UK and Kenya
Swim Stroke Correction
Beginners to GB Age Group Team
What type of Swimming system do we teach?
Nothing I do is claimed at being an all dancing and singing new concept or more importantly the only way to swim freestyle. As to have one set way or a fits all generic formula for every swimmer does not allow for your own requirements and individuality
I use a mix of standard well proven ASA swim teaching methods alongside modern techniques and Triathlon thinking. Add to these my own inbuilt additions, all of which are aimed at Triathlon specifics as the over riding factor.
What never stops is my own personal search for greater knowledge and coaching techniques from the Worlds best coaches, all of which are passed on to you, the Triathlete.
The science and bio mechanics that make a technically efficient stroke in the water do and have changed over the years. Coaches’ scientists and medical staff have progressed in there understanding of what is actually happening during the stroke action to the human form and its surroundings. Today parts of the stroke that were accepted as the correct way in only 1994 have now been proved to be inaccurate.
Good example's of this is how the hand entry has changed from the thumb first to a finger first and the removing of the fabled "S" pull from modern teaching.
Of course also we have to accept that we are not just pure pool swimmers and triathlon swimming is often set in a harsh open water environment and specific actions have to be taught to also cope with these.
The Swim Clinic
The training clinic aim's to show you the rules that govern how we move in the water and how to analyse for your self why and what’s happening. With this information you can then work removing the faults and making the correct techniques permanent in your own training time.
Patients will be much in demand because over the many many hours the poor technique has become totally embedded in the brain and its muscle firing actions. This will take time to change and great commitment especially as race season approaches.
Stay long and relaxed
Graham's Qualifications & Triathlon Experience
British Triathlon BTF Qualified Level 2 Coach
British Swimming ASA Qualified Swimming Teacher (all 4 Modules)
Assisted Paul Newsome & Adam Young of SwimSmooth.com
Previous Head Coach for Junior Swimming club team & Deal tri Ltd
Nine times member of GB Age group team for World Triathlon Championships.
Seven times at Olympic standard distance twice at Long Distance.
European GB age group team Olympic distance 2006-8-9 & 2012
Best result at World Triathlon Championship. 17th in age. 1st out of water in swim.
Best Result at European Triathlon Championships 7th in Age group
Active Triathlete & Marathon Distance Swimmer
From the Swim Smooth web site
Graham first worked with Swim Smooth at the London Clinic in March 2006. Graham is an excellent coach who "tells it like it is" and we respect him for this honest and open approach to his swimming. Here are some more details about Graham:
Graham's own Philosophy on swim teaching and instruction.
"I believe that every person is unique in his or her aims and requirements and no one technique is generic for all. The stroke basics are the same and all governed by the same laws of physics but the teaching must be tailored to the individual. In the same way just because some techniques are old that does not mean they still do not have a role, but the instructor should always be looking for, and evaluating new ideas and techniques to offer the widest options for the swimmer. Open water specifics for the triathlon swim are a skill that needs to be included and taught and is often overlooked by conventional swim coaches. This is where a triathlon-experienced coaching system can, and does, have a major advantage for the open water swim section and today's Triathlete."
Introduction to Swim-tech
Many thanks for finding and reading the Swim-tech web site.
The idea for this type of swim training and Coaching programme has been in the back of my mind for many years, but was finally ignited into action from my involvement and coaching with Paul Newsome the owner of www.swimsmooth.com
My aim is to help the beginner and age group Triathlete and Swimmer improve and achieve there racing targets
So what’s it all about?
Over the years I have watched many Triathletes and pure Swimmers plough almost endlessly up and down in the pool and open water with an inefficient swimming technique, doing what they term as “swim training”
Unfortunately they find that soon they reach a plateau point and no matter how much effort they put into it, or how much distance, the times stop coming down. Frustration sets in and quite often the training then gets even harder still with none or very little improvement.
Just why is this happening?
There are many other factors apart from just inefficient stroke technique that hinder yours and every swimmer. Know what these are and how to reduce them, and the faster times will come with less energy used.
This is where Swim-tech can help out.
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