one to one sessions developing your confidence swimming outdoors
WILD SWIM WATER CONFIDENCE
One to one sessions developing your confidence in swimming outdoors.
I don't hide that I was once petrified of fish! AND seaweed! It seriously limited what I could do in the water. I indeed developed my strategies to cope with these fairly irrational fears. l swam with my eyes closed because what you can't see can't hurt you right? That was until I hit another swimmer in the face. In the middle of a vast empty mountain lake, I bruised her cheekbone and pulled all the ligaments in my hand. For a swimmer who wasn't looking where they were going, I had developed a seriously powerful stroke. Around the same time I had started to take a camera in the water with me to capture all the beasties, I never saw a single fish let alone the Loch Ness Monster but it did lead to the photographic work I now do, so maybe being a bit scared of something isn't all that bad.
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. Many of these can send even experienced indoor swimmers into a complete panic.
These one to one sessions are designed to help those swimmers keen to improve their confidence in the water and develop ways to become less irrational with our fears.
Whether you have never swum outside before or just need help with understanding your fears for your next triathlon swim, I offer hour-long sessions focusing on improving your confidence in the water. At present, due to the current restrictions, 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.
Swim hat/woolly hat (may get wet)
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 and RYA Day Skipper. 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, STA Level 2 Award in Baby and Pre-School Aquatic Teaching, and have more than 10 previous years experience lifesaving in swimming pools.