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Swim Types: Frequently Asked Questions

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How are Swim Types possible, surely every swimmer is completely different?

I'm learning to swim freestyle, is Swim Types relevant to me?

How Do I Become A Smooth Type?

Can coaches use the Swim Types system?

What's The Ideal Type?

The questionnaire shows I'm a cross between two types, is that possible?

I've shown up as an Overglider. I thought my stroke was supposed to be as long as possible?

Does Swim Types apply to kids too?

Can Swingers really be as fast as the Smooth type?

Why has no-one developed a Swim Type system before?


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Hi there and welcome to Swim Smooth! You know, when I left England in 2001 and became head coach to Australia's largest triathlon club, I encountered a frustrating problem. I felt we were doing a great job of improving our swimmers' strokes and were getting some brilliant race results but there was never enough time to properly explain the methods we were using to our squad swimmers.

My solution was to produce our first Stroke Correction DVD and Swim Smooth was born. It was an instant hit with our swimmers and then with a wider audience around the world.

That was way back in 2004. Since then as Swim Smooth has grown, we've been careful to nurture what's important to us: an individual approach to stroke correction (because everyone's bodies vary considerably, as you might have noticed!); an open minded sharing philosophy (please take a good look around the site); and a solid foundation of coaching methods from elite swimming and triathlon. But our greatest goal is true to the original concept: to clearly show you, the swimmer, how to improve your swimming whatever your level.

I have a request for you: if you enjoy and benefit from Swim Smooth, please spread the word about us. If you have any suggestions, queries or feedback for the Swim Smooth team, please write to us at feedback@swimsmooth.com - we'd love to hear from you.

Enjoy your time in the water!

Paul Newsome
Head Coach, Swim Smooth

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