Friday, October 6, 2017

Your very own 2018 Rottnest Channel Swim Planner is now available...

Get your Rotto on like Janine in 2015!

Dear Swimmers

I hope you're having a great weekend! As promised, our 2018 Rottnest Solo training program is now ready to view at

Training starts on Monday 9th October! Whoop!

This year we've pulled out all the stops and have created an entirely bespoke step-by-step, session-by-session guide for you which allows you to systematically track your development to ensure you are in the best possible shape come Saturday 24th February (the Rottnest Channel Swim) or Saturday 17th March (the Port-to-Pub). 

In the past we've always produced a FREE training template (2016's can still be viewed here: ) which aimed to provide a skeleton program indicating recommended training volume and intensity over the period of 20 weeks. 

We've also still got our 75 minute Rottnest Q&A video archived on Youtube at which provides deeper insight into what is required to participate in this great event.

Here's 2018's skeleton program for your reference, including all of our recommended races, rest days, build phases etc - feel free to pass it on to friends:

Whilst the skeleton program contains the detail for several of the longer distance pool sets, open water swims and races to do, if you are training independent of the squad itself, you are at a bit of a disadvantage of not being able to tap into the day-2-day sessions that make up the nuts and bolts of the squad. Now you can have full access to all this information (as described below - 100+ detailed sessions to print out and complete) and track your progress as you go. This will be ideal for those of you when are also attending the squad via the waitlist (and not getting all of your call-ups) or travelling away with work quite a bit. 

So for under $20/mo you get access to the following by going to and following the prompts - enjoy! It's going to be a great summer with Swim Smooth Perth!

Full guidance all the way and accessible on any of your internet connected devices

Log in each day to view your dashboard and see how your efforts are stacking up

Set your goal so the Guru can prompt you according to how many sessions you can fit in each week

Every session (all 100+!) lined out on the left hand vertical panel so you can see exactly what's coming up!

Every session can be neatly printed out and brought down to the pool with you to follow step-by-step!

How can we claim the program is bespoke and specific to your ability? Enter in your latest CSS Test information (features as the 3rd session in Week 1) and the Guru will tell you precisely what Mode and what numbers to enter into your Tempo Trainer Pro in much the same way as Paul does on the pool deck for you each week - it's WAY cool!

Keep a track of your CSS development over the course of the program!

Every time you login, your next session is easily accessible from the dashboard!

Ensure continual development by learning to Tweak your CSS as you feel yourself improving!

Track your fitness improving and flag down times when you might be over-cooking it a bit and need to back off a smidgen - the Guru knows you better than yourself!

Feel like doing a non-plan session by yourself or with friends or even attending a squad session and want to enter the details of that instead? No worries, now you can - this will all count towards your total weekly distance!

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Save the date for this year's Squad Christmas Party! Saturday 9th December!

Dear Swimmers

Please save the date for this year's Squad Christmas Party on Saturday 9th December! For the 3rd year running we'll be hosting the party at our place again so we'd love to have you all around and celebrate another fantastic year swimming in the Swim Smooth Perth Squad down at Claremont Pool.

Theme ideas on a post card…here's one to tickle your taste buds from the ever-effervescent Paul McQueen:

Hope you have make it. Further details to follow in due course!

Paul, Mish, Jackson, Isla and Sandy the dog 🐕