GET CLOSER TO THE ZEN
Ok, so this is more swimming booties than any kind of military-style boot camp! It's aimed at anyone looking to swim front crawl in the outdoors, particularly if you find currently you are struggling with this stroke.
I often talk on my swimming sessions about the 'zen' I get from front crawl. For me, it's the moment when my breathing, arms and body are aligned. When my rotation feels perfect, when I have that cool abyss of nothingness below me, my rhythm just flows and my focus is well, in the here and now. I know that this has taken years to reach and I have to work hard to maintain it. If I don't stretch myself out, practice my stroke and constantly look to improve, it's harder to find and that doesn't feel so good.
I trained as an open water coach because I wanted to help others to feel the zen. I realise that we are all different and just because front crawl across a deep dark mountain lake is my place to feel good, your place may be a slightly different mix, but whatever our combination we all want to feel amazing, right? I am super keen to help you improve your open water swimming stroke to help you feel amazing in the water. This isn't about winning in your next triathlon or swimming event, this is about improving your swimming stroke to make you feel wonderful!
We will meet in Llanberis in Snowdonia National Park on the first morning and will be based at Llyn Padarn for the first day, we may visit a nearby lake for the second day depending on logistics and weather conditions.
WHAT WILL THE TWO DAYS BE LIKE?
WHAT DO I NEED TO BRING?
It is entirely up to you what you want to bring along, I always suggest on coaching sessions that you wear what you normally swim outdoors in, bringing along a brand new wetsuit when you normally swim in a bikini can throw in a whole host of other issues as can choosing to swim skins when you've always worn a full wetsuit. If you are at all worried about kit, please just drop me a line.
This is a suggested kit list
Waterproof trousers and jacket
Swimming Booties/Gloves (if required)
Towels / Robie / Dry Robe
Personal first aid kit/medication
Bag for wet kit
Rucksack/Bag to put everything in
WHERE TO STAY?
There is a full range of accommodation options in Snowdonia to suit every budget and taste.
The ones suggested below operate independently from me
GWESTY PLAS GOCH
TY'N RHOS COUNTRY HOUSE
- Sat, 18 JunLlanberis18 Jun 2022, 09:00 BST – 19 Jun 2022, 15:00 BSTLlanberis, Llanberis, Caernarfon LL55, UKNew for 2022, this is the first of three Front Crawl Boot Camps on offer this year. Join me for two days in the mountains of Snowdonia to hone your skills (no matter where they are at!) in Front Crawl and feel the meditative 'zen' that it can bring.
- Sat, 16 JulLlanberis16 Jul 2022, 09:00 BST – 17 Jul 2022, 15:00 BSTLlanberis, Llanberis, Caernarfon LL55, UKNew for 2022, this is the first of three Front Crawl Boot Camps on offer this year. Join me for two days in the mountains of Snowdonia to hone your skills (no matter where they are at!) in Front Crawl and feel the meditative 'zen' that it can bring.
- Sat, 20 AugLlanberis20 Aug 2022, 09:00 BST – 21 Aug 2022, 15:00 BSTLlanberis, Llanberis, Caernarfon LL55, UKNew for 2022, this is the first of three Front Crawl Boot Camps on offer this year. Join me for two days in the mountains of Snowdonia to hone your skills (no matter where they are at!) in Front Crawl and feel the meditative 'zen' that it can bring.
I am an artist, educator and outdoor swimmer. I spilt my time between the mountains of Snowdonia in North Wales where I have lived since 2002 and on the beautiful South Coast in the New Forest where I grew up. My project #swimsnowdonia was listed amongst 'The 10 most inspiring adventures' in The Guardian and has been the focus of several short films including a music video for the band Elbow. 'Afterglow' a short film about my passion for both my creativity and cold water swimming won Best Woman in Adventure Gold Award at Sheffield Adventure Film Festival., Best Short Film at The Four Season Film Festival and was recently selected for The Patagonia Film Festival in Santa Monica. I was included in the first San Miguel Rich List, 'a unique list of men and women who value experiences over any possession' and listed as one of Britains 101 Adventurers. I am currently featuring in an ITV documentary 'The Mountain ' which follows the lives of a selection of people who live and work on the busiest mountain in England and Wales, Snowdon.
I am a Qualified Teacher, Mountain Leader, Open Water Swimming Coach, RLSS Open Water Lifeguard, RYA Day Skipper and hold RYA Coastal Skipper/Yachtmaster Offshore Theory. I hold Emergency First Aid in the Outdoors, RLSS Water Safety Management Level 1-3, STA Level 2 Swimming Teacher Award and Certificate, I am an RLSS Trainer and have more than 10 previous years of experience lifesaving in swimming pools.
Photo © Jody Daunton