Announcing New SS Coaches In Birmingham and Oxford, UK

Swim Smooth are very proud to announce the certification of two new Swim Smooth Coaches in Oxford and Birmingham, 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 coach, training takes at least 1 to 2 years.

Whether you are a complete beginner or elite competitor, when you see a Swim Smooth Coach you can be assured you are seeing a talented highly trained individual with the very best coaching methods at their disposal.

A very big welcome to the coaching team Dave and Ali! :

Dave Knight, Birmingham & West Midlands :

Dave has spent many years as an athlete in the sport, racing all over the world in the various distances. He has competed in numerous long distance/Ironman events including Ironman UK, Wales, Lanzarote, Barcelona and the European Championships at Ironman Frankfurt.

As a coach Dave's philosophy is that you never stop learning. He actively seeks out opportunities to work with other top coaches in order to gain experience in the methods that lead to success. Dave has spent time working alongside world renowned Brett Sutton and his squad of professional athletes in St. Moritz and Fuerteventura. This experience with Brett has helped shape Dave's own coaching methodology and many of the sessions Do3 athletes complete have their roots with Brett in St. Moritz.

Dave currently runs weekly swimming and running squad sessions in Stratford upon Avon, Warwickshire. ‘Do3 Squad’ has grown rapidly over the last 12 months and now has over 100 active members with all abilities from occasional newbie swimmers up to top age-groupers and professional athletes.

1-2-1 Swim Analysis and Stroke Correction - Warwickshire and West Midlands:

Swim Squad - Stratford upon Avon. 6-7am Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays:

Swim Squad - Birmingham and Coventry (opening spring 2017!):

Ali Hollest, Oxford / Henley on Thames, UK:

Ali has been competing in all distances of triathlon for years and is fortunate enough to be able to transfer his passion for the sport into coaching.

Ali understands there is a lot to take on in your first triathlon and particularly enjoys coaching and mentoring novice athletes and swimmers. Being a competitor as well as coach he understands that for some athletes, just crossing the finish line is not enough and you have times and PBs to improve on year on year, and podiums to stand on.

Ali believes that triathlon should be competitive but also enjoyable - it's important to get the life/work/social/wife/husband/kids/training balance right. As such his athlete training programmes factor in family and rest time as well as realistic training volumes.  It is not always about the amount of time that is spent training, more often than not, results come from using the time you have available to train effectively; reducing stress and fatigue with adequate recovery.

1-2-1 Video Analysis and Stroke Correction - Reading and Abingdon

Swim Squad - Abingdon, 8:45-9:45pm Tuesdays, 9-10pm Wednesdays and 7-8am Fridays

Swim Squad - Reading, 7-8am Wednesdays

Swim Squad - High Wycombe, 8-9pm Thursdays

For full information on all our Swim Smooth coaches and to find your local Swim Smooth Coach see:

And for more information on training to become a Swim Smooth coach, visit:

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