A long long time ago, when millennials were still at school and people still bought CDs, if you didn't have access to a Swim Smooth coach to improve your swimming, you would have bought one of our coaching DVDs. All was good in the world - sunglasses got bigger and bigger, Uber referred to German cyclists and a Blackberry wasn't a fruit for a while.
But around 2012 it was obvious that the world was quickly moving on and technology was coming that would allow us to produce a much better coaching product than a mere DVD. We could deliver massively more interactive content and sophisticated intelligence to guide the swimmer. A true "virtual coach" was the name of the game.
And so we started writing... and filming... and coding... and filming... and writing:
Three years later, one bright sunny day in December 2014 The Guru was launched (or the Swim Smooth Coaching System as it was called back then):
The result was a "web-app" based system you could access from any laptop, smartphone or tablet with over 30 hours (!) of high quality coaching video, extensive training plans and interactive stroke correction.
The Guru is still such a new idea in coaching that it might not be intuitively obvious to you how it works, so we've outlined 10 ways to use the Guru to improve your own swimming (or coaching). But before we get started with that don't miss the fact that we have a Black Friday deal on the Guru running for the next few days only:
10 Ways To Improve Your Swimming With The Guru
1. Our Complete Drill Library (Pro and Std Subscriptions)
Never again wonder what to focus on or the purpose of any drill with our full guide to every SS drill featuring extensive coaching points. Watch in glorious HD from any angle:
Subscribers shortcut: www.swimsmooth.guru/subsection/dg/drills/
2. Study Elite Swimmers (Pro and Std Subscriptions)
How can elite swimmers possibly be so quick? Understand how with our exclusive collection of amazing swimmers shot for you to study from every angle. Featuring Olympic Champions like Rebecca Adlington and the fastest female swimmer in triathlon Lucy Charles:
Subscribers shortcut: www.swimsmooth.guru/subsection/dF/elites/
3. Our Full Learn To Swim Program (Pro and Std Subscriptions)
Can't swim freestyle yet? You're in for a treat as both subscription levels of the Guru feature our full Learn To Swim process. We'll build up your stroke step by step for those first laps of smooth effective freestyle - get inspired!
Subscribers shortcut: www.swimsmooth.guru/subsection/cMH/learn-to-swim/
4. Correct Your Stroke With Our Fault Fixer (Std & Pro) & Swim Types Processes (Pro subscriptions)
OK down to business directly improving the efficiency and effectiveness of your stroke with our truly individual approach to stroke correction. You have a choice of two routes - firstly identify a specific fault in your stroke and follow our step-by-step process to correct it. Or work on multiple areas at once with our ingenious Swim Types processes - identify your type and fast track your progress with our holistic approach to your swimming.
Subscribers shortcut: www.swimsmooth.guru/subsection/dY/fault-fixers/
5. Training Plans For Any Distance (Pro subscriptions)
Training for any distance of triathlon or open water swim? We have a full swim training plan specific for your needs to get you fully prepared for a big personal best. 19 plans to choose from in total:
Of course you can print out any session to take poolside and follow.
Subscribers shortcut: www.swimsmooth.guru/subsection/b9/training-plans/
6. Session Libraries (Pro subscriptions only)
Not following an event plan but want a session of a specific type of session to follow? We've organised over 800 (!) sessions by type in our libraries. Technique, Aerobic Endurance, CSS or Red Mist - you decide! The perfect resource for coaches too.
Subscribers shortcut: www.swimsmooth.guru/subsection/cEZ/session-library/
7. Train Interactively With A Tempo Trainer & "Tweak" Your Fitness
The Guru knows and tracks your swimming ability using the CSS system which Swim Smooth popularised throughout swimming. With our clever "tweaking" method, your CSS pace adapts over time to make sure you are training at the optimal pace for your ability.
But how do we make sure you swim at the right speed? With our Tempo Trainer Pro integration. Simply program the Guru's settings into your Tempo Trainer and swim to the beep - turning and pushing at the end of each lap as it beeps (a bit like a beep-test in the gym):
Subscribers shortcut: www.swimsmooth.guru/csstracker/
8. Fitness Tracker (Pro Subscription) & Performance Profile (Pro - Marlin Required)
Want to see visually how you are progressing? How do you know how tired you are and if that's affecting your speed on any given day? The Guru features a clever Fitness Tracker to model your fitness and fatigue levels visually over time. Easily compare month against month or year against year.
Subscribers shortcut: www.swimsmooth.guru/fitnesstracker/
Subscribers shortcut: www.swimsmooth.guru/performanceprofile/
9. Swim With Our Virtual Squad - The Exact Same Sessions As The Perth Squad!
Unfortunately not everyone can swim in sunny Perth at the glorious Claremont swimming pool but now you can swim the same sessions at the same time! The Virtual Squad features technique, training and open water skills direct from Head Coach Paul Newsome down-under:
Subscribers shortcut: www.swimsmooth.guru/sequence/cLk/virtual-squad/
10. Coaches Dashboard - Perfect For Face To Face Coaching
A fantastic resource for all coaches. Explore our full drill library and watch elite athlete videos to help with your squad sessions. Use the Guru to calculate the CSS's of your squad to make sure everyone is working to their full potential in your session. Genius!