• helping you meet your swimming goals


  • WHO I AM

    Kirsten Read | Competitive Swimmer | Certified Coach

    Swim Coach Kirsten Read Triathlon Training Clinics Private

    Kirsten Read

    USMS Levels 1 & 2 Certified Masters Coach

    I grew up age group swimming in western MA, eventually won HS state championships in 3 events as a sophomore and went on to swim and row at Brown University. I am now an avid open water swimmer.


    I have an M. Ed. and am a certified masters swim coach.
    I am excited about sharing my 10 years of open water expertise with anyone who would like to learn how to unlock their potential for swimming smarter and faster.

    I live in Kennebunk, Maine and swim for Great Bay Masters out of NH. I have won such races as Peaks to Portland and the Nubble Light Challenge.



    Follow @kgirlread


    coming up in 2018...

    Boston Harbor Islands SwimRun

    Cork Distance Week

    Peaks to Portland

    Casco Bay Islands SwimRun

    Bermuda Round the Sound 10k




    Bermuda Round the Sound 10k - 1st woman 40-59/8th OA

    Casco Bay Islands SwimRun - (SC) 2nd women's team/7th OA

    Peaks to Portland ME 2.4 mi - 2nd woman




    Casco Bay Islands SwimRun - 10 mi Run|4 mi Swim
    Peaks to Portland ME 2.4 mi - 2nd woman




    Bermuda Round the Sound 10k - 1st woman 40-59
    Swim for Life Provincetown - 1st woman, 2nd OA
    Sebago Lake 10-mile Crossing
    Misery Challenge 3 mile - 1st woman
    Kingdom Swim 6 mile - 1st woman (skin)
    Mashpee Super Swim 3 mile - 3rd woman




    FINA World Masters Champ Montreal - 3k OW - 4th 45-49

    USMS Lake Placid 2 mi Cable National Champ- 2nd 45-49


    Peaks to Portland ME 2.4 mile - 1st woman

    Nubble Light Challenge ME 2.4 mile - 1st woman

    Sharkfest Boston MA 1500 meter - 1st woman (tie)


    Bermuda Round the Sound 2k - 1st woman


    (shoulder surgery)


    2009-2010 FINA World Top 10 800, 1500 free
    NE Record, 800, 1500, 1650 free 40-44

    US Top 10 One Hour Postal Swim - 4830 yards

    Save the Bay RI 1.7 mile - 2nd woman

    Nubble Light Challenge ME 2.4 mile - 2nd woman


    Other Top Finishes

    Landshark Amesbury MA

    Great Chesapeake Bay Swim VA 4.4m

    Kingdom Swim VT 5k

    Salem MA Swim & Fin 1m, 3m Salem MA

    Wild Fish 1m 2 Bridges NY 2.5k

    Big Shoulders Chicago IL 5k

    Bermuda Round the Sound 2k, 4k, 7.5k

    Wayland MA 3m Merrimack River Lowell MA 2m

    KBIA Cove Kennebunk ME 1m

    Against the Tide Hopkinton MA 1m




    Private Pool Lessons Available in Portland (Westbrook)

    She Jams members receive extra 10% off




    Technique Only (30 mins):

    @1 -- $50

    @5 -- $45 ea

    @10 -- $40 ea

    video analysis free for package of 5 or 10 (@1 add $30)


    Technique, Pacing & Endurance (60 mins)

    @1 -- $95

    @5 -- $85 ea

    @10 -- $75 ea

    video analysis included in package of 5 or 10 (@1 add $30)


    *NEW* SMALL GROUP Workouts - Technique, Pacing & Endurance $16 each*

    (4-10 people - details below for PRC)



    you may share private rates with a friend or two


    à la carte SERVICES:

    Virtual Coaching/Customized written workouts (& pertinent emails/links)

    Send me video footage for analysis: $30

    4 custom workouts = $30

    8 custom workouts = $60

    12 custom workouts = $90


    Maintenance Plans:

    customized workouts + periodic check-in privates (take $10 off)


    Packages are good for one year from date of purchase.

    At least 24 hours' notice must be given for cancellations.




    This is a customized, coached, affordable small-group one-hour workout (1 to 2 lanes) for swimmers of similar speed, organized by me. It is a combination of a private session and a macro coached workout -- so you will get a customized workout and technique attention from me and a unique opportunity to use different pacing strategies to work on improving your speed and endurance -- the pace clock, swimmers at your pace, and slightly faster swimmers. Plus, swimming in a group is fun and social!

    EMAIL ME to get on roster for your pace group - Kgirlread@gmail.com




    Customized small-group Technique & Pacing Instruction

    Triathlon Swim Training Maine Kirsten Read KGR Coach

    PRC Workouts

    4-7 similarly paced swimmers: a combination of a private session & a macro coached workout -- so you will get a customized workout and technique attention from me. It's a unique opportunity to learn different pacing strategies to work on improving your speed and endurance (the pace clock, swimmers at your pace, and slightly faster swimmers). Plus, it will be fun! Email me to get on the Roster. Will need your 100 yard pace approximation to designate your Group. Workouts for each pace group individually scheduled.



    JULY 9 2017 10:30 SWIMRUN Kettle Cove - 1 spot

    JULY 9 2017 12:00 SWIM Kettle Cove - Available


    JUNE 11 2017 7:30 Crystal Lake

    JUNE 11 2017 9:00 Crystal Lake


    JUNE 3 2017 7:30 Crystal Lake SOLD OUT

    JUNE 3 2017 9:00 Crystal Lake SOLD OUT


    Pond, Lake or Ocean

    4 to 10 people. $20 - 30 per person.






    SUN June 12, 8 AM CRYSTAL LAKE


    SUN June 12, 9:30 AM CRYSTAL


    SAT June 18, 7:00 AM CRYSTAL


    SAT June 18, 8:30 AM CRYSTAL




    WED June 22, 6PM CRYSTAL


    SUN June 26 8:30 AM CRYSTAL


    SAT July 2 7:45 AM CRYSTAL




    4 $30 pp
    5-6 $25 pp
    7-12 $20 pp

    If you and friends want to keep a group small, just let me know and we can cap it.



    Pond, Lake or Ocean

    4 to 10 people. $20 - 30 per person.




    Contact me to discuss setting something up in your area with your group or team.


    Video Analysis FREE when at least 3 Lessons booked with Kirsten.  If just one lesson video $30 extra.

    We will identify key areas needing improvement and appropriate strategies for correction.

    Above Water Video

    What a coach can see from deck:  Basic stroke technique, rotation, entry, catch, timing.

    Underwater Video

    Impossible to see from deck and the most important part of the stroke:  The Pull, coupled with rotation and kick.

    Side by Side Comps

    Crossing Over? Pulling with straight arm?   Find out what your entry or catch looks like compared to what it should look like.

    The Pull

    Are you pulling with a straight arm or a 90 degree elbow?  Are elbows or wrists dropping?

    First Lesson BEFORE

    Issues with timing, balance, over-rotation, and breathing.

    First Lesson AFTER

    In one hour, this client has mastered the drills given and has gained power, balance, timing and momentum. This result is nothing short of remarkable!


    Reviews: what clients are saying about their experiences working with me

    I’ve had the chance to swim and work with Kirsten over the past 3 years as she’s developed her KGR swim program. As a lifelong competitive swimmer who now competes as an elite triathlete I’ve seen a gamut of coaches and methodologies. The foundation of what you should look for is always the same — someone with years of experience in the sport and someone who cares deeply about the people they work with. There are a lot of games in town and I always tell perspective athletes to do their homework. Good coaches aren’t born out of thin air, they develop just like athletes, so my suggestion is find someone who can walk the talk. Kirsten does just that. Her stroke analysis is on par with leading coaches in the world and she helped me refine and fix flaws in my stroke that had been the result of bad habits over 20 years. Whether you’re suffering from adult onset swimming disorder or at the top of your field, her expertise will make you a better swimmer. I currently work for Purple Patch Fitness under Matt Dixon and have had the chance to speak and work with professionals such as Gerry Rodrigues and Paul Newsome, of the now famous Swim Smooth. Kirsten uses the same methodologies that are at the leading edge of swimming mechanics and efficiency. I couldn’t endorse her more strongly as a coach, or human being.
    -Matthew Hurley

    I sought out a swim coach after signing up for a 10K OWS and realizing my strokes and speed were not improving through my local Master’s swim program. The classes had over 30 swimmers, usually 6+ swimmers to a lane, and I needed more personalized training. Kirsten came recommended by a friend in the long-distance swim community, and responded almost immediately to my request for information. Down to earth and extremely easy to talk to, she was open to working with me virtually as we live about 100 miles from each other. Kirsten provides several workouts a week as well as helpful links to swim videos that demonstrate proper form. She recently analyzed a short video I took of myself swimming, and then illustrated, by frame, what I was doing well and what I needed to work on. What an eye opener! Though I have been swimming for over 20 years, this is the first time I’ve been able to actually “see” my strokes.


    One thing I love about working with Kirsten is that the workouts she designs are a collaboration of her expertise and my needs as a developing long-distance swimmer. I am very data-driven, and through the use of Garmin Connect I can upload my workouts for Kirsten to review and adjust the intervals in my workouts as needed. She is able to translate what you are looking for into technique drills and intervals designed to help get you to where you want to be. Example? After only 6 virtual workouts and adjusting my catch, I was able to shave 13 seconds off of my 1-mile pace. Six months from now I can’t wait to see where I am!


    I had the pleasure of meeting Kirsten at an OWS event in MA about a month after I started working with her and she is without a doubt one of the nicest people you will come across. If you are able to self-motivate and are looking for someone to take you to the next level, I highly recommend contacting her!

    -Naomi Fisher

    I started swimming in my mid forties after deciding to take up triathlon. There are a hundred ways to invest in triathlon, which includes three sports. All the equipment and gadgets, each with various results. Magazines and media can add further confusion to the training process. After a couple years of going it alone with my swimming, I made an investment which has proved to be the most worthwhile one yet, coaching. Working with Kirsten provided immediate improvement to my technique and performance. Kirsten provides a positive atmosphere to learn what can be a challenging endeavor. Kirsten takes a genuine interest in the progress of her clients and engages as a partner in your swimming journey. If you are on the fence deciding whether to invest in swim coaching, don't be. You will be glad you did.
    -Curt Lebel

    Just finished a lake swim..my longest ever. feeling more skilled, more comfortable each time I get in the water with the one less-than-one-hour swim instruction from you beats all the private swim lessons and the swim clinic sessions combined...a year ago, even with all the St Joe's lessons and clinics, i did not look forward to swimming as much as i do now...because of the session with you! You have made the difference, gave me confidence, and skills to work on. I look forward to my swims now. thanks!
    -John Keller
    I absolutely enjoyed our lesson on Sunday. It was the most helpful information Ive ever been given regarding swimming, after trying off and on this past 3 years. I greatly appreciate your approach to teaching, and breaking down each aspect of the technique into manageable bite size pieces. I recognize I have a lot to work on, but it doesn't feel overwhelming, is feels like something I can really gain efficiency from...Thanks again for all the great feedback in your follow-up email and the videos are awesome!
    -Nick Mansperger


    Swimming is going great! Much less shoulder pain. Feel faster and stronger. Endurance is strong. Did 3500 yards yesterday in 1:09 and was not really trying to kill it. Best money I have spent is on you!

    - Bob Cundiff



    Thank you so much!! I cannot believe how much useful info you gave me in such a short period of time! It eclipsed the amount of info I've been given over the past 5 years by a hundred-fold.
    - Yvonne D.



    Thanks so much for all of the links. I have looked at all of them. Now - I just want to get back to the pool to try some more things. But more than the links, thanks for all your help, insights, and technique coaching. It is something I wanted for years, and was never in a place to be coached. I have had a chance to see a few coaches work with students. One of the reasons I wanted to work with you was because you always seemed to be much more involved, animated, and active when I saw you working with folks. And you were that way with me. Thanks much! It has really made a BIG difference.

    - Mike Lynch




    I have been an age group triathlete for twelve years but never really had any formal instruction. This year I decided to hire Kirsten Read to help me make some improvements as I train for my upcoming season. After spending twelve years figuring things out on my own (or not) Kirsten has helped me make substantial improvement in just a short time. She has breathed new life into my swim training and I am now heading to the pool with a renewed interest in swimming and the confidence that I can still improve!


    - Bob Turner, Owner, 207 Multisport, USAT Level 1 Certified Coach



    When I learned that my application had been accepted for the Tri-for-a-Cure, I panicked. Though I had a running and biking background, it had been years since I'd actually been in a pool. How very lucky I was to discover Kirsten and to have her as a guide as I, literally, jumped back into the water.


    Kirsten is the consummate teacher and coach. She listens, inspires, challenges, questions and encourages in the very best of ways. Like any excellent teacher, Kirsten cares about my experience, pays attention to my self-doubt and then knows how to push me past these limitations to try harder.


    Initially our lessons took the form of stroke analysis. Kirsten videotaped and watched me swim lap after lap offering suggestions, exercises and various swimming aids to help highlight our focus. After the lessons, she emailed the videos and offered a review of the salient points for my own practice. How helpful it was to have the tapes to return to and to record my progress over the arc of several weeks. Kirsten also has been instrumental in providing me with workout programs to develop my speed and stamina.


    Though the videotapes and swimming aids help to deepen my learning, it is truly Kirsten herself who inspires me to do better. I trust in her input and want to work harder as she is so committed to my improvement. She is curious, devoted, passionate and simply a wonderful teacher.

    - Carolyn Megan



    Kirsten has been the best swim coach. She has each lesson directed toward the things I need to work on and it's really fun. I have learned so much. I would highly recommend her for anyone looking to improve their stroke or even if you are new to swimming. Thanks Kirsten for all your help and for making it fun along the way.

    -Michelle Birkel


    Thanks for all your coaching advice! I dropped over 10 seconds on my 100 last night - which was very encouraging!
    -Sandy Fussell



    Kirsten is a skilled communicator. She gives constructive feedback and always checks in on how I feel when applying technique changes to make sure that I’m seeing and feeling improvements. After our session, she follows up with video evaluation and more helpful and positive feedback. I’m finally learning to love swimming. Thank you Kirsten.


    I just wanted to tell you all the great comments I have heard about our Sunday nights. You are doing a terrific job and how awesome to hear from the great swimmers, "I have had an ah-ha moment", "I am learning so much" and "what a great workout". I always thought that great swimmers didn't need to learn something new. I don't feel so alone being a relatively new swimmer.

    -Katie K


    Thank you Kirsten! This clinic was a great confidence booster for me. You are an amazing coach/instructor, your love of swimming came across in every class and definitely kept me motivated to push myself to get better every week.


    My husband is a little jealous of all the great information you gave us, I've tried to share some of it, but hey, I know he'll out run me so I need to keep a little edge on him in the water. :)

    -Tammy Ingalls


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    March 6, 2017 · Triathlon,Coaching,Swimming
    Take a Look at Your Freestyle Catch Self-awareness in swimming is a very good thing. How things look and feel and that connection can go a long way to self-correction. Lift your eyes (and not your head) to look at your hand as it enters the water and transitions from palm-down to palm-back. If...
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    THE PULL: ARM POSITION Swimmers are often confused about exactly where the arm is supposed to pull in the freestyle stroke. To add to the confusion, there isn't one correct position -- but there are definitely incorrect ones. I tell people that it's important to 1) attain a high elbow position...
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    Looking Back to Look Ahead Yesterday one of my swimmers said to me, "my goal this year is not to be as unprepared for Peaks to Portland as I was this year." This is a good start, but she needs a game plan. As race season comes to a close for many of us, it strikes me that it is a useful...
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    Session I: Technique pool training (Nov - Jan) coached by Laura Flewelling & Kirsten Read

    Westbrook Community Center - Thursdays 5:30 PM

    Greely HS pool, Cumberland - Sundays 4 & 5 PM


    Session II: Technique pool training (Jan - April) coached by Laura Flewelling & Kirsten Read

    Westbrook Community Center - Thursdays 5:30 PM

    Greely HS pool, Cumberland - Sundays 4 & 5 PM


    Session III: 12-Week Open Water Clinic in Southern Maine (Kennebunk area) (April - July)

    (you do not need to be a She Jams member to take my clinic)


    I look forward to discussing your unique goals.  Let's connect!



    Kirsten Read










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