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Swim Smooth Coach education Program: Three day Course

our intensive course for swim and triathlon coaches of any level or experience
triathlon england and triathlon scotland recommended cpd


The SS Coach Education Course is an intense program for ambitious swimming coaches of any experience or level. This three day course will be delivered to twelve selected coaches by Swim Smooth's Coaches Paul Newsome and Adam Young, and includes:

- Advanced freestyle stroke technique correction methods. Identification of underlying issues in a swimmer's stroke technique and best practise to correct. This covers all levels of swimmer from beginner to elite.

- Detailed discussion of each component of the freestyle stroke. A modern perspective on what is considered ideal for distance freestyle at different levels of competition.

- An appreciation of the effectiveness of different styles of different swimmers and in what direction to lead individual swimmers.

- In depth insight into our coaching system which allows coaches to quickly understand a swimmer's style of swimming - and the fundamental technique issues and personalities behind each style.

- Developing a swimmer's catch and feel for the water. Detailed discussion of why this is so hard to do and different approaches for different levels of swimmer.

- Observation skills on the pooldeck. How to spot underlying stroke technique issues that are easily missed.

- Live stroke correction sessions with volunteer swimmers during the course.

- How to use stroke rate to optimise your swimmer's efficiency in the water.

- Best practise video analysis of swimmers - equipment to use, best practise filming techniques and analysis of footage.

- Improving the effectiveness of your communication with athletes.

- How to coach and improve the stroke technique of those swimmers who never seem to improve.

- What to do with swimmers who have seemingly perfect technique.

- Running a squad program and best practise structure and training sessions to develop your swimmers.

- Using Critical Swim Speed (CSS) to develop the sustainable threshold of your swimmers and to encourage better pacing technique for distance events.

- The course has a main focus on distance freestyle coaching of adult swimmers and triathletes but will touch on the other three strokes, sprint, junior and elite coaching.

Simply put, the shares with you all of Swim Smooth's advanced coaching methods to greatly improve the effectiveness of your coaching, particularly in the area of freestyle technique correction.

The course will be strictly limited to twelve coaches to allow an extremely high quality interactive learning experience. Previous courses have been more than three times over-subscribed and demand is expected to be equally high for this series.

In order to select the best candidates, each coach is asked to apply using the web form below. Coaches will be chosen based on a combination of attitude and enthusiasm for coaching. Experience and coaching qualifications will be looked apon favourably but will not be overriding factors in selection.

The SS Coach Education Course runs for three days, commencing with two days of direct learning in the classroom and on the pooldeck with the Swim Smooth team and volunteer swimmers.

The third day is attendance of a full Swim Smooth One-Day Clinic held at the same venue. During the clinic, coaches will observe and interact with swimmers, receiving first hand experience of putting the material discussed on the first two days into practise with Paul Newsome and Adam Young.

We also hope that attendees are able to stay in the same hotel as the Swim Smooth staff to allow social contact and further interaction in the evenings - hotel locations tbd.

recommended by triathlon england and triathlon scotland

As part of our Coach Education role with the British Triathlon Federation, this course is endorsed by and recommended CPD for both Triathlon England and Triathlon Scotland.

Video Clip From Stirling 2011: Pro Triathlete Fraser Cartmell

Future Swim Smooth certification

If you wish to become a Certified Swim Smooth Coach in the future, successful completion of the Coach Education Course is an essential first step in the overall training process.

At this moment in time we are not taking on any more coaches in England but by completing the 3 day course now you will be positioned to proceed if invited by Swim Smooth to do so in the future. The standard for this accreditation will be very high, in keeping with the high quality of coaching that Swim Smooth stands for.

Experienced Or Knowledgeable Enough?

The Coach Education Course requires only modest coaching experience to attend and is open to any age of adult. From inexperienced coaches we do look for evidence of an enthusiastic and pro-active approach to learning, including examples of self education.

Primarily we will look for coaching potential, enthusiasm, good attitude and open mindedness when making our selection from the applicants.

spring 2013 series Course Venues

Due to other commitments on our trip over from Australia we only have time for a single Coach Education course at Loughborough:

- Loughborough University, UK, Fri 8th to Sun 10th March 2013

We are in the process of arranging hotels for the courses (not included). If at all possible please stay in the chosen hotel to allow for more social contact time in the evenings.

Course Fee

Each attendee will be required to pay the course fee of £450 in advance of attendance. Payment from selected coaches will be taken offline.

Our Guarantee To You

As with all things Swim Smooth, we guarantee the high quality of the Coach Education Course. If following your attendance of the course you do not feel it was good value for money we will refund you in full.

For those who have not yet had personal experience of Swim Smooth and the quality of our coaching, we can understand how you might have concerns over the value of a course such as this. We wish to remove this risk from you by offering a full money back guarantee.


Swim Smooth Coach Education Course Application Form

By completing this form you are confirming your desire to attend the course, pay the course fee and confirm your availability on the course dates.

We will reply to you by February 8th informing you whether you have been selected to attend.

Your name

Your age

Your email address. Please carefully check you have entered this correctly.

Your daytime phone number. Please carefully check you entered this correctly.

Where do you live / coach?

What coaching qualifications do you have (if any)? If you coach within a company, club or group tell us about that.

If you are involved in any capacity with another swimming company please declare it here (this is rarely an issue but we need to know). Also inform us if you post on any internet forums using an alias.

Tell us about yourself, what you're interested in and what your coaching ambitions are.

Tell us something unique about your coaching.

Tell us in a nutshell why we should pick you to come on the coaches course.

What one thing would you most like to get from the course?



If you require any further information about the course content, please contact Paul Newsome on: swimsmooth@me.com.




Scenes from previous Coach Education Courses.

I just wanted to drop you a message to say a huge thank you for running such a brilliant course last week. It far and away was the best coaching course I've ever attended and I was absolutely gutted to be leaving on Saturday night. The people were fantastic and most importantly you guys were awesome, you make a great team.

I reached a point in my swim coaching where I needed something different and needed to be challenged, this course provided just that. What impresses me most is not just your knowledge which is always backed up by science and experience but also your incredible patience when dealing with other athletes and coaches. Your energy and enthusiasm knows no limits and its infectious for a coach like me.

The course content was superb in every aspect, particularly seeing your amazing video footage of swimmers all around the world and being able to break this down. You actually manage to take something which is highly technical and complex and make it so much easier to understand. Your swim typing system is nothing short of brilliant and Ive been putting it into practice already with some fascinating results.

Julian Nagi
L3 British Triathlon Coach

Best practise video analysis methods are a feature of the course.

I attended the Swim Smooth Coaches Course at Loughborough and it was an absolute god send! These guys are superb - motivated, passionate and with more tricks up their sleeves than I could ever dream of.

Best investment you can make if you want to coach people to swim faster!

Alan Cardwell
(Lanark Triathlon Club)