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Swim Types: Coaches

bring your stroke correction methods into sharp focus

We're sure you've been there - looking at a swimmer's stroke and wondering where to begin? Or unsure what's at the root of their problems?

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Swim Types gives your stroke correction further insight.

Swim Smooth's Swim Types gives you insight into any swimmer's stroke, fast tracking you to the underlying issues in their stroke. And furthermore, providing you with tried and tested methods to develop their swimming.

As you get to know the system you'll find it easy to identify a swimmer's type very quickly, simply from watching them swim. In fact just from talking to a swimmer it's often possible to take a highly educated guess of their Swim Type.

Whilst very powerful, the Swim Types system has limits. Of course not every swimmer fits a type perfectly and it's possible to have cross-breeds between two types. We're not suggesting that you throw out all your stroke correction knowledge and start again. Quite the opposite, Swim Types sits happily alongside conventional swim coaching and complements it. The power of the system is that it brings the process of analysis, identification and resolution into sharp focus.

If you're an experienced swimming coach we're sure that you will have noticed common characteristics between swimmers. It's likely you employ certain methods that you find work well with particular strokes and personalities. From doing that we're sure you'll appreciate how we've developed this system.

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Swim Types is the brainchild of Swim Smooth Head Coach Paul Newsome

We hope that Swim Types helps solidify some of these ideas and methods in your own mind.

Diagnosing Swim Types

To help swimmers identify their type, you may find it useful to refer them to our Swim Type Questionnaire on our Type Identification page.

However, the most accurate way to identify a type is simply to watch a swimmer in action - from the information on this site you'll soon be able to identify the six types very easily. You might like to make use of our Observation Sheet on the Type Identification page.

Swim Type Guides - Coaches Pack

On this site swimmers can purchase our Stroke Correction Guides for their individual type. These contain a full explanation of their stroke type, clearly show them what they need to work on and provide them with key training sessions to correct their strokes.


Swim Types Coaches Pack.

For coaches, we offer a special pack of all six guides so that you have all our stroke correction methods at your fingertips, whatever stroke type you encounter. Find out more.

The Swim Smooth Coaches Network

As you may have seen on the main Swim Smooth website we operate an international network of swimming coaches. This allows us to share our knowledge and experiences with other coaches for the benefit of all. The network is entirely free and open to any coach or enthusiastic prospective coach. Get involved today.

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Coaching with the Swim Types system is like having our coaching team's combined experience with you as you work.

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Hi there and welcome to Swim Smooth! You know, when I left England in 2001 and became head coach to Australia's largest triathlon club, I encountered a frustrating problem. I felt we were doing a great job of improving our swimmers' strokes and were getting some brilliant race results but there was never enough time to properly explain the methods we were using to our squad swimmers.

My solution was to produce our first Stroke Correction DVD and Swim Smooth was born. It was an instant hit with our swimmers and then with a wider audience around the world.

That was way back in 2004. Since then as Swim Smooth has grown, we've been careful to nurture what's important to us: an individual approach to stroke correction (because everyone's bodies vary considerably, as you might have noticed!); an open minded sharing philosophy (please take a good look around the site); and a solid foundation of coaching methods from elite swimming and triathlon. But our greatest goal is true to the original concept: to clearly show you, the swimmer, how to improve your swimming whatever your level.

I have a request for you: if you enjoy and benefit from Swim Smooth, please spread the word about us. If you have any suggestions, queries or feedback for the Swim Smooth team, please write to us at feedback@swimsmooth.com - we'd love to hear from you.

Enjoy your time in the water!

Paul Newsome
Head Coach, Swim Smooth

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