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Have you always wanted to swim in open water but don't know where to start? Or are you keen to enter an event but feeling nervous? Then you've come to the right place! I am an open-water swim professional based at the South West Maritime Academy near Bristol, running regular group workshops, 1-2-1 coached sessions and training.


I began coaching because I wanted to share my love of swimming outdoors and help others experience the magic of an outdoor dip, the calm a lake swim can create, or the excitement of taking part in an open-water swimming event. I specialise in helping beginners and nervous swimmers and know that a friendly face makes a big difference.

Calm Sea
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Coaching with me

Fun, friendly open-water coaching and education

I would love to welcome you to one of my sessions. I have worked in open-water swimming for over 13 years in my day job as a sports media professional and enjoy bringing that knowledge to my roles as an open-water swim coach and RLSS UK Trainer/Assessor. I offer:

  • Group workshops for beginners

  • Cold water swimming workshops (Nov-Mar)

  • 1-2-1 and small group coaching

  • RLSS UK Open-Water Lifeguard (OWL) courses


Find the session that is right for you



Private 1-2-1 or small group swim sessions tailored to your individual needs and ability level



Group workshops allowing you to learn with other swimmers in a fun environment

Swimmers talking in the sea


Anyone thinking of getting into open water swimming or wants to gain confidence in the water should definitely book a session with Helen! Having organised a charity triathlon event it was the swim leg I was most nervous about, however without hesitation Helen offered to join me in the water for my first 3.8k swim, her bubbly personality instantly put my nerves at ease and the longer I was in the water with her the more my confidence grew! I learned to sight, breathe properly and relax in a couple of the 3.8k swims with her and I can say without a shadow of a doubt I wouldn't be the swimmer I am now without her help! Her love for the open water is infectious, and you'll definitely get hooked with swimming just like I am! Thanks buddy

Rob Sutherland

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