Swim Smooth's over-riding goal is to raise the standards of coaching and knowledge available to swimmers and triathletes around the world. We're particularly passionate about this for normal 'non-elite' athletes such as amateur swimmers and age group triathletes.
Let's raise the bar together.
The Swim Smooth Coaches Network is an initiative to that end. We are developing a select, driven group of open minded, forward thinking swim / tri coaches who share our goal and passion.
There are a mix of coaches in the Coaching Network, from very experienced sage-like characters with extensive knowledge of swimming technique to budding newbies.
There's no charge for being a member and anyone can apply to join (just fill in the form below and it'll appear in Paul Newsome's inbox). We value coaching experience greatly but view an open minded approach and enthusiasm even more highly.
How The Network Operates
The Coaches Network does two things:
1) It helps us share technical Swim Smooth knowledge with other coaches. It gives you direct access to Paul Newsome and all the other Swim Smooth coaches.
2) It acts as a "think tank" discussing new ideas, experiences and methods for the benefit of all.
The group communicates and interacts through a private area of the Swim Smooth Forum. If you're accepted into the group we'll issue you with a logon, you'll get access to the area and be away!
The network is global around the world, it does not matter if English is your second language - in fact we value diversity greatly.
Wondering If You're Experienced Or Knowledgeable Enough?
If you enjoy the technical side of swimming and have ambitions to be a coach, that's enough qualification to join the network. Everyone starts somewhere - it seems like only yesterday we were starting out too. At first you may be asking more questions than giving advice but that's just fine. The whole idea of the network is that we all improve our knowledge and coaching abilities.
If you are serious about becoming a coach and have an open minded, straightforward attitude then please apply to join!
Apply To Join The Coaches Network
Please feel free to apply to join right away using the form below. If you'd like to discuss anything beforehand, send Paul a quick email. He's a very busy chap but will get back to you as soon as possible.
Why is the Coaches Network forum private? To allow us to have reasonably technical discussions without confusing the casual reader. Also, a conventional internet forum is anonymous since anyone can create an account under any name. We require all contributors to the coaches network to use their real identities. Knowing who's who encourages openness and professionalism.
Other Coaching Initiatives
Whether you are a member of the Coaches Network or not you might be interested in two parallel coaching initiatives we operate:
1) On our Blog, Feel For The Water, we post specific information for coaches - make sure you select the "I'm a coach" box when you signup to receive these. The extra posts contain tips and advice to improve your coaching and some ideas you might like to try with your athletes.
2) Our Coaches On Clinics scheme allows a limited number of local swimming coaches to attend our full Stroke Correction Clinics for free. This is designed to improve their knowledge and give clinic attendees local coaching contacts if they so wish.
Future Accreditation Program
Becoming a member of the network does not amount to an accreditation or endorsement from Swim Smooth. However we are planning a coaches accreditation program in the near future. This will be publicised to coaches through Feel For The Water. Coaching Network members will be given first refusal on the training process.