“I’d love to do a triathlon, but I can’t swim!”

PoolGroupSwimWe hear this all the time and know how you feel.  You can swim..sort of… but you can’t do continuous laps with any great skill.  Perhaps you have enjoyed the ocean for play, but haven’t done any distance swimming.  Somehow, you are lured by the challenge and excitement of triathlon.  We are here to help!

We think everyone can enjoy swimming for triathlon and beyond.  Swimming is a sport you can enjoy for a lifetime.  It is perfect cross-training and uses most every muscle in the body.  Once you learn to swim well, you can modify your swims for gentle recovery or high-intensity fitness training.  Living in Southern California, there are hundreds of pools and gorgeous beaches where we can swim year-round. What a treasure! Take advantage of the pristine open water options and explore a whole new world of local, low-cost, lifetime fun for yourself.

TriLaVie & Swim Velocity are partner programs founded by coach Martha Szufnarowski to meet the needs of swimmers in the pool, lakes and the ocean.  While TriLaVie focuses on women and triathlon training, Swim Velocity is a co-ed program geared to all levels of swimmers providing lessons, personal coaching and group training experiences throughout the year at local venues.

TriLaVie & Swim Velocity athletes train for a wide-range of competitions in addition to triathlons such as open water events and swim meets.  The swim is a component of an exciting new field of multi-sport events such as Aquathlons (swim + run) Ocean Festivals (sand run + swim + paddle board + surf!), rough water swims in exotic locations and so much more!


TriLaVie & Swim Velocity coaches utilize specialized techniques to meet the unique needs of adult swimmers.  Most of our swimmers are highly motivated but require basic skills to improve swimming style and endurance.  Our coaches focus on personalized programs of instruction and drills to bring about the most improvement in performance in a short time.  Through a combination of breathing, form and endurance training techniques, swimmers progress quickly toward their goals.  TriLaVie & Swim Velocity coaches are certified lifeguards, swim instructors and coaches with current CPR/FirstAid training.  TriLaVie & Swim Velocity hold accreditations from the American Swimming Coaches Association (ASCA), US Masters Swimming Association (USMA), United States of America Triathlon (USAT) and the American Red Cross (ARC).


TriLaVie swim programs are offered at various locations including local pools, lakes, bays and surf-lined beaches.  The open water swim locations are chosen to meet the goals of the athletes depending upon the type of event you choose.  There is a perfect swim location for each level of swimmer in Orange County.


  • Personal Coaching
  • Clinics
  • Group Training

TriLaVie & Swim Velocity offer programs to help you improve your swimming and are good for people at all levels of fitness.

Personal Coaching

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  • One-on-One training with a coach who will work with you personally to develop or correct your form, technique, endurance and speed.
  • Video-taped sessions with coach consultation to assess current swimming form and document improvements.
  • Training plans personalized to meet your goals for fitness or competitions .
  • To schedule personal coaching, we invite you to tell us about yourself and your goals on our brief Athlete Questionnaire! Submit the form and a coach will contact you shortly to review your options. We’d love to hear from you!


  • Swim clinics are conducted at pools, lakes and the ocean throughout the year for triathlon preparation.Kelli and Son 2012 website
  • Expert coaches and swim support-specialists conduct clinics on a wide-range of topics including basic swim skills, open water swim basics, triathlon swim clinics for beginners, etc.
  • Clinics can be as brief as a couple of hours to as comprehensive as a couple of days.
  • TriLaVie Clinics are offered throughout the year.
  • Receive invitations to upcoming clinics by Joining Our Mailing List.

Group Training

  • Coached group swims for all levels of swimmers with a variety of training to support different goals.
  • Multiple sessions weekly offered at various times from before sunrise to after sunset.
  • Coached sessions focus on interval training mixed with drills for skill development.
  • The ultimate goal is to improve your fitness, swim skills, endurance and speed.
  • Train for a particular race or just enjoy the group experience to keep you motivated and inspired.
  • Swim programs are offered throughout the year at various locations.


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Coached Pool Swims for Triathlon Preparation: Group Swim Training for Triathlon by Swim Velocity includes freestyle swim development in a group setting led by a professional triathlon and/or swim coach. Sessions will focus on building distance and endurance through longer sets at variable intensities.

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