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ALL BEST Fest pool sessions will have coaches available to offer technique advice and structured training. Whether you want to improve your body position, breathing, kick or fitness, we’ve lined up some fantastic help!

Check out our schedule page for all session timings and don’t forget to sign up on arrival at BEST Fest 2019. All sessions also include un-coached ‘free swim’ lanes if you just want to do your own thing. Coached or un-coached, they’re all FREE TO BEST Fest entrants!

Meet your coaches…..

Nicola Bainbridge
Nicola is a UK based ASA Level 2 swimming teacher, pool and open water coach, currently studying for the Swim England Senior Coaches Certificate (formerly Level 3 Coach). She is also a Swim England/IOS tutor trainer for teaching, coaching and open water swimming qualifications. As an ex-junior, senior and masters competitive swimmer, Nicola enjoys working with swimmers of all ages and abilities to improve their skills and techniques to create good habits and long-term improvements.

Chris Greenhalgh
Chris is an ASA Level 2 qualified coach from West Suffolk Swimming Club. A Best Centre regular with a love for open water – having been a Regional open water champion and annual BEST Fest competitor – Chris has plenty of hands-on experience swimming with and coaching others. Part of the coaching team at the East Region open water talent camp for the last 2 years and close to completing his open water coaches course, his knowledge has been underpinned by exposure to a host of swimming and coaching legends during his time with the BEST Med team. So, you’re in great hands whether in our pool, or in the beautiful Mediterranean Sea.

Paul Newsome (Swim Smooth – Head Coach & Director, Australia)
Paul founded Swim Smooth in 2004 after an extensive racing and coaching background in swimming and triathlon. He now leads the coaching at Swim Smooth’s Australian base in Perth, WA, with a focus on technique, swim fitness and open water skills. Paul has been a stroke correction pioneer since 2000 and describes this as his passion and specialism – so he’s perfectly placed to help BEST Fest swimmers develop their training and racing abilities! Paul swam the English Channel in 2011 and won the prestigious 46km Manhattan Island Marathon Swim in 2013.

Adam Young (Swim Smooth – Head Coach & Director, UK)
A former age group triathlete and swimmer, Head Coach Adam Young became a partner in Swim Smooth in 2008 and heads up Swim Smooth’s coaching in the UK. Adam is the brains behind ‘Mr Smooth’ (see, most of what you see on Swim Smooths website and also the forthcoming Swim Smooth app! Adam is described as a reformed ‘Overglider’, so knows exactly what it takes to analyse and correct the technical elements of your stroke that will make the biggest difference to your efficiency and speed.

Alex Studzinski
Alex is a prolific, professional open water swimmer from Germany. With a CV that boasts podium places in races all over the World; from Waikiki to Lake Windermere; 1 mile to dozens of km’s; from the FINA Grand Prix series to the German National Champion title – he’s been there, done it and got the swim hat! He’s also been an Elite BEST Fester from the very beginning; always in the mix for the podium and an expert in measuring his effort to get the right result. Alex is the only person we know to have been ‘stung’ by a Sea Cucumber, but you’ll only hear about that by joining one of his sessions!

Beatrix Studzinski
Beatrix has an impressive pool swimming background at German National level, including multiple individual & relay team National titles and records. At her peak, she raced at the FINA World Cup and has also been successful at University and Masters level. A switch of focus to open water saw medals won at the Great Swim Series and Henley Swim (UK), Waikiki Rough Water Swim (Hawaii), BEST Fest (Mallorca!) and others. As one half of our dynamic German duo by being married to Alex, Beatrix (previously Beatrix Eisel) has a wonderful coaching manner that swimmers respond to and really benefit from.