Ironman/70.3 Cairns Swim Program

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Welcome to Swimfit!

My name is Irene, or Coach Irene for you really :)


I have been a swimmer all my life and after moving to Australia from the cold Netherlands it was a natural move for me to get into ocean swimming and triathlons. Training outside in beautiful Far North Queensland is really what drew me in.


Of course there was the slight issue of not being a great runner and cyclist, but with the help of an awesome coach I tackled these issues and completed the Cairns 70.3 in 2014 and 2015.


Especially the first one was a very new and special experience for me, and with the help of my coach and team buddies I loved every second of it. The tears ran down my face when I crossed the finish line, I just could not believe I was capable of finishing a massive race like the Cairns 70.3!

Getting involved in the world of triathlons I had more and more people ask me if I could help them with their swimming. 'You make it look so easy and effortless, I want to swim like that. Could you please help me?'. Of course I can!

I noticed that the sport of triathlon presents a challenge for most adults getting into it, they have never learned how to properly swim freestyle. Besides the school swimming lessons years and years ago, they had never learned this skill which is pretty necessary to complete a triathlon of any size.

So back in 2015 I started Swimfit with the goal to help as many adults on their journey to complete a triathlon and master the art of freestyle along to get there.

Over the last 5+ years I have coached 100's of people to finish their first triathlon, Ironman, 70.3 or Ocean Swim.


Every person is different but I have learned along the way that there is a few basic fundamentals that, if performed correctly, quickly help you to become an efficient swimmer.

If this sounds like something you need to know more about, this is the program for you my friend!


"An enormous PB for me!"

Words from Clare Z.

2020 Swimfit Ironman Program Participant

"I've always trained for swimming on my own, having tried a few swim programs in the past, paid a fortune, and simply been given an enormous list of generic drills and over-complicated technical things to work on - as an age group triathlete aiming for open-water swims, this wasn't for me.


I decided to join a non-committal, once-off Swimfit session with Irene, and was immediately impressed with the way she tailored her advice to each individual (even in group sessions!), explained the purpose of each drill (no more time-wasting drills!), and gave simple, fundamental advice to fix swim stroke with maximum yield (thank goodness for only having to remember 1 thing at a time while swimming!!).


I went from smashing myself in the pool and standing still with my swim times (approx 40mins for the 70.3 distance) to swimming smoother, stronger and more in control of my swim - in the space of 3 months, Irene took me to a 34min swim at Geelong 70.3 last year, which was an enormous PB for me!


I cannot speak highly enough of her passion, professionalism, approachability and knowledge, particularly with open-water swimming. She has literally changed the game of swimming for me and I am so grateful." 

Palm cove or Online


Beginner / Intermediate

3 Weekly Training Sessions

3 Video Analysis Sessions

Personal Coaching Support

$499 one off payment

Start 18 January 2021

20-Weeks Ironman/70.3 Cairns Program

Imagine standing on the start line of the Cairns Ironman or 70.3 and feeling excited about the swim... And even better, imagine coming out of the swim feeling amazing and ready to smash your ride and run!

I am looking for 20 people who feel sick & tired of stressing out about the swim leg of the Ironman and are ready to make a change!

You might have done the Ironman or 70.3 distance before or maybe you've signed up for your first ever long distance triathlon race, this program if open for anyone with the right attitude.


If you feel stressed just thinking about jumping in the ocean with thousands of others this is the program for you.

The Ironman/70.3 Swim Program includes

  • 3 Video Analysis' of your stroke (face to face in Palm Cove or Online)

  • Personalised drills and focus points to improve your stroke

  • 3 Personalised Weekly Training Sessions to do in your own time

  • 2 Private Progress Calls

All this for only $499!

This Ironman Swim Program will give you the confidence to enjoy the Ironman or 70.3 swim and have a great ride and run after.


"I again feel confident in my swim abilities"

Words from Muriel S.

2020 Swimfit Ironman Program Participant

"The last time I competed in a long course Triathlon event was more than 25 years ago. A major karate injury sidelined me for many years and progress back to normal running took a long time. Slowly, but surely, I got my running Mojo back. Cycling and swimming were my next targets.


Each year I would watch the Cairns Ironman and decided that participation in the local 70.3 event would be a worthy goal to work towards. 


I signed up to the Ironman program with coach Irene at Swimfit for life, to bring form and distance back to my swimming. The Swimfit program was balanced, challenging and motivating. The video analysis a great idea.


I also made a pledge to participate in the regular Swimfit group at Palm Cove which I enjoy immensely. The other swimmers in the group were positive, supportive and endearing.


Coronavirus swept into 2020 and I made the decision to defer my Ironman 70.3 until 2021 for personal safety reasons.


I highly recommend Coach Irene and her Swimfit Ironman swim program.


I again feel confident in my swim abilities and as long as I continue to do the work, when race day comes around, I know I will be the best I can be.


Thanks Irene"

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Contact Me

Port Douglas & Palm Cove  |  0428 875 275

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