Will You Be Joining Us In Sunny Mallorca For The BEST FEST Of Open Water Swimming?

A multitude of races over a variety of distances to choose from

Dear swimmers,

After the last 3 years attending Europe's BEST Fest of open water swimming in Mallorca, many of you have been enquiring about joining us on this magical Mediterranean island to participate in the 2019 edition of the best open water swimming experience available anywhere on the planet!

Picture this: Waking up every morning to join the Swim Smooth team of coaches and other swimmers for a super invigorating 800m swim in the Med, before a relaxed buffet-style breakfast and a casual stroll through the town to the start of the day's race - anywhere from 1.5 to 10km - and then enjoying a late lunch, a sangria or two and then accessing one of the free swimming clinics and seminars that we offer to support the festival.

That's all before a sunset dinner at some of the best casual dining in Europe. Sound good? Multiply by seven and you've got a fabulous week of swimming where you might race anything up to 30+km and with the additional swim sessions and easy morning limber-ups, easily clocking up 40km... if you want to! Take it as seriously or as casually as you wish. Bring or hire a bike and take a 90 minute road trip to access some of the best mountainous riding anywhere on the planet, or bring your trainers for some brilliant coastal trail running around Colonia Sant Jordi.

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. Various hotel accommodations can be booked via Vanessa at vanessa@bestswimcentre.eu (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.

Event website: Entry for the various races can be made at www.bestopenwater.com/prices-offers/ - all 7 events plus a free relay entry can be purchased for 250 Euros but there is the option to also pick and choose as you wish!

Race as Swim Smooth: I reckon we've got a good chance of being the best attended "club" or even "country" through the "People's Republic of Swim Smooth" - as we're making a big push for other Swim Smooth followers from across the planet to come and join us for one almighty meet-up! So please add "Swim Smooth" as your club name when registering!

Getting there: Fly into Palma and take a taxi or bus down to Sant Jordi. I'd suggest arriving on the Friday 24th May and departing Sunday 2nd June or Monday 3rd June.

Drop us an email to swimsmooth@me.com after you've entered and we'll keep you posted on extra curricular Swim Smooth activities for that week!

Here's some pictures from last year's event to whet your appetite:



Morning dip


SwimRun coaching


Post race!


Trail running, Swim-Run style


The morning routine


The amazing Med


Classroom set up (we'll be there for our 3-day Coaches Course 23-25 May)


Knocking out some good times


Casual dining


The view from the THB Sur


Coaching clinics


Strongmen!


Awesome cafes


The airport!!!


Picking up some medals!



More spoils


Awesome atmosphere 


View from the THB Sur (other side)


The team


Ready to ride!


Bottom of Sa Calobra


Top of Sa Calobra


Getting the miles in


What a view!


What a climb!


Palma


Quirky


Deli


Cathedral


Loving it!


The Med

Paul at Swim Smooth!
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Meet Joe Skipper - Not Your Average Joe

Hear our interview with Joe Skipper on Episode 9 of the Swim Smooth podcast here (links to more platforms below): itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/swim-smooth/id1441577778

One thing that is a constant source of pleasure at Swim Smooth is having pro athletes travel from around the world to train with us at our home base in Perth, Western Australia.

One such triathlete is the UK's Joe Skipper who had a fantastic year's racing in 2018, finishing 7th at the World Championships in Hawaii and winning Ironman UK:



Joe has been following Swim Smooth's philosophy of swimming for a while, having consulted over the last couple of years with Seamus Bennett, our excellent certified coach in Suffolk, UK.

Training at Claremont pool: Joe resetting his Tempo Trainer Pro

As you'd expect from anyone who swims 50 minutes for 3.8km in rough waters of Hawaii, there's more right with Joe's swimming than wrong and whilst Paul's been fine-tuning a few things (notably his breathing pattern) Joe certainly doesn't need a major overhaul of his stroke (you can see Joe swimming for yourself here).

Erm! Paul and Joe, Xmas 2018.
One of the great things about Joe is that he's extremely open and honest about sharing his experiences and how he trains, for instance you can see every single one of his training sessions logged on Strava here: www.strava.com/athletes/5722

That makes him the perfect podcast guest as we get into the nitty gritty of training for elite Ironman performance, how Paul is working on fine tuning his swimming performances and what to apply to your own training and racing.

It's a fascinating listen! :




Swim Smooth!
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Apply Now: Announcing THREE Coach Ed Courses In USA, Australia and Europe

Swim Smooth are very pleased to announce that Head Coach Paul Newsome and the Swim Smooth team will be running three editions of our famous 3 Day Coach Education Course in the first half of 2019.

We are now taking applications for:

5-7 April 2019, Portland, USA
11-13 April 2019, Sydney, Australia
23-25 May 2019, Mallorca, Spain

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 460 international coaches complete the course from over 2,700 applicants.

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.

What's more, if you get your application in before 31st January, you will be eligible for the Early Bird Savings of $50 USD / $100 AUD / £50 GBP.



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!

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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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Meet Professor Greg Whyte - Coach To The Stars

In episode 8 of the Swim Smooth Podcast we're very lucky to be talking with Professor Greg Whyte OBE - a legend in the Sports and Exercise Science world and a guy who has helped raise in excess of £40 million for Sport / Comic Relief with over 30 amazing challenges of human endurance with some of the world's most famous celebrities:


Greg's book Achieve the Impossible is exactly what you need to kick start your year the right way. It's a brilliant compendium that seeks to help you set yourself some objectives for the future and then go after them with the type of tenacity that allowed Little Britain comedian David Walliams to swim the English Channel in an amazing 10½ hours and to then swim the length of the River Thames (some 140+ miles in 8 days).

You can see more about the book here: www.achievetheimpossible.co.uk

Paul and Greg during the Walliams vs. The Thames swim
With David on day 2 of this epic challenge
In the podcast we go into great depth about how to take on these amazing endurance events and look at how 4 "normal" ladies from the UK (all of whom have faced various personal challenges in their life), go from swimming head-up breaststroke to swimming the English Channel in under 14 hours in some terrible conditions.

WARNING!! This is super inspirational and you can observe the full documentary on this here: www.youtube.com/channel/UCf9BW-h3ktXkOuKTJ9hkJOw

Greg was Swim Smooth Head Coach Paul Newsome's sports physiologist as part of Chris Jones' One Vision triathlon team back in the mid-90s and the inspiration behind Paul following his path in sports science and coaching.

We hope you love the podcast with Greg and that it sets you up for a great 2019!

Cheers! Paul & Adam
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