Training Zone

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Training Zone

Signed up for your Swimathon 2020 challenge but not sure where to start with your training? Our training zone is designed to make sure that by the time event day comes around you’re in the best possible shape for your swim!

Meet Jolyon Finck - Team GB Olympic Swimming Coach

Over the course of his 20-year swimming coaching career, Jolyon has tutored swimmers ranging from beginners and LTS Mini Squad Swimmers through to elite international performers.  

With plenty of swimming qualifications and degrees in Anatomical Science, Education and Sports Performance Management, Jolyon brings a unique quotient of both art and science to his pool side skills. 

Perfect your swimming technique with Jolyon Finck's technique tips for breaststroke, freestyle and backstroke.

Meet Duncan Goodhew - Olympic Gold Medallist 

Duncan is a champion swimmer and British sporting hero. He won an Olympic Gold medal for the 100m breaststroke at the 1980 Moscow games, where he also won a bronze relay medal. Since then Duncan has been focused on helping more people to take up swimming. 

Start your training right with these top training tips from Swimathon President and Olympic gold medalist swimmer, Duncan Goodhew.

Training Plans

Check out our 10 week training plans, which have been written personally by Jolyon Finck, Swimathon Head Coach.

These are designed to equip you with the skills, confidence and adequate fitness levels to tackle your swim. If you follow the plan applicable to your challenge distance, then you’ll be more than ready for your swim!

These plans contain something for every ability with beginner, intermediate and advanced plans available.


Swimming three 5k Swimathon Challenges across the Swimathon event period would be a fantastic achievement! Below are some tips and ideas from Team GB coach Jolyon Finck to help those people who are looking to complete the Swimathon Triple 5k.


Check out our Swimathon videos with top tips from Olympians Duncan Goodhew and Mark Foster, Swim England and Zoggs.

Top Tips from Swim England

1. Technique

How to swim in a straight line

Tips for learning the four swimming strokes

2. Training and Exercises

A quick guide to stretching and warming up

Swim and gym exercise for toning your legs

Swim and gym routine to exercise back and biceps