I love the water. Pool, lake, sea, river, canal, lido. Any water. If it’s deep enough to swim in I’ll want to be in it. Swimming keeps me fit but more than that it lifts me. Being in water calms my often anxious mind and helps me to refocus on what is important in my life rather than what is demanding most of my attention and occupying my thoughts. Swimming in the fresh air in open water boosts my mood like nothing else can. I want everyone to feel like this and to love the water. Everyone should be able to say they’ve “Gone for a swim” and to take that swim wherever they want. If you can’t, I can help you.
I’ve swum recreationally since I was a child. I took up triathlon when I turned 40, discovered open water swimming and completed two half Ironman races (Barcelona and Hever Castle). I wasn’t particularly good at triathlon (except the swim leg!) and I was inevitably last overall but I learnt I was stronger than I thought and had the mental strength to just keep going even if it got tough. I also overcame a fear of finishing last and realised it’s not that bad - you get the biggest cheer! A serious back injury put an end to my triathlon attempts so I started focusing on swimming more and have found my happy place in swimming endurance events. I’m not fast but I have the physical and mental strength to just keep swimming whatever the distance. I’ve been lucky enough to swim some amazing events including the Dart 10k, Hever Castle 10k and the Jubilee River 10k.
Moving into something swimming related was therefore the obvious choice of career change when I was unexpectedly made redundant from a 30 year corporate career in banking. Swimming back then was just my hobby and my passion; my go-to activity to relieve the stress of long hours and City commuting. I knew when I was made redundant that I wanted to retrain to professionally help others to learn to swim and share my passion for being in and around water. I’ve helped many people over the years build their confidence in the pool or helped them overcome a fear of swimming in the sea or lake for the first time. Seeing someone smile with delight just for being in the water and asking when they can swim again fills me with joy. I’m lucky that I get to do this everyday now for my job. I’m living my best life doing what I love most and getting paid for it. Winning!
If you are looking for a coach or instructor to help you smash out personal bests every time you swim or to help you train to swim The Channel or to swim in extreme weather conditions - I am not the person for you (and I can happily refer you on to local coaches who can offer this). If, however, you want to learn to swim to learn a new skill; improve your technique; overcome a fear of water; overcome any anxiety around water; experience swimming outdoors safely; gain confidence to enable you to experience and enjoy a growing range of fun, water-based activities; to enter that swim event you’ve always wanted to try; to enter your first triathlon; or to simply swim happily on holiday - then I can help you in achieving that goal and will support you all of the way.
Life really is better when you are swimming. Let me show you how.