Skill Academy and Workshops 

Craven Complete Skills Academy and Workshops

How do the pro’s and age groupers make it look so easy?

Good form (enabling efficiency and performance) comes with good technique.  This is a skill which can be worked on and improved – but then also needs maintaining.


Craven Complete coaching specialise in the sport of Triathlon offering sessions in its individual disciplines (Swimming, cycling and running).  We coach the drills and skills that enable athletes of all abilities (novice to age-group) to be more efficient, increase endurance and improve performance. 

Whether you’re new to the sport or want to break into the age-group rankings; these sessions will help you develop what you need to succeed.


Swimming Academy – Pool & Open Water

Swimming is the most technical and feared discipline within triathlon.  Saying this, there are no ‘dark-arts’ related to mastering and becoming more proficient at it.  Correct coaching not only improves confidence and basic technique in those less experienced, but can also tweak the stroke of those more experienced to raise performance.

Craven complete coaching offers both pool and open-water based sessions.  We first concentrate on basic skills and technique to allow improved efficiency before developing performance and speed.


  • Indoor – Colwyn Bay Leisure centre, Colwyn Bay
  • Open water  – Llyn Padarn (Llanberis) or Alderford lake (Whitchurch)

Indoor Pool Courses:

We offer a variety of courses to help improve the technique and skills needed to gain efficiency and increased confidence and/or speed.
Our friendly coaches are also swimming teachers, and instruct in groups of 1 (coach) to 4 (swimmers) per lane so you get a personalised and friendly experience in a safe environmental.

Topics Covered:-

  • Breast stroke to front crawl 
  • front crawl breathing 
  • Body Position
  • Kick
  • Race day techniques :- turns, racing starts, overtaking   

Open Water Courses:

Open-water  course includes a mixture of theory and practical and can be aimed at either a novice (complete newbies) or improver (wanting to improve and move up the pack) levels.

You will come away with knowledge of safe open water swimming as well as practical skills that increase confidence and performance.  Small groups with no more than 10 per group allow a personalised approach where we can still give some 1-2-1 advice.

What’s more, we also provide a hot drink and something to eat.

Topics Covered 

  • Cold water Acclimations 
  • getting in & out of a wetsuit 
  • sighting 
  •  Race day techniques:- buoy turns, racing starts, aussie starts 

We also provide 1-2-1 session.

Please feel free to contact us.

Course details are on our event page or contact us to register interest.

Cycling Academy

Cycling is more than just jumping on your bike and riding into the sunrise. Grinding those pedals and fighting the bike makes cycling hard work whereas smooth bike control with an efficient action makes it far easier and more efficient.

There is an element of skill and technique required to cycle efficiently and at speed. This starts with your position and extends to you being smooth and spinning your legs; with improvements offering improved safety, stability and efficiency as well as pure speed.



Craven Complete is one of the first to offer adult and youth cycle skill sessions at both a novice and improver level. Quality coaching to small groups (currently 8-10) offer a friendly and approachable way of coaching a client lead (we coach what you need to know) session that is also fun. Sessions are on average 60-90 minutes long.

Novice sessions concentrate:

  • Use of gears
  • general riding skills :- signalling, Cornering, road positioning (junctions & roundabouts) 
  • pace control with an element of increased pace and group riding skills to boost confidence.


Intermediate/Improver sessions concentrate:

  • Improve skill to a higher level
  • Pace control, Increasing efforts and moderate speed work and can offer Time Trial and Triathlon race practice


Getting into Clipless Pedals sessions aim towards moving from flat pedals into clipless (which can be scary, but very worthwhile). Clipless pedals increase efficiency and improve speed over longer rides
This course will teach you the skills needed to take this step as well as give you plenty of practice to move forward


Unleash your inner Tigger so you can release your inner ‘Mo) and start bounding your way towards the finish line. Running is more than just putting one foot in front of the other as fast as you can. It has its own set of skills and technique to produce an efficient action. Running with a tall and upright posture, controlling stride and cadence as well as appropriate pacing will go along way to making running a pleasure and achieving personal best times.

Our workshops and courses go through to analyse your current style, and then, if necessary; give you the drills and skills to progress and develop. You will soon be seeing those times drop!

Strength and Conditioning

Strength and conditioning are not just for power athletes and really should part of the programme of all athletes even in endurance sports like a triathlon. A good plan will help reduce injury risk as well as increase efficiency, offset fatigue and improve performance. It is also more than just pushing and pulling weights around with it having its own set of techniques and structure.

We offer 1:2:1 and small group training session in our clinic in North wales plus we can write bespoke package through training peaks 


And there is more!! 

While these are the main physical components of any training plan, there are several other areas that strongly contribute to its effect and performance.

These include

  • nutrition
  • Planning and structuring a regime,
  • Flexibility 
  • Mindfulness and race visualization session :- to help you see your goal 
  • Race event planning 


They won’t necessarily win you a race but they may potentially lose it for you.

Group workshops in these areas allow theoretical and practical instruction offering advice and guidance on how to improve your well-being, general training and performance.


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