Announcing New SS Coaches In Chicago, Dubai, Belgium, Netherlands & UK

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Swim Smooth are very proud to announce the certification of five new Swim Smooth Coaches in Chicago, Dubai, Belgium, Netherlands and the UK!

Training to be a SS Coach is a huge undertaking. Developing the necessary skills and experience of advanced video analysis, stroke correction, squad coaching and open water skills takes time and cannot be rushed. We are fortunate enough to be able to pick our coaches from a large talent pool but even for the most experienced, training takes at least 1 to 2 years.

You've probably seen pictures of our the coaches training in Perth and whilst the endless sunshine and beautiful pools look glamorous, it's anything but a holiday. It's incredibly intense and exhausting as we push them to the limit with long days and endless challenges. Most coaches sleep all the way home on the plane from Perth before relentlessly continuing their development week in, week out at their home base, mentored by ourselves.

So whether you are a complete beginner or elite competitor, when you see a Swim Smooth Coach you can be assured you are seeing a brilliant coach, highly trained with the very best coach methods at their disposal.

A very big welcome to the coaching team Stacee, Merle, Rob, Filip and Jason! :

Stacee Seay, Chicago, USA:

Stacee is a USAT, USAC and Swim Smooth Certified Coach who lives, works and trains in the Chicagoland area. She has a lifetime of experience as an athlete and has been coaching competitive and recreational athletes since 2008.

Her knowledge of anatomy, physiology and kinesiology gives her a unique understanding of the human body and how to adapt workload and training stress to get the best out of each individual athlete she trains around the world. She has coached all levels from children, youth and adults. Many of these athletes have become Elite National and World Champions in the sport of triathlon.

Merle Traviste, Dubai, UAE:

Under the desert sun Merle runs an endurance and triathlon swim squad, video analysis & private coaching, an improving beginners program and giving advice to anyone interested in improving their open water and triathlon swimming.

She is a true believer that coaching the athlete and not the stroke is the best way to get results. Dubai has an amazing environment and facilities that allow athletes to train year round, making it an age group athletes dream!

Merle is excited to introduce Swim Smooth to the growing triathlon community in the Middle East to ensure athletes have access to quality swim coaching to compliment the facilities available.

Rob Kwaaitaal, Nijmegen, Netherlands: /

Rob started his triathlon career in 1985 at the age of 15. Over the years he participated in hundreds of triathlons, bike-races, running events, open water and pool based swim races. As a triathlete Rob Kwaaitaal won multiple Dutch Championships at the Masters division (Olympic Distance and Sprint) and still competes at elite level in draft legal short course races in The Netherlands.

Rob likes to pass on the knowledge and experience he has gained in over thirty years of endurance sports to other athletes. The mission of is to teach swimmers and triathletes to swim quickly and easily.

Filip Rigole, Zwevegem, Belgium:

Filip has been active in triathlon since the early 90’s, first as an active triathlete and since 2000 as coach.

In 2013 Filip founded, offering personal and online coaching for athletes all over the world.

It was on a Belgian coaching course that he first came across Swim Smooth and quickly found that this is the right approach if you want to improve your swimming.

Filip runs squads, video analysis and stroke correction sessions in Kuurne and Harelbeke.

Jason Tait, Swindon / Cotswolds, UK:

Jason has always been passionate about swimming and has always swum for either competition, fun or fitness. Jason had his first taste of coaching and teaching after his children were born, teaching them to swim at an early age and getting the bug of helping others achieve in the water.

He then went on to take his coaching and teaching exams, coaching at club level and then becoming one of the South West Regions only ASA and STA fully qualified Open Water Specialist coaches, also serving as an Open Water Coach for Wiltshire ASA and a local swimming club.

The range of athletes Jason coaches in both pool and open water is extensive from total beginner to Ironman athletes and channel swimmers, and from 8 year old kids through to 70 year old veterans.

For full information on all our Swim Smooth coaches see:

For more information on training to become a Swim Smooth coach see:

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1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Good post.

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