Open Water Coaching


Our open water squad sessions have now finished for 2020, thanks to all the swimmers that joined us, its been a superb summer!! Open water sessions will start back up in the Spring so keep an eye on the facebook page!


The sessions are perfect for swimmers that want a squad session with proper training, in the open air!

What to expect: we will set out a course using our large marker bouys and structure a fast pace training set, working with the three Swim Smooth keys of Open Water Skills, Training and Technique. Expect drills, threshold sets, endurance sets and of course open water skills!

Each session will have three open water qualified Coaches and our own lifeguard on duty and all Swim Smooth Wales sessions are fully insured.

Session Length: 1 hour
Cost:  £8 per person 

5 session pass for £35

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

GREEN Squad is for swimmers who average around 3 mins per 100m

(This is a group session so you must be confident swimming in the sea;

for introductions to OW see our 1-1 or 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: £45 per person

             £75 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 

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!

For this reason, we offer World-Class Open Water Skills Sessions and Clinics (see our Group Clinics section for more details)

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!


We usually meet on Coney beach, or at the slip from  where the RNLI launch





1-2-1 Video



Squad Sessions

©2020 by SwimSmoothWales