Andrea Garrington 

Hello

My name is Andrea, I’m delighted to be the only certified Swim Smooth coach in Wales.

I have been aware of the Swim Smooth coaching principles since I began my “Tri Life” ten years ago.  I still have to pinch myself that I am now able to bring Swim Smooth to Wales.

Having worked for 30 years in commercial training and development, 5 years ago I shifted this experience to coaching Triathlon, a sport that I had become very passionate about.

Triathlon reignited my enthusiasm for swimming (I swam competitively as a youngster).  Now, as well as finishing multiple Iron Man events, I have completed countless marathon swims and in 2018 joined a successful English Channel relay team.

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Whilst studying for my British Triathlon Federation qualifications, I discovered the BTF fully endorses the Swim Smooth principles and educates its coaches on the basic methodology.

Impressed with the difference Swim Smooth made to my own stroke, I searched for a local coach to help me progress, and was astonished to find there wasn’t one.

For me, this was a lifetime opportunity and in February 2020 I spent 2 weeks in Perth, Australia (the spiritual home of Swim Smooth), concluding the 14 month process to become fully certified.

So here I am, able to welcome you to Swim Smooth Wales!

Please don’t hesitate to contact me, or any member of the team if you have any questions.  I am super confident that we can help you, whatever your swim challenges or goals may be.

 

See you soon!


 

Swim Smooth Certified Coach

British Triathlon Coach (Level 2)

STA Open Water Certified Coach

Tom Chapman

I started my open water journey as a triathlete, completing Ironman wales twice and Ironman Canada where I had a close encounter with a bear!

 

During this time I completed my british triathlon coaching qualification and spent some time coaching with the local tri club.

A running injury kick started my distance swimming, building longer and longer sessions and swimming in various distance events, started sensibly enough with some 5km and 10km events, and the Thames marathon at 14km.

Before long I think the transformation to swimmer was complete and I was swimming some marathon events, a few 6 hour swims, a 12 miler, 25km in Loch Lomond, 3 English Channels relay swims, a solo swim across Swansea bay, a 24 mile pool swim and finally an English Channel solo in 2019!

 

I've also dabbled with a bit of cold water, swimming year round without a wetsuit and winning my age group at the British Ice championships in 2019! In 2020 I had the opportunity to do my open water L2 qualification, allowing me to move my coaching outdoors and join the Swim Smooth Wales Team! Looking forward to seeing you all in the water!

My coaching goal is to share my passion for the open water and help people to unlock this amazing dimension in swimming.

 

British Triathlon Coach (Level 1)

Solo English Channel Swimmer

STA Open Water Certified Coach

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Jo Powell

In 2003, I took my first step in the world of triathlon by joining a club, entering some races and had a modicum of success with a few podium places. After a few years of competing, sport took a back seat as I took time out to raise a family, returning to swimming and triathlon in 2014. A recurring knee injury sadly meant reducing my running training. The focus then turned to swimming and in particular, open water swimming.

I enjoy the challenge of the longer distances and have competed in 5km,10km and 14km races. I find the longer the distance, the more enjoyable it is (and painful!) and have completed events of 12 and 24 miles. I have enjoyed small successes along the way, 2nd Female overall in the Wales Swim, (1.2miles) Top Ten Female finishers after the swim section in the Long Course Weekend, Tenby, and 2nd Female in the Eton Dorney 5km race.

It's not just open water that I enjoy, I'm a member of the local Masters Swimming Club and recently competed in the British Masters, winning a bronze medal for my favourite event, the 200m breastroke.

My coaching goals are to share my passion and enthusiasm for swimming.

 

NPLQ lifeguard

ASA Swim Coach (Level 1)

ASA Swim Teacher (Level 2)

STA Open Water Certified Coach

 

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Lewis Brown Squads coach

Since learning to swim in a small river as a child I have felt naturally at home in the water. In my late
teens I joined my first triathlon club and began to swim with them regularly. Overwhelmed by the
dramatic improvements in swimming technique that came with club coaching, I went onto complete multiple triathlons (including an Iron Man distance event at 21 years old).
After further exploring my passion for being in the ocean whilst at university studying Marine Biology and training as a commercial SCUBA diver, I realised that I still wanted to learn more about
elite sports performance. Therefore, I went to Cardiff Metropolitan University to achieve a
postgraduate diploma in Sports and Exercise Science.


 

During studies I worked as a Level 2 Swimming Instructor and gained my BTF Level 2 Coaching Award. After moving to Porthcawl it wasn’t long before I met fellow coach Tom and started swimming daily. Since then I have completed 100 days of consecutive swims (October-January), crewed for Tom's successful English Channel Solo, gained my own 6-hour channel qualifier, and won my age group atthe British Ice Swimming Championships 2019. Whilst the cold stuff is fun, I enjoy marathonswimming and am an aspiring channel swimmer.My coaching goals are to help people feel more confident in the open water, whether that is gettingin the sea for the first time or fine-tuning your stroke so that you can swim further and faster.

 

British Triathlon Coach (Level 2)

ASA Swimming Teacher (Level 2)

PgDip Sport and Exercise Science (Distinction)

BSc (Hons) Marine Biology (First Class)

 

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