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Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Swimming Smoothly With Paul Newsome & Adam Young

Paul Newsome and Adam Young have developed Swim Smooth into arguably the finest swimming program in the world. Based on opposite parts of the world in Australia and the U.K., Newsome and Young have a global vision to improve the swimming technique of all triathletes and swimmers, both in the pool and open water.

Their service, Swim Smooth, is nominated for the 2013 World Open Water Swimming Offering of the Year. With a comprehensive program of online materials, clinics, and one-on-one opportunities that provides proper information for triathletes and open water swimmers, they are on the cutting-edge of education. As WOWSA stated in its nomination, "For their year-round constant effort to help individuals of all ages and abilities, for their beautiful presentation of swimming styles, and for their easy-to-understand videos, illustrations, and written communications, the collective assets of Swim Smooth is a worthy nominee for the 2013 World Open Water Swimming Offering of the Year."

Daily News of Open Water Swimming: Can you describe the "average" Swim Smooth swimmer? Where do these athletes come from?

Swim Smooth: We cater primarily for the triathlon and open water distance swimming community and because of this focus our attention on the freestyle stroke in particular. Whilst we have swimmers ranging in experience from total novice / learn-2-swim up to elite open water and triathlon visiting both our website, using our coaching services (squads, 1-2-1 video analysis etc) and being influenced indirectly through our coaching partnership with both British Triathlon and the ASA / British Swimming (Amateur Swimming Association), the average candidate who seeks our assistance is someone who's maybe been swimming 6 months to 5 years, starting as an adult and swimming in the region of 6 to 9 minutes for 400m.

Daily News of Open Water Swimming: What are these athletes looking for?

Swim Smooth: We offer a plethora of information divided into ability classes (Beginner, Intermediate & Advanced) through our website which receives 3 million unique visits per year with swimmers typically searching for assistance with correction form and technique work / drills, advice on appropriate specific-fitness training sessions for distance freestyle, and help with improving their open water skills. In fact these three factors (which we refer to as "Keys" to performance and a well-rounded swim program in our book) are so essential to what we do with Swim Smooth that we really see it to be our "mission" to ensure swimmers and triathletes are considering these three Keys in equal measure without disregarding one or more at the expense of the other(s). We see swimmers having being overly focused on either pure technique work (so-called "technique hermits") or pure fitness work (many masters programs around the world) and as such we hope that the help and advice that we offer freely helps the swimmers in each group consider the other side of the swimming 'equation' to better their performances.

Daily News of Open Water Swimming: Your online community is huge. Can you give us an idea of its size?

Swim Smooth: We have 87,000 swimmers registered to our once weekly www.feelforthewater.com blog which goes out every Friday lunchtime free of charge. On top of that we have a very active forum (www.swimsmoothforum.com), an encompassing FaceBook page and various Twitter accounts including my own @SwimSmoothPaul. Our subcribership is growing at a tremendous rate of 500-1,000 new sign-ups per week and we anticipate this reaching over 100,000 by early 2014.

Daily News of Open Water Swimming: Can you give us a few examples of athletes (or non-athletes) who have made tremendous improvement using the Swim Smooth program?

Swim Smooth: One of our greatest examples is of 3-time Ironman Triathlon professional triathlete Kate Bevilaqua who in 3 years under my direct coaching supervision has taken her 3.8 km swim time down from 62.5 minutes to 49 minutes and is now exiting the water within 30 seconds of the very best elite male triathletes in the world, including her boyfriend and über-fish Guy Crawford, a professional triathlete, who I also coach. There's lots of great material on how we've achieved this with Kate which really echoes our individual approach and "out of the box" / "unconventional" thinking with respect to assisting a swimmer improve.

Daily News of Open Water Swimming: Why do you enjoy working at Swim Smooth so much?

Swim Smooth: Since 2008 myself and Adam Young (co-author of our book) have worked 50/50 on the business and without his insight and vision none of what you see now would never have left my creative coaching brain. It's all about delivery. I am super passionate about not just coaching and Swim Smooth as a company, but on swimming generally. I am still very actively involved in (marathon) swimming myself having just won the 2013 Manhattan Island Marathon Swim on relatively modest training (given my work and young family commitments) and feel super privileged to be able to wake up every day at 4:15 am to head down to the best pools in the world (Claremont & Challenge Stadium) to pass on my passion to other like-minded (and even not-so-like-minded) swimmers and triathletes.

Daily News of Open Water Swimming: Why is Swim Smooth called "Swim Smooth" as opposed to "Swim Fast" or other such name?

Swim Smooth: In 2004 when I was creating the original website, DVD Boxset and general concept I had three names in mind: Swim Clean, Swim Fresh and of course Swim Smooth. Each name tried to echo my ethos of improvement through stroke technique correction and a good all-round approach to improving a swimmers ability through the right mix of swim-specific fitness and open water skill work. It's funny you should mention "Swim Fast" as aside from that being the name of the great coach and author Ernie Maglischco's book series, we've recently been accused by one of our competitors as only being interested in making swimmers fast - funnily enough though I don't take this as a slur, but a massive compliment! Making swimmers and triathletes swim fast is exactly what we do best.

Daily News of Open Water Swimming: If you could change the sport of swimming in any way, what would that be?

Swim Smooth: I think about this every day that I swim actually - every time I look at an individual swimmer swimming merrily away in the pool I think to myself "how can I help this swimmer as quickly and as simply as possible improve their stroke, get faster and love swimming even more" - if we could change the sport of swimming in any way it would be to simply do this: allow as many swimmers around the world to improve their swimming in short, concise steps whilst relishing their next opportunity to get back into the water and practice some more. The world needs better swimming and in a language that more swimmers can readily access.

Swim Smooth websites are www.swimsmooth.com, www.swimtypes.com, and www.swimsmoothforum.com.

The World Open Water Swimming Offering of the Year includes both products, services and concepts in the open water swimming world.

Online voting for the 2013 WOWSA Open Water Swimming Offering of the Year takes place here. The nominees include:

1. 21 Yaks and A Speedo, Storytelling Life Lessons by Lewis Pugh (U.K.)
2. Amphibia Sports Ring, Simple Silicone Solution For Swimmers (Ireland)
3. Bold & Beautiful, A Pod by the Shore (Australia)
4. Driven, Documenting Distance and Dedication (U.S.A.)
5. FINIS Agility Paddles, Training Tools of the Trade (U.S.A.)
6. Global Open Water Swimming Conference, Culminating In Cork (Ireland)
7. International Ice Swimming Association, Cooling To The Extreme (South Africa)
8. Ocean-navi, Navigating Throughout The Pacific (Japan)
9. Ocean Swimming & Prone Paddleboarding for Athletes with Spinal Cord Injuries (U.S.A.)
10. Open Water Swimming Manual: An Expert's Survival Guide by Lynne Cox (U.S.A.)
11. Oru Kayak, Origami of the Open Water (U.S.A.)
12. Ouma Academy, Swimming The Sea (Tunisia)
13. Plastic Disclosure Project by Ocean Recovery Alliance (Hong Kong)
14. Santa Barbara Channel Swimming Association, Far Forward Thinking In The Ocean (U.S.A.)
15. Swim Smooth, Styling Streamlined Swimming (Australia/U.K.)

Vote online here.

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1 comment:

  1. I would definitely recommend their system. I was a total beginner (actually only knew some amateurish breast swim for years..). Last year i discovered these guys' book on Amazon.com and followed them on their website and forums. The book is very practical and full of down-to earth problem/solution (cause effect..) cases. These days i don't have much time to swim and am out of practice but only following the book from time to time has given me ability to swim 2 hours freestyle or 45 min open water in a wavy and current-mixed water here in Stockholm! Thanks a lot guys! Best wishes Kave

    ReplyDelete

Thank you very much for your interest in the world of open water swimming.

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2014 Global Open Water Swimming Conference

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2014 Global Open Water Swimming Conference Agenda


Friday, 19 September

5:30

PM


Welcome Reception at Mount Stuart House, Isle of Bute, Scotland

Documentary films shown throughout the reception:

Blue Journey-Amerika Samoa – Stronger Together: The Waterman’s Way
(film by Bruckner Chase)

Dancing With The Water, Crossing of Lake Pontchartrain
(film by Wayne Ewing about Matthew Moseley's Lake Pontchartrain crossing)

Bering Strait Swim Chukotka - Alaska
(film by Admiral Konstantin Sidenko about the relay between Russia and Alaska)

The Clean Swim – Hong Kong to Macau
(film about Simon Holiday's Pearl River Delta crossing)


Saturday, 20 September

9:00

AM


Registration and Coffee at Mount Stuart House, Isle of Bute, Scotland

10:00

AM


Keynote Speech:
Colleen Blair (Scotland) on The History of Scottish Swimming

10:20

AM


Christopher Guesdon (Australia) on Multidimensional Roles In The Sport

10:30

AM


Colin Hill (England) on Recent Explosion in UK Open Water

10:50

AM


Shelley Taylor-Smith (Australia) on The Feminine Code of Achievement - How a Lady from Down Under Revolutionized Professional Marathon Swimming

11:10

AM


Simon Murie (England) on Open Water Swimming Holidays: How A New Sector Was Created Within The Travel Industry

11:30

AM


Swimming The Oceans Seven
A round table discussion moderated by:
Kevin Murphy (England), with Stephen Redmond (Ireland), Anna-Carin Nordin (Sweden),
Darren Miller (USA), Adam Walker (England), Kimberley Chambers (New Zealand)

12:30

PM


Coffee and Break

1:00

PM


World Open Water Swimming Awards Luncheon:
with co-hosts Shelley Taylor-Smith (Australia) and Steven Munatones (USA)

Pádraig Mallon (Ireland), 2013 World Open Water Swimming Man of the Year

Olga Kozydub (Russia), 2013 World Open Water Swimming Woman of the Year

Bering Strait Swim, 2013 World Open Water Swimming Performance of the Year

Honoring: Vladimir Chegorin, Maria Chizhova, Elena Guseva, Ram Barkai, Jack Bright, Oksana Veklich, Aleksandr Jakovlevs, Matías Ola, Henri Kaarma, Toomas Haggi, Nuala Moore, Anne Marie Ward, Toks Viviers, Melissa O’Reilly, Ryan Stramrood, Cristian Vergara, Craig Lenning, Rafal Ziobro, Andrew Chin, Jackie Cobell, James Pittar, Paolo Chiarino, Mariia Yrjö-Koskinen, Ivan Papulshenko, Zdenek Tlamicha, Zhou Hanming, Oleg Adamov, Andrei Agarkov, Alekseev Semen, Tatiana Alexandrova, Roman Belan, Elena Semenova, Alexander Brylin, Afanasii Diackovskii, Vladimir Nefatov, Evgenii Dokuchaev, Oleg Docuckaev, Roman Efimov, Dmitrii Filitovich, Olga Filitovich, Victor Godlevskiy, Olga Golubeva, Alexei Golubkin, Alexander Golubkin, Alexandr Iurkov, Oleg Ivanov, Pavel Kabakov, Eduard Khodakovskiy, Aleksandr Komarov, Aleksandr Kuliapin, Andrey Kuzmin, Irina Lamkina, Vladimir Litvinov, Andrey Mikhalev, Victor Moskvin, Nikolay Petshak, Sergey Popov, Vladimir Poshivailov, Grigorii Prokopchuk, Dmitrii Zalka, Natalia Seraya, Viacheslav Shaposhnikov, Olga Sokolova, Andrei Sychev, Alexei Tabakov, and Nataliia Usachaeva [represented by Admiral Konstantin Sidenko and Nuala Moore]


2:30

PM


Alexey Salmin Pavlovich (Russia) and Dmitry Dragozhilov (Russia)
on the 2016 Winter Swimming World Championships [film]

2:50

PM


Sally Minty-Gravett (Jersey) on Motivating Swimmers

3:10

PM


Dmitry Blokhin (Russia) and Aleksei Veller (Russia)
on the First World Ice Swimming Championships [film]

3:30

PM


Matthew Moseley (USA)’s Dancing With The Water, Crossing of Lake Pontchartrain [film]

3:50

PM


Simon Holliday (England) and Doug Woodring (Hong Kong)’s The Clean Swim – Hong Kong to Macau 2014 [film]

5:00

PM


International Swimming Hall of Fame (ISHOF)
and International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame (IMSHOF)

IMSHOF Induction Ceremonies and Dinner
with co-hosts Shelley Taylor-Smith (Australia) and Steven Munatones (USA).

Recognition of International Swimming Hall of Fame honorees:

  • Elizabeth Fry (USA), IMSHOF Honour Swimmer

  • Vojislav Mijić (Serbia), IMSHOF Honour Swimmer

  • James Anderson (USA), IMSHOF Honour Administrator

  • Dr. Jane Katz (USA), IMSHOF Honour Administrator

  • Indonesian Swimming Federation Open Water Committee (Indonesia), IMSHOF Honour Organisation

  • Melissa Cunningham (Australia), Irving Davids – Captain Roger Wheeler Award by the International Swimming Hall of Fame and IMSHOF Honour Swimmer

  • Sandra Bucha (USA), ISHOF Honor Open Water Swimmer and IMSHOF Honour Swimmer

  • Jon Erikson (USA), ISHOF Honor Open Water Swimmer and IMSHOF Honour Swimmer [represented by Sandra Bucha]

6:30

PM


International Swimming Hall of Fame (ISHOF) Introduction Video.
Welcome speech by host Shelley Taylor-Smith (Australia)

6:45

PM


Dinner

7:30

PM


International Swimming Hall of Fame (ISHOF)
Induction Ceremonies and Dinner with host Shelley Taylor-Smith (Australia)

Recognition of International Swimming Hall of Fame honorees:

  • Mercedes Gleitze (England)
    ISHOF Honor Pioneer Swimmer and IMSHOF Honour Swimmer
    [represented by daughter Doloranda Pember]

  • Dale Petranech (USA)
    ISHOF Honor Contributer and IMSHOF Honour Administrator

  • Claudio Plit (Argentina)
    ISHOF Honor Open Water Swimmer and IMSHOF Honour Swimmer
    [represented by Shelley Taylor-Smith]

  • Judith van Berkel-de Nijs (Netherlands)
    ISHOF Honor Open Water Swimmer and IMSHOF Honour Swimmer
    [represented by Niek Kloots]

  • George Young (Canada)
    ISHOF Honor Pioneer Swimmer and IMSHOF Honour Swimmer
    [represented by the Catalina Channel Swimming Federation]

  • David Yudovin (USA)
    ISHOF Honor Open Water Swimmer and IMSHOF Honour Swimmer


Sunday, 21 September

9:00

AM


Registration and coffee at Mount Stuart House, Isle of Bute, Scotland

10:00

AM


Nuala Moore (Ireland) on The Mindset of 1000m at 0ºC

10:20

AM


Admiral Konstantin Sidenko (Russia)’s Bering Strait Swim Chukotka - Alaska in 2013 [film]

10:40

AM


Ned Denison (Ireland) on Swimming The World

11:00

AM


Bruckner Chase (USA)’s Blue Journey-Amerika Samoa
Stronger Together: The Waterman’s Way
[film]

11:20

AM


Rok Kerin (Slovenia) on Lifestyle Benefits From Open Water Swimming

12:00

PM


Survey distribution and group photo-taking

2:00

PM


Swim at Stravvana Bay, Isle of Bute






CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR THE CONFERENCE

The Global Open Water Swimming Conference is a conference on the sport of open water swimming, marathon swimming and swimming during triathlons and multi-sport endurance events.

The conference which has been attended by enthusiasts and luminaries from 6 continents, is devoted to providing information about the latest trends, race tactics, training techniques, equipment, psychological preparation, race organization and safety practices used in the sports of open water swimming, marathon swimming and triathlons.

The conference's mission is to provide opportunities to listen and meet many of the world's most foremost experts in open water swimming, and to meet and discuss the sport among swimmers, coaches, administrators, event organizers, sponsors, vendors, officials, escort pilots, and volunteers from kayakers to safety personnel.

Dozens of presentations at the 2014 Conference at the Mount Stuart House cover numerous aspects of the vast and growing world of open water swimming where attendees can learn and share the latest trends, race tactics, training modalities, swimming techniques, equipment, race organization, logistics, operations, and safety practices for open water swimming as a solo swimmer, competitive athlete, fitness swimmer, masters swimmer, triathlete, multi-sport athlete, administrator, race promoter, sponsor or referee.

The conference was first held in Long Beach, California as part of the 2010 USA Swimming National Open Water Swimming Championships. It has since been held on the Queen Mary in California, at Columbia University and the United Nations in New York City, and in Cork, Ireland. This year in September, it comes to another iconic location, the Mount Stuart House on the Isle of Bute in Scotland.

"The Global Open Water Swimming Conference was started due to the desire and need for athletes, coaches, referees, administrators, race directors, promoters and sponsors from around the world to share, collect and learn information about the growing sports of open water swimming, marathon swimming and triathlons," said founder Steven Munatones. "Other swimming conferences usually offering nothing on open water swimming or perhaps a speech or two, but we thought open water swimming deserves its own global conference. It is great that the community shares its information via the online social network, but there is nothing like meeting other open water swimming enthusiasts face-to-face and talking about the sport from morning to night."

Speakers at the conference include English Channel swimmers, ice swimmers, record holders, renowned coaches, world champions, professional marathon swimmers, renowned race directors, officials and administrators from the Africa, Americas, Asia, Europe and Oceania.

"Because the audience is passionate and educated about the sport and its finest practitioners, the Global Open Water Swimming Conference is also the location of the induction ceremonies for the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame and the annual WOWSA Awards that recognize the World Open Water Swimming Man of the Year, the World Open Water Swimming Woman of the Year, the World Open Water Swimming Performance of the Year, and the World Open Water Swimming Offering of the Year. Special Lifetime Achievement Awards are also occasionally presented to individuals who have made significant contributions to the sport over their career."


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