As a British Triathlon Bronze Trimark Club, we follow the Swim Smooth approach in our swimming sessions. Swim Smooth’s ‘individual’ approach to swimming is used by many of the world’s governing bodies, followed by thousands of swim coaches and hundreds of thousands of swimmers. Please visit https://www.swimsmooth.com for more information.
A key part of the individual approach to swimming through Swim Smooth is called ‘Critical Swim Speed’ (CSS). This is essentially the pace that you can hold for 1,500m and is an important aspect of how we plan our sessions. You can find out more about CSS here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U51oZfl3i2E.
To join one of our sessions we recommend the following swim aids:
Used during drills to add propulsion to allow swimmers to focus on the upper body actions.
Used to add buoyancy and prevent kicking when doing pull only drills.
Designed to improve streamlined hand entry and distance per stroke.
Allows swimmers to have much greater stability and relaxation whilst they are working on their stroke technique.
This promotes early and strong catch and pull through.
Placed under a swim cap this helps swimmers improve pace awareness and develop stroke rate.
Worn around ankles to eliminate kicking and add drag to develop core control to keep legs higher and stroke rhythm and timing.
We feature a number of their drills in our swim sessions, video instruction for which can be found here.
The following pool based training sessions are available throughout the year, each with a dedicated coach and lifeguard, to anyone who can swim at least 200 meters front crawl If you can’t yet do that we would recommend adult beginner / improver classes at the Health Hydro on a Sunday morning:
Monday 21:00 – 22:00 Link Centre 25m Pool (West Swindon)
Thursday 20:30 – 22:00 Link Centre 25m Pool (West Swindon)
Link Centre, Whitehill Way, Westlea, Swindon SN5 7DL (01793 445566)
Monday and Thursday swim sessions are suitable for the full range of swim distances from Sprint to Ironman. Sessions follow our annual training cycle, in four week blocks. Each block will focus on a specific skill or target. During the build part of our annual plan, the final week of each block will often include a test set to assess swim fitness levels and progress. Monday sessions are generally easier than Thursdays to allow for recovery from heavy training over the weekend or competition. Thursdays are ideal for athletes competing at long distance as the sets are generally longer, as is the total swim distance and duration.
Saturday 16:30 – 17:30 Health Hydro 33m Pool (Swindon Town Centre)
Health Hydro, Milton Road, Swindon SN1 5JA (01793 465630)
Saturday swim sessions are also suitable for the full range of swim distances. The sessions complement the Monday and Thursday ones, and focus on technique as well as pace work and can be tailored to suit individual needs.
The spring/summer swimming program also includes open water lake swimming at the Cotswold Water Park (Lake 32) from 1st April where daily swims before 10 am are possible, or on Tuesday & Thursday evenings after 5.30 pm. There is however an additional annual membership fee to swim at the lake of £75.00 or £5 per swim as an alternative. An early bird discount is available if booking before 1st April.
Waterland Outdoor Pursuits (www.ukwatersports.co.uk) can be contacted on 01285 861 202
Cotswold Water Park – Lake 32
Waterland Outdoor Pursuits, Spratsgate Lane, Shorncote, Nr Cirencester, GL7 6DF
Cotswold Water Park – Lake 86
The club runs a number of coached group open water sessions during the spring and summer months, details available on our club Facebook page.