Friday, April 20, 2018

Does your Swim Smooth Squad app keep crashing? If so, here's what to do!

Dear Swimmers

Several of you have brought it to my attention this week that during the checkout process on the Swim Smooth Squad app on an iPhone, when you're attempting to but some more session credits, the app will crash preventing you from topping up your account. This will be affecting you I'm told if you've recently updated your phone to iOS 11.3. Apologies if this has caused you some grief!

How to fix it:

  1. press and hold on the Swim Smooth Squad app icon on your phone to make it jiggle around and give you the option to delete the app by pressing the "X"
  2. open your app store and search for "Swim Smooth Perth" or simply follow this link
  3. reinstall the app and you should be good to go again (don't forget to log back in of course)
  4. alternatively, this link will allow you to login from your desktop / laptop computer and top-up that way

Hope that helps! Have a great weekend!

P.S we've got some last minute cancellation spots available in tomorrow's NEW Saturday Stoic Sunrise Swim at Claremont Pool 0530-0700 - please use the app to register - thanks! It's a cracking little set tomorrow!



Wednesday, April 18, 2018

ANZAC Day - no 5.30am and 9.30am squad swims next Wednesday - sorry!

Dear Swimmers

I hope those of you with kids aren't being over-run during the school holidays and you're enjoying a little extra time with your respective brood!

Just a reminder that next Wednesday is of course ANZAC Day (April 25th). The Claremont Pool will not be opening until midday on this day so unfortunately our 5.30am and 9.30am sessions will not be running next week. If you normally attend these sessions, you don't need to remember to cancel out of them as I have done a blanket-sweep for all of you already.

You might like to "catch-up" on some of your swimming by attending the NEW Saturday Stoic Sunrise Swim 5.30-7am on this Saturday (21st April) and / or next Saturday (28th April). They are currently both showing as fully booked and have for the 3rd and 4th week in a row gone to waitlist, but I strongly suspect there will be some dynamic movement here due to the holidays allowing those of you in the waitlist positions of say 1-8 to get a place…so please be quick to register to snag one of those potential places. Just use the app to easily add yourself in.

I will personally be away with my family camping in Kalbarri Monday 23rd to Friday 27th April, but I leave you in the very capable hands of Coach Sally in my absence next week. See you Friday and Saturday this week though before I go!

Have a great time if you're going away yourself!


Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Saturday Stoic Sunrise Swim - Round 2 this coming weekend!

Dear Swimmers

Hope you are having a great start to your week.

I just wanted to reach out and thank those of you who came along to our inaugural Saturday Stoic Sunrise Swim last week at 5.30-7am. I've been receiving some excellent feedback about the session, so thanks for taking the time to email / SMS / call that through, it's very much appreciated!

Top of everyone's feedback seems to be that they "loved the mix and variety" of our 5 session types, as indicated in the image above:

  1. Pure Technique
  2. Technique / Endurance
  3. "Red Mist" Endurance
  4. CSS (Threshold) Development
  5. Open Water Skills / Fun

…and that the 90 minutes seemed to fly by, even for those who've never ventured beyond our standard 60 minute classes. This is really pleasing to hear and as such it definitely seems to be a crowd favourite in terms of composition. Each week for the next 7 weeks of our 8 week trial, we shall vary this mix and it's even been suggested that we do a part-by-part reveal so that you never know what's coming up to add to the excitement of that!!

This week again has gone to a wait list for this session, though last week we had 8 people still on the waitlist by midday on the Friday and then everyone ultimately got a spot to swim given the dynamic nature of people having to cancel out before 5.30pm on the Friday evening. So don't despair - if you haven't got an official spot yet, try using the waitlist and then coming down if you get the call-up to be part of what I see as becoming a great staple to our weekly program!

Have a great afternoon!


Thursday, April 5, 2018

Saturday is almost upon us!

The dawn of a new era at Claremont Pool - the start of our Saturday Stoic Sunrise Swim is this Saturday, 7th April!

Dear Swimmers

Many thanks to all those of you who've registered for this week's inaugural Saturday Stoic Sunrise Swim at the Claremont Pool! We can't wait to get coaching you!

The session will have a unique feel to the rest of the week's usual squad sessions and during this initial 8-week trial period will essentially blend elements of our five swim session types:

  1. Pure Technique (i.e. drills and skills)
  2. Technique / Endurance (i.e. pull, paddles and bands work)
  3. "Red Mist" Endurance (i.e. solid endurance work to really challenge you)
  4. CSS Development (i.e. increasing the pace to really boost your threshold)
  5. Open Water Skills development (i.e. swim specific fun!)

Each week we'll vary the ratio around these key areas and aim to target specific events in the long-term, i.e. half / full Ironman, Rottnest swims and the open water swim series. 

In a nutshell, for those of you familiar with the squad, it won't be quite as hard as a Wednesday "Red Mist" session, but will contain a lot more variety, including some fun races and challenges in the latter 10-15 minutes.

A warm welcome from the Swim Smooth Perth Squad to those of you who are new to the squad with the inclusion of this new session!

Here are some important points if you will be joining us this Saturday:

  • the session will commence at 5.30am and run until 7am each Saturday, starting Saturday 7th April and running for 8 weeks as a trial period until Saturday 26th May
  • if interest is deemed viable by the pool, we hope to be able to continue to offer the session going forth, possibly with an extension to 2 hours (originally speculated as 5am to 7am)
  • we will be using lanes 1 to 4 from the shallow end of the 50m pool at Claremont for these sessions (this is the other side of the pool closest to reception for your reference)
  • the session for the first 2 weeks filled completely within less than 36 hours of announcing it - whoop!
  • we are now taking a wait list for these sessions, so there is still the chance to get in, but you need to ensure you are registered to the wait list via the app
  • if you have a spot but cannot attend, please cancel up to 5.30pm on the Friday evening before to release your spot to someone on the wait list and avoid being charged for your place
  • you will need a valid credits in your account to attend - to top-up, please use the "Buy Services" option in the app or use this link
  • if you complete 4 or more of the 8 sessions on offer in this trial period, you will be offered one of the inaugural permanent spots in this squad going forwards (like gold dust!) so please ensure you are registered for the tail-end of the trial period also to avoid missing out!
  • if you are brand new to the squad, please email back with your CSS pace (average pace per 100m for a 1500m swim or details at so we can better allocate your lanes
  • you will need to bring: 1) fins; 2) pull buoy; 3) paddles; 4) a sense of humour and that famous digger spirit!

See you on Saturday!

You can be assured of a well tailored, individual approach to your swimming with any of our squad sessions, delivered in a fun and supportive environment!