one to one sessions helping you achieve your open water goals
OPEN WATER COACHING
One to one sessions helping you achieve your open water goals
Whether you have signed up for your very first swim event, are a seasoned triathlete or a social swimmer I can help you to improve your technique and confidence. Swimming in open water presents a different environment to the indoor pool or Lido. Shelving bottoms, deep water, varying depths and temperatures, weather, waves, underwater obstacles, weeds, fish/marine life, debris, and of course our overactive imaginations, can send even experienced indoor swimmers into a complete panic. I know from experience that when panic sets in, swimming tends to become erratic, or comes to a complete stop!
These one to one sessions are designed to help swimmers keen to improve their confidence and technique in the water, developing strategies to deal with changing conditions and looking at ways to improve our swimming stroke. Whether your goal is to go faster, be more efficient or reach your swimming 'zen' I offer hour-long coaching sessions to help you improve. I hold the STA Award in Open Water Swimming Coaching and did my training under the expert tuition of World Champion and Olympian Keri-Ann Payne. I am passionate about helping others on their swimming journey and teach swimming at all levels as well as coach in Open Water.
At present, I am only able to offer these in the South Coast of England, Hampshire/Dorset border, sessions are likely to be sea-based (exact locations always depend on the tide and weather conditions on the day). Please see my dates/locations, or drop me a line.
WHATS NOT INCLUDED
FOOD / SNACKS
IN WATER PHOTOGRAPHY
WHAT DO I NEED TO BRING?
It is entirely up to you what you want to bring along, this list is a suggestion.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Where will we swim?
Where we go is entirely dependant on the weather conditions both in the mountains and at the coast on the day. The decisions on where to go are made on the day and based on the weather and our safety. In Snowdonia, we will plan to swim at Llyn Padarn, to begin with, and may move locations depending on your goals. In the South Coast will we be swimming in the sea at various beaches on the Hampshire/Dorset border.
How far will we swim?
Some sessions may be about swimming distances and these will be specific to yourself. We will discuss everything before the first session so you feel at ease and are ready to start your sessions.
Do I have to wear a wetsuit?
I would advise that you come to the coaching sessions with simular or the same kit that you want to swim your swim event in or if you are a social swimmer your usual swimming kit.
I want to travel on public transport, is this ok?
Of course, I will arrange with you beforehand where we will meet and you can make your travel arrangements. I am always keen to minimise our impact on our environment and actively encourage lift sharing where possible.
I don't have an event booked, can I come along?
The coaching sessions are tailored to you and your swimming goals, so don't feel this is something only triathletes do or seasoned swimmers. Everyone is welcome at any point in their swimming journey.
I have a friend/group of friends who want to come along too?
I can work with groups however the coaching time you individually recieve will be less. Groups also require additional safety cover so the costs will reflect this. Contact me for more details.
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, and Open Water Swimming Coach, I hold Emergency First Aid in the Outdoors, RLSS Open Water Lifeguard, RLSS Water Safety Management Level 1-3, STA Level 2 Swimming Teacher Award and Certificate, and have more than 10 previous years experience lifesaving in swimming pools.