge)

- Although many of our coaches are English, we choose to base our coaching in Perth, Western Australia. If you've ever been here you'll understand why: It has an amazing climate, beautiful beaches and ocean, thousands of buff Aussie swimmers and 25 (yes twenty five) public 50m pools - all for a population of one million people!

- We run fifteen Swim Smooth squad sessions a week from our home base at Claremont Pool catering for around 300 swimmers. These cover the whole spectrum of abilities from absolute beginners, developing swimmers, world class age group triathletes and masters swimmers, all the way up to elite triathletes and open water swimmers. We work with all ages and ability levels of swimmer every day and we're very proud of our ability to develop and inspire each and every one.

- We conduct between ten and fifteen full video analysis and stroke correction sessions every week and have been doing so for the last ten years. If you've been on one of our highly sought after Stroke Correction Clinics you'll know we're world leaders in the use of video analysis to diagnose and correct issues with swimmer's strokes.

- We run year round open water sessions developing and refining our swimmers' open water skills. This is another area we're very passionate about.

- Swim Smooth constantly train and develop other coaches. This includes our work with the British Triathlon Federation operating Coach Education courses for them to train the next generation of triathlon coaches in the UK in the art of swim coaching.

- Many of our coaches have elite swimming and triathlon backgrounds and all are still training, racing and having fun in the water today. Our own head coach Paul Newsome was on the UK's World Class Triathlon program in the build up to the 2000 Olympics and is still racing at a very high level today, right now in marathon open water swimming.

Working with so many swimmers in such an in depth way has created an insightful and thorough program for swimmers of all ability levels. We don't know of any other group anywhere in the world that has immersed themselves in these experiences simultaneously for over ten years - we really do 'live swimming' (and don't we know it when the alarm goes off at 4:15am every morning for squad training!).

OK, that's enough about us, we'll be back next week with more tips to develop your swimming. Thanks again for reading - we have been beavering away on six exciting projects for 2012 which we can't wait to show you. These include one special female swimmer whose stroke we've been lovingly refining.

Enjoy your time in the water!

Paul, Adam, Linda, Francene, Sandy, Sally, Shelley, Ceinwen, Nic, Adam, Noel and Jon


Anonymous said...

When will you work on all strokes ?

Jill Van Slyke said...

I have been reading your blog for a while now, and it was great to learn even more about you. The pictures of Perth make me want to move there from California . . .

Jim said...

Ditto as above, except I'm not moving from the hell that is Lost Ang-uhleez! Great read & thanx!

Anonymous said...

Congratulations Swim Smooth! I have been reading and watching for about a year and have taken about 5 seconds off my 100m front crawl by discovering what a 'catch' is. Who knew it would actually be an easier stroke! I also teach lifeguarding / lifesaving and send my students here as well. Fantastic. Good on ya (?!)
Cheers from Vancouver BC

paulb said...

First of all congratulations SwimSmooth on a fantastic resource available through this website and blog. I've purchased both an Arnie pdf help documentand the Swimsmooth Catch Masterclass DVD. Without doubt the best £30 I've ever spent on a swim book, video or lesson. Thank You.
How I wish I was in Perth, you guys are so lucky to live in such a great swim friendly part of the world. Keep up the great work and look forward to the next 50,000 members joining the SwimSmooth Way.

Regards and Thanks again!!!

Russell Danby said...

What a fantastic site. I'm entered for the English Channel Swim in 2013 and your site is a continual source of inspiration. Jill - i've wanted to move from cold England to Perth, but if you're leaving a space in sunny California...!!!

Anonymous said...

Well, if the swimger swimmer is in a bikini, do we get the smooth swimmer in a small speedo?

My favorite swim site, keep it up!

Paul said...

Thanks for all your comments and well wishes everyone - it's been quite a year with the English Channel swim, my new daughter being born last week and now this milestone. Without your support and interest in what we do we'd be at a big loss. So a big heart-felt thanks from us!

Anonymous # 1 - the four strokes are in the pipeline, but we still have so much to do with freestyle as part of what you'll see in the next 6-12 months.

Jill - if you're ever over here on holiday, make sure you look us up...we are currently planning a US Tour for early 2012 though and California is on that list...watch this space - somewhere I've always wanted to go!

Fred23 - really glad you've found the DVD useful...we're really happy with it and have some new projects along a similar vein on the way soon!

Russell - make sure you check out our English Channel report from the start of September on the Blog...who's your pilot?

Anonymous # 2 - good point! ;-)



Anonymous said...

Hooray! I've been waiting for the Lady Smooth Swimmer to get in the pool! I just can't wrap my head around swimming like a guy, so thanks very much for putting in the effort for us gals!! Thanks for not making her wear a string bikini (LOL)! Much appreciation from San Francisco, CA.

Anonymous said...

I have no doubt that you will reach i million soon, because your blog covers communications on not just swimming in the water, but living smoothly in the air, and you like Peter have caught people not fish anymore.

Cheers to your beautiful team workers

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