welcome to swim smooth san diego

The Best Swim Coaching Platform You Will Ever Experience



Coming Soon

Swim Smooth Certified Coaches Lance Ogren and John Chipponeri are very excited to announce a special 2-day weekend swim camp in Bay Area.

The course features full video analysis and stroke correction to develop your freestyle technique, key training principles to maximize your fitness gains and development of critical open water skills to transfer your pool swimming ability across to the open water.


includes Finis Tempo Trainer Pro. Don't miss out!


  • Individual HD Video Capture and Analysis
  • Critical Swim Speed (CSS) / Breathing & Alignment Drills
  • Key Stroke Correction Drills
  • Critical Open Water Skills
  • Practice Key Stroke Correction Drills
  • Practice Critical Open water Skills


  • Beach Warm-up / Beach Entry and Exit Strategies
  • Open Water Swim / Sighting / Turns
  • What makes an efficient Freestyle?
  • Intro to the Swim Smooth Guru
  • Use of FINIS Tempo Trainer for CSS Training
  • Technique / CSS Squad Training Session

Swim Smooth is the world's leading swim coaching company, giving you simple and straightforward steps to become a more efficient swimmer.

Swim Smooth is an innovative organization devoted to all levels of triathletes and open water swimmers.

Whether you're a beginner looking to development your freestyle technique,  an intermediate triathlete who wants to develop their stroke technique, or an advanced swimmer looking to excel further by fining tuning your stroke and swim specific fitness, Swim Smooth is for you.

our philosophy

We Promise You...


Simple and straightforward coaching to make you a more efficient and faster swimmer.


A truly individual approach focused on your individual needs.


Amazingly effective results for all levels of swimmer from beginner to elite competitor.

our philosophy is about...

We don't coach a 'One Way Only' approach to swimming. Your ideal stroke technique is different from another person's. We identify your individual needs and how best to develop and improve your stroke to suit you. We will do this for you whatever your experience, whatever your skill level, whatever your body type.

We believe that technique stroke work is very important to your swim speed. But we also believe that most swimmers need to include fitness training to improve. Why? It's a harsh reality. If you only work on technique you'll improve but then hit a plateau. The swimmers who keep improving and become faster and faster strike the right balance of fitness and technique training.

Our coaching philosophy is based around a simple but very powerful principle: Cause And Effect.

Get to the bottom of what's holding you back and everything will start to fall into place. Every problem with your stroke has an underlying cause. Very often this is another aspect of your stroke which you are not aware of because it seems to be unrelated. For instance, problems taking on water when you breathe are often caused by your stroke timing, not your breathing itself. Kicking too hard and burning a lot of energy (and oxygen) is normally caused by a poor catch and feel at the front of your stroke. You've probably been told so many things about how to swim well and what you're doing wrong in your stroke. We'll cut out the clutter and get your focused on the root of your stroke technique issues. When you do that everything will start to fall into place. Simple. Straightforward.

Meet Your Personal Swim Smooth Coach John Chipponeri

As the first Swim Smooth Certified coach in California, John is pumped up to bring the professionalism and passion of Swim Smooth to San Diego.

John discovered Swim Smooth in 2013 during a 4-year corporate assignment in Perth, Australia.  Already in the swim coaching business, John quickly identified the unique, passionate, and effective methods of Swim Smooth.  His pursuit of stroke efficiency has helped him overcome his Overglider tendencies and to successfully train for and complete the 20km Rottnest channel swim in 2016 in just over 6-hours.

Along with his Swim Smooth Coaching Certification, John is passionate about putting his long history of coaching and competing in a variety sports, including 15 years as a triathlete and open water swimmer, into practice to inspire swimmers of all levels to enjoy swimming, be challenged, and become more efficient and faster swimmers.

John is also a USAT Youth and junior Certified Coach, Triathlon Australia Certified Coach, US Masters Certified Level 2 Swim Coach, and a TriDot triathlon coach.


We believe that every swimmer in our squad is an individual and should be treated as such

Our Swim Types coaching system recognises that we are all built differently, that we come from a wide range of swimming backgrounds and experiences and even varied personalities and learning styles. We're not all 6ft 6in tall with the wingspan of an albatross and a swimming resumé that might make even Phelps wince. Nor are we all training solely for pool swimming - which is VERY different from swimming well in the open water - so why should we all be coached in the same way? We shouldn't, and you won't. ​If you want the highest quality swim coaching known to fishkind and are serious about improving your enjoyment and swimming efficiency for whatever purpose, then Swim Smooth San Diego is for you!

We're Excited To Work With You!

Alongside our weekly squad sessions that cover your technique and training needs for triathlon, open water, or pool events, we offer our premium 1-2-1 Video Analysis and Stroke Correction Sessions for those requiring a extra attention for their stroke technique. Learn more about swim types here.

Wednesday:  Technique Endurance
533 Lomas Santa Fe Dr, Solana Beach, CA
SQUAD PRICING (Includes Facility Entry)
Drop-in Rate: $15
Intro Rate:   50% off of 5 sessions ($7/session)Use Coupon Code INTRO50
5 sessions:    $70 ($14/session) with 2 month expiry
10 sessions: $130 ($13/session) with a 4 month expiry
25 sessions: $300 ($12/session) with a 6 month expiry
50 sessions: $550 ($11/session) with a 6 month expiry
1-2-1 Video Analysis & Stroke Correction
Private Swim Instruction
Stroke Rate Ramp Testing
Critical Swim Speed (CSS) Testing
Monday & Tuesday
By Appointment Only
Solana Beach - Boys & Girls Club
APPOINTMENT PRICING (Includes Facility Entry)
1-2-1 Video Analysis & Stroke Correction with Head Coach, John Chipponeri are $200 (90 min).
Private Instruction and Adult Learn to Swim is $100 (60 min).
> 4 Sessions Adult Learn to Swim for $350
> 5 Sessions Adult Learn to Swim (and Train) for $425. 
Stroke Rate Ramp Testing is $100 (60 min)
CSS Testing & Training is $100 (60 min)
Swim Smooth San Diego offers freestyle swim coaching for adults between the ages of 18 and 80+, from the total beginner to the professional triathlete to the Catalina Channel Open Water Swimmer, all within our uniquely supportive environment at Solana Beach Boys & Girls Club

Contact Us Anytime!

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