The South Coast's best Triathlon & Open Water Coaching

As a former Fully Certified Swim Smooth Coach with over 30 years swim coaching experience, I can offer you professional coaching for all of your Open Water Swimming and Triathlon training needs.

Please scroll down for more information on coaching sessions with me at Swim-Freestyle, or click the link below to contact me and book now. 

A little about me ...


Steve Bailey

  • British Triathlon Level 2 Coach

  • Former Certified Swim Smooth Coach

  • RLSS Open Water Lifeguard

    • (awaiting final assessment)

As a competitive open water swimmer, I have competed at all distances from Sprint to Ironman Triathlon, and 10k Swims, finishing in 4th place at Buttermere 10k, and 2nd out of the water at my first Ironman. Following extensive training and swim coaching experience with the Swim Smooth team based in Australia, I have a very keen eye for detail during stroke analysis & correction. I enjoy coaching swimmers of all abilities, and have worked with complete beginners to European & World Champions.  

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Coaching at Ellingham Lake

I am proud to offer my coaching services in the beautiful clear waters of Ellingham Lake.
These sessions are available during the lake opening time of:

Saturday's: 6:30 - 8:30am  
Wednesday's: 6:15 - 8:15am

I offer group and 1:1 sessions, where we can work on any element of open water swim training and racing, including stroke technique, breathing patterns, race starts, and swim exits & transitions. All abilities welcome from 'first time' Open Water swimmers to experienced swimmers & triathletes.
To give me the very best view of your swim stroke, I coach from a Standup Paddle Board along side you. However, I am happy to swim alongside you during the session, if you'd prefer. 

I use the latest technology in bone conduction headsets, which enables me to coach/talk to you as you swim to provide relevant stroke corrections without the need to stop or interrupt you swimming. One of the great advantages of this equipment is that it gives you, as the swimmer, the opportunity to recognise the changes as you make them, and how they feel compared to your previous stroke technique. 

Contact me for more details on cost of 1:1 sessions. 
Group session available on request, subject to Covid restrictions.  

Coaching at the River Hamble

I also coach at the River Hamble, offering the same sessions as at Ellingham Lake (see details above). These sessions are available 7 days a week, any time between 8:30am - 6:30pm; however they are dependant on optimal slack tide times, so best to contact us directly for availability.

Contact me for details on cost of 1:1 sessions.
Group session available on request, subject to Covid restrictions.  

Pool-based 1:1's at Wildern Leisure Centre

I offer 1:1 coached sessions at Wildern Leisure Centre, Hedge End. These sessions are available between 11am - 2pm Saturday's & Sunday's. 

Contact me for more details on cost of 1:1 sessions. 


Do get in touch, I'd love to hear from you!



07530 177980