Swim Smooth Evolution

4 day clinic with fiona ford

Join us at our Swim Smooth Evolution retreat with Fiona Ford, ex-pro triathlete, Swim Smooth coach, sports nutritionist, and uniquely qualified guest coach. This 4 day clinic is highly individualised, technically coached and feedback driven to provide you with personalised strategies to apply to your stroke mechanics and improve your efficiency in the water.

Fiona's coaching style is super simple and straightforward, breaking down the complex into understandable elements relevant to your stroke, to make you a faster and more efficient swimmer. If you have struggled to transfer your pool speed to open water, Fiona will show you the drills and techniques to help you improve, and more importantly, explain why practicing drills in a particular way is specific to your individual stroke helping you  to swim faster, for longer.

Unlock your potential during 1-1 video assessments, small group coaching and exploration swims in our beautiful and easily accessible corner of France. Our 27 acre estate provides the setting for you to relax, engage in thought-provoking seminars and socialise with like-minded individuals, whilst enjoying nutritious food and drink.

WHATS INCLUDED

HASSLE-FREE, PERSONALISED RETREATS WITH

options to tailor your weekend

£875 per person, sharing

Includes

Swim program, featuring:
  • Personal video analysis, 1-1 and small group coaching, indoors and outdoors
  • Exploration swims, taking in the wonders of the Mayenne
  • Ready access to our amazing facilities, all on-site, including our 25m heated outdoor pool, performance gym and running trail
Informative seminar program
Luxurious en-suite accommodation
All food and drink, including 3 meals per day and limited alcohol

sole occupancy supplement £250

STUNNING VENUE

Our gorgeous Chateau, with luxury, boutique style accommodation, superb sports facilities, and welcoming social areas is set in 9 hectares of beautiful woodland grounds. Referenced in Times Top 20 Chateaux, it combines period refinement with modern convenience.

INSIGHTFUL coaching

Fiona’s clinics are highly individualised, technically coached and feedback driven, providing you with strategies to apply to your stroke, improving your efficiency. Swim Smooth's stroke correction analysis provides the opportunity to have your stroke filmed from all angles in super-clear, high definition footage. Fiona improves your swim efficiency, exploring your breathing, body position, rotation and finer details of the catch and pull to improve propulsion with less effort.

Proven methods

A full Swim Smooth video analysis involves filming and analysing a swimmer from all angles.  Fiona summarises your analysis with key elements for improving your swim efficiency and speed based on your goals, whether they be a triathlon, open water swimming or simply to understand how to be efficient and faster from season to season. 

DELICIOUS FOOD

All meals and snacks are provided. Our eye-catching meals are designed to support your active lifestyle but also to be tasty and excite. Snacks are available for the times in between. And homemade energy bars are available for those longer efforts.

PERIOD LUXURY

Individually designed en-suite bedrooms, stunning renovated sitting rooms and cosy reading areas inspire and relax whilst staying true to the Chateau's heritage.

follow through

You will receive a follow-up swim improvement pack containing sessions to work through for 8-12 weeks, your recorded video analysis and footage to take away after the clinic, to further your improvement after you leave the retreat. There is no need to make lists or notes as the analysis is recorded for you, including the comparative analysis to elite swimmers and triathletes for powerful visualisation and clarification of optimal and efficient technique!

EXPERT TEAM

Professional swimming coaches - with a successful race background - are complemented by degree qualified sports scientists and leading therapists to cater for your every need. Personal service in an enjoyable, relaxing group environment. Approximately 1:3, staffing:guests, ratio.

QUALITY LOCATION

Easily accessible from the UK and Europe, yet peaceful and uncrowded. Our wonderful corner of the Loire, where strong historical connection merges into the tranquil beauty of the Mayenne and the vibrant French chic of the local shops and spas sits alongside a genuine, unspoilt French community.

SAMPLE ITINERARY

Everything’s optional, enjoy your time with us.

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TimeActivity
18.30Familiarisation Tour
20.00Welcome Dinner
TimeActivity
08.00Breakfast
09.30Pool Based Swim
11.00-15.001-1 Swim Assessments
12.30Lunch
TimeActivity
15.00Lake Swim (wetsuits optional)
17.30Yoga
19.00Seminar
20.00Dinner
TimeActivity
08.00Breakfast
09.30Open Water Swim (wetsuits optional)
11.30-15.001-1 Video Assessments
11.30-17.30Sports Science Assessments
12.30Lunch
TimeActivity
14.00-18.00Personal Massage
15.30-19.30Small Group Pool Sessions
18.30Yoga
19.30Pre-Dinner Drinks
20.00Dinner
TimeActivity
06.00-10.00Sports Science Assessments
08.00Breakfast
10.00Open Water Swim (wetsuits optional)
TimeActivity
12.30Lunch
14.00Depart

UPCOMING RETREATS

Swim Well

31st March - 3rd April 2022 | 3 night / 4 days

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Assumes 2 guests sharing twin or double room. Single room supplement £250.

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Swim Smooth Evolution

18th - 21st June 2022 | Long weekend

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Swim Well

15th - 18th October 2022 | 3 night / 4 days

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THE VENUE

Chateau de la Motte Henry is a beautiful, 19th Century Chateau set in over 9 hectares of glorious parkland in the Pays de la Loire. Easy to get to from the UK and mainland Europe, the Chateau is equipped with first class health, fitness and leisure facilities to allow guests to relax and reenergise. The spacious accommodation remains true to the Chateau’s heritage, updated for modern convenience.

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HEALTHY, NUTRITIOUS FOOD

LOVINGLY PREPARED

Our nutritionist and chef have designed an eye-catching, delicious menu, founded in local, organic produce. We serve the highest quality, locally produced organic food to produce an energising and detoxifying menu throughout your stay. Vegetarians and vegans catered for.

SAMPLE MENU

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BREAKFAST

Homemade cinnamon and Granola

Seasonal fresh fruit

Frittata

Chia and berry breakfast pots

Green machine smoothie

Fresh orange and apple juice

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LUNCH

Wasabi salmon skewers

Sweet potato falafels

Carrot, orange and cashew salad

Herbed bean salad

Quinoa and tzatziki salad

Mixed leaf salad with lemon dressing

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DINNER

Mushroom soup with parsley and garlic

Homemade buckwheat bread

Mozzarella chicken protein pack

Seasonal vegetables

Black rice pudding

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