Qualities That Every Swim Coach Need To Have

This is the second part of the series. I explained the importance of the Minimum Swim Endurance for beginner triathletes, as well as how to build it. Next, you will need to find a coach and fix your stroke.

Let’s assume that you have put in the effort to improve your swim form and are now ready to get back to it.

Your next priority should be to find a swimming coach. Why? To identify your most pressing issues. This is important before you begin endurance-building exercises. It can be difficult to correct errors that have been ingrained into muscle memory.


  • Good swim coaches should be able to understand swimming and the strokes involved. You should look for someone who is able to identify the weaknesses and causes of errors in swimmers at the end of their careers.
  • Effective stroke drills will help improve your stroke technique and speed.
  • Triathlon coaches should have a good understanding of the swimmers’ abilities and levels, and how to create swim programs that match.
  • Swim coaches are always on the move, moving up and down pool decks to correct swimmers’ strokes. Great swim coaches will be able to get in the water. Expect them to demonstrate drills and guide you in the right positions.

This is an important distinction. Not necessarily a swim coach, but someone who is knowledgeable about triathlon. Your coach should be able to see how swimming fits into multisport training. Master’s coaches for swimming are often ex-swimmers and have a vast knowledge of swimming. Although they may not have as much experience, they can still help someone who doesn’t have the same physical abilities and muscle memories. I have noticed that some workouts are designed more for swimmers than triathletes. If we don’t change how we train and swim, our tri community will see a rise in neck, shoulder and rotator cuff strains.

Remember that a great swim coach might not make a good coach in triathlon. These workouts can be detrimental to your aerobic training and your overall triathlon program. Even the most skilled triathlon coaches may not be good swimmer coaches. The best Leading Private swimming academy coaches are often the ones who admit that they have no experience in coaching.

But I’m getting ahead of myself. First, find a coach that specializes in stroke analysis and correction for late-starters. This coach should have the specific knowledge and track record of helping swimmers improve. Don’t skimp on coaching quality; it is worth the money.


I recommend that you have a Swim Analysis. This video analyzes your swimming stroke from both above and below the water and, ideally, from all angles. This swim analysis will show you how your body pulls from entry to exit and your arms’ recovery above water.

A well-done analysis of swimming allows coaches to track form errors back to their root causes, using the slow-mo/rewind features. While fixing an obvious error B may be a good thing, it does not necessarily address the root cause of error A. Analyses can help to improve stroke correction efficiency by revealing groups or chains of errors. The effects of the chain are usually removed when the cause is eliminated.

A swim analysis is invaluable for a novice triathlete with a minimum of swim endurance. It provides you with specific information and, most importantly, it is actionable. After your errors are identified, you have these options:

a. Keep working on your form with your coach who did the analysis.

b. Refer to your video, and try to fix your mistakes on your own.

c. You can take your video to another coach to work on it if your coach is difficult to see (due to location or schedule).

One-on-one Correction

One-on-one sessions are better than waiting for your masters coach or swim squad coach to fix your form. You will have success with that. If you wish to see your form improve, get a coach’s full attention.

You should be prepared to spend a few sessions on drills that target errors. The severity of your errors and how fast you can learn drills on your feet will determine how long it takes to see your coach. You can’t start a drill by yourself after you have done one session. Because the proper form is not something you are used to, you will forget how to do it correctly the second time around. It won’t happen as quickly as you think.

Attention: There are techniques issues that can get out of control fast. After correcting all errors, a new coach will see a surge in improvement. The athlete will then wonder why he appears so smooth, but there are other swimmers who appear to be working harder or getting more distance per stroke.

Personally, I do not perform one-on-one stroke corrections without the swimmer having had a swim analysis. If I have one, I’m more equipped to assist.

In Summary

Once you are able to hold stroke corrections (minimum swim endurance), it’s time to find a coach to help you correct your stroke.

A coach who has the experience and knowledge to actually help triathletes improve their swims is the best.

A swim analysis will be conducted by the coach to identify and fix any problems in your swim form.

You can choose to go ahead without a swim analysis. A dedicated coach will be available for one-on-1 drills and corrections. This option is effective, at least until all errors are corrected.

Important Note: Swimming videos are the easy part.

This is what you get in return:

1.The quality of the Analyse.

2. Coach’s ability recognize errors and to distinguish cause from effect.

3. These errors are common and the coach has experience with them.

4. 4. The record of the coach in fixing them.

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