Open Water Coaching

Newton Beach Porthcawl
Open Water Squad Sessions
back for 2022! 

Perfect for swimmers who want a

safe, coached session

with other swimmers of a similar level.

    What to expect...

  • Exclusive lifeguard 

  • Marked out course

  • Structured sets, covering  Open Water Skills, Training and Technique

  • Squads to match your ability 

  • Qualified Open Water Coaches

  • Limited to 12 swimmers per coach

  • Coach stays with you afterwards to ensure you are safely warmed up

Session Length: 75 minutes
Cost:  £11 per person 

*RED squad is for swimmers who average UNDER 2 mins per 100m
*BLUE Squad is for swimmers who average OVER 2 mins per 100m

(All squads are group sessions so you must be confident swimming in the sea;

for introductions to OW see our 1-2-1 or 2-2-1 coaching options)

Please note, all of our Open Water sessions are tide and weather dependant so check the dates and times carefully before booking. In the event of bad weather, we will contact all swimmers as early as possible to re-arrange.


We offer 1:1 coaching with an STA certified open water coach for:

  • Introductions to open water

  • Novice open water swimmers

  • Swimmers nervous of the open water

  • Swimmers of any level wishing to improve their open water technique


Session Length: 1 hour

Cost: £48.50 per person

             £85:00 for 2 persons

Further information on our Open Water Sessions

Open water skills is the last and probably most overlooked area of triathlon and open water swim coaching.

To balance this, Swim Smooth Wales addresses three main disciplines to maximise your swim performance

We call it the 3 Keys 

technique coaching skills

Open Water skills is often the ‘Key’ that has less focus, especially for the triathlete.

Although we perform open water drills and practice in our pool sessions, it is so important to breach the gap between pool swimming and the open water environment!

open water pack swim

Skills taught include:

  • Race starts

  • Sighting

  • Bouy turns

  • Drafting

  • Adapting your stroke to conditions

  • And a whole lot more…..

New to the open water?

Learning how to swim effectively in open water when you are new to triathlon and/or open water swimming starts with developing your confidence in this strange new environment.

Even if you have been swimming for a while we can help you to increase your enjoyment and performance in open water.  We will work with you to. 

  • Put on your wetsuit correctly

  • Overcome any anxiety

  • Work on breathing techniques

  • Get you into cold water comfortably

  • Stay safe!


For 1-2-1s and 2-2-1s we usually meet

on Coney beach





1-2-1 Video



Squad Sessions