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The New Swim Smooth Book

- the complete coaching system for swimmers and triathletes

The new Swim Smooth book is officially the best selling watersports book in the UK!

See below for independent reviews.

If you have enjoyed browsing and using the tips on this website, you will really love Swim Smooth's new book: The Complete Coaching System For Swimmers And Triathletes written by Head Coach Paul Newsome and Adam Young.

The book contains Swim Smooth's complete coaching program, including:

• How to develop every aspect of your freestyle stroke technique and avoid common pitfalls while doing so.

• Swim Smooth's complete drill set to refer to with detailed descriptions and photos.

• An up-to-date understanding of what makes an efficient and fast freestyle stroke.

• How to take a truly individual approach to your swimming, so that you develop a stroke style that works for you.

• Using Swim Smooth's 'Swim Types' system to understand what is holding you back and improve your individual stroke, including detailed development processes for each Swim Type.

• Getting into open water for the first time and taking on the challenge of your first open water or triathlon event.

• Becoming a great open water swimmer, overcoming anxiety and developing those critical open water skills.

• Developing your specific swimming fitness, a much overlooked and misunderstood subject but something that can make a huge difference to your comfort and level of performance.

• Combine our unique skeleton structure with detailed sets and training sessions to transfer what you've learnt in the book into practical workouts you can follow in the pool. Using this structure you can create over 5000 unique sessions to follow!

• Technique development sets specific to your individual stroke style and level of swimming to get you off a performance plateau you may be on.

• Dry land strength and conditioning methods to improve your swimming

• Developing your pool skills including tumble (flip) turns, dives and starts. Advice on joining and making the most of a masters swim squad.

• Detailed advice on preventing and managing swimming injuries.

• Swim Smooth's structured and easy to read writing style combined with hundreds of photos and diagrams explaining everything very clearly.

• Published by John Wiley & Sons, one of the biggest publishing companies in the world.

Here at Swim Smooth we have produced all our websites, tools and DVDs to develop your swimming but we are especially proud of this new book and the huge potential it has to improve your enjoyment, efficiency and speed of swimming.

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Buy Swim Smooth The Complete Coaching System For Swimmers And Triathletes (Full Colour, 316 pages)

GB £17.99 / US $29.95 / AUS $34.95 / Euro €21.55 / CAN $34.95

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frequent questions:

Q: Why are the international shipping costs higher than your DVDs?

Unfortunately it just comes down to weight! We've sought out the very best deal we can for you on shipping but sending something weighing 1kg is always going to cost something. Regardless, the total price is still amazing value considering the quantity and quality of information in the book!

Q: I already own one of your DVDs, what's new in the book?

Compared to our DVDs, our new book does inevitably have some crossover in content but there's a huge quantity of new explanations, methods and materials which you won't find anywhere else. The book took Paul and Adam over a year to write for that reason! The advantage of the book format is that although we can't show you moving images as on a DVD, we can offer a deeper insight, background and wider range of materials which is simply not possible with a DVD.

If you already have one of our DVDs you'll find the book complements it perfectly - the two will very much go together and you'll gain an even greater understanding of how to improve your swimming.

Q: I have one of your training plans, how do the training sessions in the book differ?

Our training plans are designed to be followed from beginning to end to build you up to a race or event. The sessions in the book are not designed into a continuous programme but they allow you to pick sets to easily construct your own sessions and we show you how to fit them into a regular swimming routine. This is very easy to do and allows you to tailor sessions to your individual needs.

For instance, if you are a swimmer who needs to develop better stroke rhythm you can construct sessions targeting that, or if you feel your endurance is poor then pick sets to develop that for you. The theme of the book is to be more tailored and specific to your individual needs as a swimmer while the training plans are a little more general but give you a laid out continuous program building up for an event.

Q: I'm new to swimming, is the book too advanced for me?

Absolutely not! The book's been written with a wide range of swimmers in mind, from complete beginners to advanced level athletes. The great thing about the book format is that we have the time and space to look at these different aspects in a bit more detail than we can on a website or DVD.

There's plenty of great material in there for beginner swimmers and by reading some of the slightly more advanced sections you'll gain a greater background understanding and see where you are heading. Besides you can try some of the more advanced techniques too, you may be surprised what you can achieve - go for it!

Swim Smooth Book Reviews

The book has only been on sale since late June but here are some of the rave review it's received already :

Gosh where do I start? From the date of ordering to the day of delivery was really fast. Because I have enjoyed your weekly blogs I didn't expect the wow factor that I get every time I open your book.

As a coach I like the logical angle that you and Paul use to explain the why. I did a program last night using parts of your warm-up build and set sequences and the group of masters I had training loved it. Although one of my swimmers said it was truly oxygen deprivating. Was joking but did stretch him to the max.

I have been showing your book to fellow coaches and swim teachers and they are just as enthralled as I am. I must say that my name is indelibly printed inside the cover, decreasing the chance of misplacing.

Robyn Norma Schwass, Taupo, New Zealand

The Swim Smooth book has become my most useful and powerful training tool for improving my swimming. As I am from a running background, I struggled to keep up with the faster athletes in the swim which put me at a massive disadvantage going onto the bike and it took a lot out of me. They say you can't win a race from the swim, but you can sure lose it!

Since buying Swim Smooth's brilliant book I have progressed in literally all aspects of my swimming. I have gained more speed, power, flexibility in my shoulders and more importantly confidence in my swimming, all for the same if not less effort by simply following their taining plans and studying their HUGE knowledge base.

The work is paying off as my race results of PB's, World Championship qualification positions and University BUCS Championship medals show.


George Robinson, Sheffield, England

This is by far the best swimming book that I have every read. This has immediately become my swimming bible. I plan on building my entire training program around the principles described in this book. I particularly like the three key approach of technique development, swim training and open water skills.

Many other programs focus only on technique development which makes it boring.

My only complaint about the Swim Smooth program (not the book) is there are no Swim Smooth clinics in Houston, Texas. Please fix this!

Keep up the good work!

Rick Robertson, Houston, United States

I love your book, it explains everything clearly without oversimplifying. It explains stroke technique but also how to correct issues in a way that you can actually work on by yourself. I like the workouts you can put together, planning workouts in your training schedule and the specific tri swim tips.

I own several books on swimming but this is by far the most complete and most useful and usable.

Saskia Holditch, Fonthill, Canada

I just finished Swim Smooth, The Complete Coaching System for Swimmers and Triathletes, and to use an applicable American phrase, I was "blown out of the water". I already have the Catchmaster Class DVD and the waterproof Ironman distance training program and have used both extensively, so was not sure there could be too much additional information in the book. I was pleasantly surprised to find the book filled with addtional instruction and training. Paul and Adam's relaxed easy to read style make the learning enjoyable and I was really sorry when it ended. I would highly recommend the book to anyone who wants to improve their swimming.

David Calcagno, Camp Hill, PA, USA


As a triathlon coach, the Swim Smooth book has provided me and my other coaches with a more complete approach to our coaching. The book isn't simply about technique but balances it out with other elements such as conditioning and open water techniques, which gives it a more holistic approach.

This book is as absolute must for swimmers and coaches alike!

Benjamin Eitelberg, Auckland, New Zealand www.fitnesslocker.co.nz

This fantastic book brings the broad range of valuable insight and guidance from Swim Smooth together into one coherent and easily readable whole. This book is a standalone guide for those wanting to advance their swimming, especially in the open water.

A great reference, swimming development manual and training guide for intermediate and advanced swimmers.

Greg Oosterbaan, Hamilton, New Zealand

The new book, "Swim Smooth," is exactly what I expected from the folks who have become my go-to resource for swimming technique, training and fitness. The book is a complete resource to analyze swimming style, pinpoint what needs to be done to make improvements and offer precise drills to do the job. Illustrations and photos are right on.

No coaching group understands swimming like Swim Smooth.

Scott Richardson, ITCA certified triathlon coach/IronMan finisher

Excellent! Love the structure + dip in and out all the time. Have also read cover to cover. 'Swim Smooth' lies in prime place on bedside table with key message (selected according to mood) revised at night in relaxed 5 mins for practice in the pool before work the next day.

Great photos! Love reading Paul + Adam's stories of how Swim Smooth evolved. Enjoy!!

Ruth Nieuwenhuis, Birchgrove, UK

The best swim book available. Great reading, full of all the right information to help all swimmers & triathletes improve their technique and swim performance. Covers all aspects to build an efficient freestyle stroke. Excellent graphics that make the clear writing more easily understandable and effective.

Inclusion of the 'Swim Types' is a brilliant idea, helping athletes can identify their own style and use the appropriate drills and corrections. Plenty of ideas to build your own programme, no manner what your current standard.

Brilliant book - thank you Paul & Adam

Martin Wood, Lincoln, UK www.lincolntri.org.uk

THANK YOU!! The book is gr8. Sooo good to have everything from the blog between two covers. Its all there, even a dummy can get it. The appendix is very useful & the workouts r a wonderful variety. I learnt to swim freestyle 2 years ago on the Swim Smooth blog & I think the book was a fantastic idea, my immediate reaction was "finally they've made a book!!"

Thank you so much & for being the best coaching support online ever. Its a long way to Egypt where I live & come from but u've definitely made the distance.

Dolly Degwy, Cairo, Egypt

I am so pleased I ordered this book. It has made a huge difference to my swimming. I have gone from being a triathlete that has to swim to bieng a triathlete that loves the swim sessions. Thank you.

I have recommend both this book and you web site to all my friends!

Emma Marshall-Telfer, Lincoln, UK

Excellent! As a newbie to swimming front crawl the classic Arnie techniques hit a number of nerves with me... That is why it's a great book - because I can relate to the flaws in my swim stroke and you have identified key root causes for those flaws and how to improve with appropriate training drills that are easy to understand.

I've looked at TI previously - but it was far too complicated. My aim is to move from Arnie to Swinger and this book will guide me there. I told my brother (Overglider - see I'm taking it all in!!!) about the book and he's up to page 50 already. Brilliant - thank you to both of you for making this very difficult discipline in Triathlon much easier to understand and for providing top level structured guidance.

Steve Parkinson, Beverley, England

I am a 57 year old bicycle fitter in Cincinnati and I work with a lot of newer triathletes. One of my clients recommended "Swim Smooth" to me in the course of a fitting. I ordered your book, as I recently returned to triathlon after 12 years and of course, was looking for every advantage!

The Swim Smooth philosophy resonated with me, as it embraces the idea that their is no one "ideal" swimmer type. It provides an easy way to identify you own swimmer type and then offers drills and training strategies specific to your type. This is my philosophy as a bike fitter- we enter our sports with different physical histories, goals, talents, injuries etc. and we will best reach our potential if we tailor our fit and training to our specific needs.

My personal experience with tri swimming is that I have spent way too much time trying to minimize my stroke count and my times weren't improving.

After reading Swim Smooth, I increased my turnover and dropped 2 minutes from my next two sprint tri swim splits and I'm swimming my fastest times ever. I feel much more natural in the open water and sighting much better. I also feel smooth and more efficient (almost lazy) and able to start off the bike leg much fresher - in fact, at age 57, I had the fastest overall female bike split in my last race, something that never happened when I raced in my 30's and 40's.

Thanks, Paul, Adam and Mr. Smooth! I will recommend your program to all of my clients!

Kathleen Krumme, Cincinnati, USA www.oakleycycles.com

Finally all the swim info in one place. I finally "get it" about the middle finger straight ahead, entry, catch, getting the hip out of the way, and watching my speed increase. This positive feedback creates that wonderful loop where motivation increases, leading to better workouts, better fitness, increased speed, and fun!

Add to this the little things - like using a plastic bag to put a wetsuit on - I did this for the first time last Sunday, and got a better fit than I ever had. I had been using a sleeveless suit for several years, but reading and realizing how much I was giving up in buoyancy, I tried again the full suit again.

Using what I had learned from the book over the past 3 weeks, I did a 1800m 50m pool swim with wet suit with a 1:38/100m split, even throughout. For 55-59 AG dude, I am quite pleased.

Thanks! This is the new swim bible.

Ken Williams, London, Canada

This a terrific book. It is well grounded in the work of expert coaches, but rather than reading like a sports science journal, it is welcoming and supportive. There is heaps of guidance for swimmers of all types and all levels.

In addition to "Mr Smooth" and other Swim Smooth materials, the book has enabled me, as a runner and cyclist but not great swimmer, to make huge progress. The increased efficiency has made me faster for less output and best of all, I feel like I know what I am doing and what I can do to correct things that are not right.

I have actually kept the book in my car in the last couple of weeks, so that I can remind myself of key things when I arrive at the pool car park! The one revision for me would be some more training sessions and schedules, with the less experienced swimmer in mind, as some of these just beyond me at this stage and assistance in working up to them would help.

Other than that, I would suggest that if you only ever buy one book about swimming, it should be this one.

John Tibke, Lancaster, England

The Swim Smooth book is an excellent reference for swimmers of any level. As someone who has just returned to swimming after many years away, it is proving invaluable in helping me with my technique. Especially when coupled with the Swim Smooth DVD set.

Paul Lewis, Norwich, England

I'm always looking for more clear and concise ways of teaching people to swim, especially beginners. Swim Smooth's website has always been a go to place for me to find information and guidance on form, training and any other swim related questions that I may have.

A few months ago I was thinking how great it would be if Swim Smooth came out with a book, then I heard an interview with Paul Newsome and he mentioned that a book was on the way, I got very excited. Since I received the new book in the mail I have read most of it and perused it many times for specific information, every time finding the answer I was looking for.

The pictures are fantastic, and the information is spot on and easy to understand. I would recommend this book to any beginner that is looking to get started and even the experienced swimmer that is looking to break out of their plateau.

Patrick Stoddard, Lewsville, United States trishop.com/coach-patrick-stoddard

Superb level of detail, awesome photography / graphics and its all delivered in an easy to read style. If this doesn't rid the world of overgliders nothing will.

Make no mistake this is the freestylers bible!

Tim Lanigan, Lytham St Annes, England

I have been a big fan of total immersion for some years and use the technique routines regularly to re-tune form. When the guys at Swim Smooth launched their website I purchased their videos and the Mr Smooth animation.

The collection of all these were fantastic! I bought the book out of interest and couldn't recommend it highly enough!

Its the best swim training book on the market! All bar none! Well done guys!!

Jez Williman, Monte Carlo, Monaco

It's a great book, easy to follow, loads of diagrams, with some super tips that seem to have been written just for me. I also like the drills section and the suggested session plans.

I've already noticed a difference after a couple of weeks in one or two areas just by following your advice.

Alan Brighton, Tilbrook, UK

I love it thank you, as a triathlete with a good swim, level 1 coaching and background in sprint training, this was the last piece to the jigsaw.

I now have the complete picture. Your easy explanations with pictures is awesome. I have a group of juniors and going to use it.

Thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you!

Belinda Vardy, Tweed Heads, Australia

All the great concepts developped by Swim Smooth in one complete package. This book is so thorough and yet manages to keep it all very clear with a logical progression and a beautiful layout.

The pictures are very explicit and clearly a huge amount of passionate work has gone into this. Being an intermediate triathlete, having all the open water techniques included is invaluable. I have used all the other Swim Smooth resources previously and find that having it all summed in print makes it so much easier to reference.

It may sound a bit corny but it's Swim Smooth that got me really hooked on swimming and took the boredom out of the laps. I can't imagine a better reference for anybody interested in swimming.

Great Stuff!

Bruce Keen, Paris, France

Fantastic amount of information packed between the covers! I already have a swim types guide and the Catch Masterclass DVD and even though there is some overlap, it is an excellent resource with a lot of additional information, numerous workout sessions, and new drills.

The book should definitely be on the reading list for the serious swim geek or the relaxed amateur just looking to improve their swimming and get greater enjoyment out of it.

Andrew Burns, Vancouver Canada

The Swim Smooth Book is the best swimming book there is so far, that I have read, and I can tell you that because I am swimming freestyle with as little as three sessions with far more ease and flow than ever before. I recommend this book for all the serious swimming athletes, and triathletes that want to keep on improving as never before, and take their swimming to the next level, should give it a try.

Herman Soto, Puebla, Mexico

Well thought out and structured. Provides valuable insight into stroke faults and corrections without getting too technical. The swim types are "spot on" ...even their personalities!

A must have to get to the next level!

Doug Saar, Ellicott City, USA

As a trainee masters swimming coach and a competitive pool and open water swimmer, I was looking for some ideas to improve my freestyle. I was so excited when I found this book. It has everything I could possibly need to know and it has also helped me understand how to overcome a shoulder injury!

The book, in conjunction with the on-line information, is priceless. Thanks for putting together such a comprehensive and easy to understand resource for any swimmer at any level.

Rachael Keogh, Brisbane Australia

Swim Smooth has outdone themselves. The new Swim Smooth book is one of the most detailed and thorough swim instructional books out there. The book is loaded with pictures to give the reader a better understanding of what is being said.

Thank you Swim Smooth!

Michael Orr, Scarborough, Maine, USA

With this book, Paul and Adam set a milestone in swim coaching and improving technique, endurance and speed, particularly for the self-coached swimmer or triathlete. Their passionate approach to swimming is unique and their way of balancing good technique with well-paced endurance sessions is definitely key for improvement.

The technique drill sets are easy to understand and very well explained, and most of all the explanations are actually making sense! The Critical Swim Speed (CSS) approach for measuring the current fitness level in order to design endurance workouts is fabulous.

When I discovered Swim Smooth in 2010, I was blown away by how much information they offered on their website. After getting a copy of one of their Ironman training plans, I managed to finally get under the 1-hour mark for the Ironman swim! If you want to improve your swimming, there is no way around these guys!

I will give 5 stars for this book under one condition: Keep the good work up!

Stefan Schreiber, Edmonton Canada

Your book is the best book on swimming technique that I have seen. It is truly revolutionizing for my swimming. Everything you say and do makes perfect sense and I am very thankful that you made the effort to unlock the secrets of efficient freestyle swimming and share them with the greater public. Inspired by your book, I did two 40 min sessions each day from Mon - Wed focusing on three key drills from the book. I started with 1:38 for 100m on Monday morning (baseline), Monday evening, I brought it down to 1:32, Tuesday morning 1:29, and Wednesday evening 1:26 for 100m. 12s faster is truly amazing.

The three drills I focused on were 6-1-6, swimming with freestyler paddles and the relaxation sinking exercise (where one exhales and sinks down). 6-1-6 helped me to learn body rotation while keeping my head in the same position. From the three this was probably the most effective as it lengthened my stroke significantly and helped put me in a streamlined position. I also realized that my arm entry was a little bit off. My arm was not parallel to the centerline of my body. I realized that this wasted energy, so I focused on a parallel (to centerline) entry.

The freestylers helped me to recognize that my arm would sink naturally as the water would press against my forehand / arm, and this would naturally initiate the catch. Being the classic overglider, I wasted energy keeping my arm up. The sinking exercise helped me to relax and to become more mindful of my breathing during the stroke. I am coming from a running background and got hooked into doing sprint triathlons 10 years ago. It would be amazing to be able to sustain a pace between 1:10 and 1:20 for 100m.

Ingo Gulde, Germany

I've been reading the SwimSmooth book for a week or two and as expected, it is the clearest and most useful book on the subject that I've read and I've read at least tried to read a few, from the extremely scientific to the overly emotive one that I gave up on.

Paul Newsome and Adam Young use their well thought out and simple approach to inform swimmers and coaches on the basis of the front crawl stroke, working through the body position, introducing the Swim Smooth philosophy and guiding you through the choice of training equipment before moving on to Stroke Technique and Stroke Rate.

The Swim Types system is introduced later on and if you're new to this concept it may feel like a leap of faith, particularly if you're a coach trained in the ASA way. I'd already had a lot of experience with Swim Smooth prior to the publication of the book, having used their website and been lucky enough to attend their 3 day Coaching course at Loughborough this year, so the Swim Types System was already familiar to me however, it's worth saying that even if you don't buy in to the Swim Types system immediately, there is so much to absorb from the book in general that you can come back to this concept at any point if and when you want to and you will want to!

There is a very useful section on Video techniques and equipment, which follows Swim Smooth's mantra of giving away knowledge for free. (Yes, I know you've paid for the book but it's only 14.99 in the UK and the knowledge contained therein is something that most coaching set-ups would rightly charge a lot for on courses).

If you're a coach, the book is an investment you should make. The sections on Swim Fitness Training, Conditioning and Open Water Adaptations are, in common with the rest of the book, incredibly simple to follow yet very in depth. I have ploughed through the Doc Councilman book which although rather old, gave me a detailed understanding of the training processes used by top athletes. Since then, I haven't found any writings on the subject that come close until now!

The difference is that Paul and Adam put things in a very un-scientific way that is easy to understand. These guys have thought of everything - even the things they haven't yet thought of! Putting all this knowledge in one place in a digestible format is quite an achievement especially considering that it's the brainchild of two people - Paul Newsome and Adam Young who both know how to 'keep it simple' and remember, 'Simple ain't easy!

Rod Hart, UK

I received this book shortly after it was released, i tend to read it little and often....but have not got to the end yet! This is because this book is just full of information, training tips, drills and even appropriate swim equipment recommendations (which I've ordered) that to have finished it would have ment that i was rushing it and not working with it.

That said, I have decided to work through the book this way, but it is structured so that a person may pick out certain pieces of information to correct an area of their stroke, but in reading this book one area highlights areas of another and gives useful tips to enhance other areas in which you may not have even realised (hope that makes sense).

Anyway I'm really enjoying this book and cant wait to go to a swim smooth training class so i can be evaluated on my new improved stroke!

Mrs Jane Partington, Wiltshire, England

Absolutely fantastic. I've identifed myself as an "overglider" and are working hard with the exercises and tips. Good photos and nice touch of the content. Inspiring and fun!

Time for open water in 12 degrees. You made It possible!

Magnus Albonius, Harnosand, Sweden

Just what I needed. I am an adult onset swimmer who initally was the "Arnie" type and then morphed into the "overglider" type as I improved my body position more horizontally, learned to relax more while in the water with a slower but longer stroke. My arm length is around 1.5 inches longer than my height of 73 inches. My freestyle swim "speed" maxed out around 1 min 50 sec per 100 yards for the past several years.

With only 10 days or so of looking at your new book, peforming the basic catch drills (doggy paddle-sculling-waterpolo) and speeded up my stroke rate. USE of the NEW Finis hand paddles that do not have straps have provided immediate feedback that my overgliding stroke was also producing a dropped elbow and palm facing forward hand.

What a relief to find out what problems my stroke had and quickly realize improvement. I got more work and practice to do and for the first time I believe my swimming can improve to middle of the pack results (not way off the back) for this mid 50's weekend warrior.

William Kircher, Butler, PA, USA

First of all I've enjoyed the Catch Masterclass DVD so the Learn to Swim Freestyle those were also an awesome aid for my swimming. I've started swimming in February 2011 and did not have any coach since the initial sessions, only your site which was my homepage on my smartphone, so it was easy to follow the changes and advises.

Last year I finished last on swim leg of our local triathlon, this year 92nd of 179. I'm strictly following your advises and the book is now my "bible". I've tried other media from different online coaches but none of them caught me as much as your material. I can't just praise the book, because the book is the result of many years of work and experience of you, I can praise your work. GOOD job!

Zsolt Sajga, Targu Mures, Romania

This book is titled as a complete coaching system... whereas it is much more... it is a complete system for all swimmers who desire to understand a sport based on existing in an alien element, water. The illustrations serve the purpose towards enhancing verbal descriptions and they are simple but not simple minded... the abbreviations are finally explained in full. I would like to recommend that one should use a certified trainer in the Dryland section and the use of a GYMSTICK from Finland to assist in becoming stronger for the events one swims in.

This is a book that I can refer to over and over and it is a pleasure to read and put it in practise as it is not complex to understand.. .as a swimmer with old fashioned habits from childhood racing.. I have learned a lot from the authors and am grateful in my development towards being a better swimmer which leads to more enjoyment in the water for the rest of my life.

Susan Huber, Salt Spring Island, B.C., Canada

The Swim Smooth book describes a fast AND efficient freestyle technique (with lots of pictures), and more importantly, it provides a process for improving your swimming (whatever your current style). The enthusiam of the authors comes through in the book, and gets you excited about new opportunities for improvement. Very good value.

Peter Stewart, UK

I'm a BTA Level 2 Triathlon coach and run a weekly masters stroke improvement class. I've been using Swim Smooth methods for about a year now so was a little unsure if the book would tell me anything new.

So far so good. I'm picking up new approaches and ways of communicating the messages. I love the simplicity and straight talking approach in the book. I also really like the practical examples of integrating techniques into sessions.

It's my coaching bible and would highly recommend it to anyone serious about improving their times and technique.

Keith Elliott, Tiverton, UK

Absolutely excellent! One of the best "well-presented" books I've come across. Clear exposition of points, well illustrated - unbeatable! One minor niggle is that, due to poor vision, I would have liked a bolder print font - I thought the font used was a bit faint.

The Swim Smooth book "presentation" far outshines some recent swim books on the market e.g. "The Swim Coaching Bible (Vol 2)", "Mastering Swimming" etc,. Although to be fair, these titles cover all the competitive strokes.

Don Wright, Kettering UK

Finding the book a great inspiration, it confirms (and more) what our coaches at Stafford Triathlon drill into us. Over time and practice I'm confident I will become a better versatile swimmer. Even in this short time since I bought the book I look forward to my swim sessions, constrating on tweaking my stroke technique and thinking about improving, rather than just swimming up and down lanes finding it boring at times.

The book has revitalised my swimming, thanks for the book Adam Young and Paul Newsome.

Michael Spinetto, Stafford, United Kingdom www.staffordtri.com

Great Book. Very applicable to triathletes and those who have not swam extensively at a young age. Well laid out and the pictures are a great aid. Just wish that I had read this book when I got into swimming.

Highly Recommend!

Alex Grigg, Nelson New Zealand

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We are shipping orders from the UK to the United States as normal but have been informed by the Royal Mail of some new security measures that have been introduced by United States Homeland Security to all mail entering the United States. These measures may mean a small delay to your parcel arriving over the February period. Full details can be seen here.

We would like to appologise in advance if there is any delay to your parcel arriving but rest assured you will soon receive your delivery safe and sound.

If you have any questions about your order, please contact our sales team.

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Swim Smooth Shipping

Our Shipping Service Is Fast And Reliable

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We pride ourselves on great value shipping prices.
If you have a large order, please contact our sales team for a precise shipping quote.

We ship all our products from the UK because the UK postal system offers fast and great value shipping to the rest of the world.

Typical delivery times:

UK: 2-5 days ¹
United States and Canada: 7-10 days ¹
EU Europe: 3-7 days ¹
Australia / New Zealand: 15-21 days ¹
Asia: 10-21 days ¹

¹ Typical delivery times which we work very hard to achieve for you. Delays are rare but we must allow 28 days before a claim is made against the suspected loss of a parcel.

Over the last decade we've shipped tens of thousands of packages to our customers in Europe, North America, South America and Asia. You can order from us safe in the knowledge that we have never left a single order unfullfilled anwhere in the world. We operate an extremely fast service and in the unlikely event we cannot send your parcel out on the next working day, we will inform you immediately by email.

If you have any questions about your order or our shipping policy, please contact our sales team.

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DVDs come in two formats, select the right one for your location:

• 'NTSC' is the format used in North America, Japan, Mexico, South Korea and Taiwan.

• 'PAL' is used in almost everywhere else in the world including Western Europe, The UK, Ireland, Australia and New Zealand.

Swim Smooth DVDs do not have any region code restrictions.

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UK Tax Free Sales

Exports of HUUB Swimskins and Wetsuits to countries outside the European Union are exempt from UK VAT (sales tax) of 20%.

If you live in North America, South America, Asia, Australasia, India or Africa take advantage of this large saving by selected the EU Export option in the pull-down.

You'll find our international shipping is very fast and the charges very reasonable too. If you have any questions about your purchase or our international shipping service, please contact sales@swimsmooth.com or phone +44 1745 860680.

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Swim Smooth's Free Wetsuit / Buoyancy Short Exchange Policy

Choosing the right size of any wetsuit / buoyancy short is critical for comfort and performance, and that's true of HUUB products too.

For that reason Swim Smooth offer free exchange shipping on all HUUB suits. Try on your new suit when you receive it and if you would like to exchange it for another size, return it to us and we'll send out a replacement with free shipping. *

For our full guide on sizing and fitting your HUUB wetsuit: see here

Concerned about sizing or selecting your HUUB? We're friendly and here to help! Reach us on:

Call within the UK on: 01745 860680
Call internationally on: +44 1745 860680


Unfortunately once any wetsuit or buoyancy short has been swum in (in the pool or open water) it is no longer new and cannot be exchanged.

* This offer applies to a first exchange only, multiple exchanges will incur shipping charges.

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See also: HUUB Sizing Chart

selecting your HUUB suit

Each HUUB wetsuit has been rigorously developed for a particular stroke style by expert swimming coaches Swim Smooth and heavily tested by real swimmers at their test centre in Perth, Western Australia. From a tailored buoyancy distribution to the unique X-O-Skeleton, bicep and calf releases, find the right suit for you and it will fit your individual stroke technique 'like a glove'!

Sinky Legged Swimmers

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Low lying legs in the water are a huge source of drag

Many triathletes without a swimming background suffer from low lying legs in the water creating a huge amount of drag. They also tend to cross-over the centre line in front of their head and drive their kick from the knee rather than the hip. Many good athletes suffer in this way and despite their power and strength on land find swimming a frustrating experience.

Experiences: You don't have a swimming background, find swimming with a pull buoy significantly easier and absolutely love swimming in a wetsuit!

Recommended suit: Archimedes 1/2 3:5, Aerious 1/2 3:5, Axena 3:5 or Aegis 3:5

The buoyancy distribution of these suit will be a revelation lifting your legs right up to the surface, significantly more than any other wetsuit on the planet. The X-O-Skeleton resists any cross-overs in your stroke and helps you swim much straighter in open water. The bicep and calf releases improve your pull and kicking technique for increased speed. These features add up to a stunning improvement in performance, finally giving you the rewards you deserve in the water.

Recommended for Swim Smooth Swim Types: Arnie, Arnette, Bambino

Female Swimmer With Good Natural Buoyancy

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Women naturally have a better buoyancy profile than men and find achieving a good body position much easier.

Women are a different shape to men (you might have noticed!) and have a different buoyancy profile which needs a unique approach to wetsuit design. Not only is the distribution different but most women are more naturally buoyant overall than men and so require a less buoyant suit.

Experiences: You may find swimming in a wetsuit a little awkward or unbalanced, and may struggle to get a good fit as traditionally wetsuits have been designed for men.

Recommended suit: Atana 3:3 / Aura 3:3

Something special and unique just for you ladies, the HUUB approach to your unique needs is a thinner suit with less buoyancy. Easier to get on and off, and leaves you feeling balanced in the water when you swim, just like you do in the pool. As a bonus the thinner material is more flattering too, avoiding that chunky look of men's suits!

Please note: Although more rare than with men, some female swimmers do have sinky legs, if you do choose an Axena 3:5 or Aegis 3:5.

Recommended for Swim Smooth Swim Types: Female Kicktastics, Overgliders and Bambinos.

Dominant Leg Kick Swimmers

You rely on your kick but in a conventional wetsuit are brought so high at the rear you start to kick air.

Those with some swimming background as a junior often have quite a dominant leg kick when swimming. Without a wetsuit this kick keeps their legs high in the water but in a conventional suit the buoyancy in the hips and legs is too great and the legs are lifted so high the swimmer starts to kick air. Worse, being overly high at the rear leaves the swimmer feeling unbalanced and uncomfortable in their suit.

Experiences: You dislike wetsuit swimming and often feel unbalanced and restricted in a conventional suit. When training in the pool you may be slower with a pull buoy although this isn't always the case if you kick more from the knee than hip.

Recommended suit: male: Archimedes 1/2 4:4 or Aerious 1 4:4, female: Atana / Aura

These 4:4 and 3:3 (on the Atana / Aura) wetsuits have a neutral buoyancy profile so that you maintain the same body position in the water that you do without wearing a suit. This allows you to use your kick just as you would in the pool without lifting you too high at the rear so you start to kick air and lose stability. Using the exact same construction and technology as the 3:5's you have the perfect suit to maximise your speed.

Recommended for Swim Smooth Swim Types: Kicktastic

Long Over-Gliding Stroke Style

Despite working on their stroke efficiency, many Overglider's legs sit low in the water

Despite working hard on creating a long efficient stroke, swimmers with a long pause and glide have quite a low body position in the water. Whilst not as low as the classic leg-sinkers they will still benefit hugely from the getting their legs higher in the water.

Experiences: Although you enjoy swimming in a wetsuit you may find you don't perform as well in open water relative to your peers as you do in the pool. Waves and chop from other swimmers tends to stall you in the pause and glide in your stroke and may knock you off balance.

Recommended suit: Archimedes 1/2 3:5, Aerious 1/2 3:5 or Aegis 3:5

You already benfit from swimming in a wetsuit but choosing a 3:5 will take your efficiency to a different level entirely locking your legs high up to the surface with its amazing buoyancy profile. The X-O-Skeleton maintains your stroke alignment so you cut through the water cleanly and keeps you tracking arrow straight between the buoys round the course. The bicep and calf releases make swimming in your HUUB much more like pool swimming, your kick and arm stroke feel loose and relaxed: amazing!

Recommended for Swim Smooth Swim Types: Overglider

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Every HUUB Suit was developed and tested with our elite athletes in Perth Australia for devastating speed.

Experienced Swimmer

Always near the front of the field, experienced swimmers have good stroke technique from their days as a junior swimmer. They already have a great body position in the water and although nobody's stroke is perfect they have only minor areas to tweak and improve.

Your experiences: Confident and capable, you are looking for a suit with the best materials and neutral buoyancy profile to transfer you pool speed across into open water.

Recommended suit: Archimedes 1/2 4:4 or Aerious 4:4

Fully featured HUUB suits employing a neutral buoyancy profile to maintain your horizontal body position without feeling unbalanced by shifting the buoyancy profile too much towards the rear. The X-O-Skeleton maintains your swimming posture and keeps your stroke perfectly aligned even if you fatigue during a race. The bicep and calf release system maintain the kick and catch technique you've refined over the years in the pool. The perfect suit to devastate the field!

Recommended for Swim Smooth Swim Types: Swinger, Smooth

HUUB sizing chart

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HUUB Wetsuits By Swimmer Type

See also: Swim Smooth's full guide to selecting your HUUB suit

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