Don't worry, I get asked these a lot!
DO YOU OFFER GROUP SESSIONS?
Yes, of course. If you would prefer to book a group session with friends then just email me direct to chat about your needs. I can offer sessions for up to five people.
WHAT IF I'M NERVOUS ABOUT OPEN WATER?
You're definitely not alone! Open water is an exciting and magical place to swim, but as a new environment it can also create nerves. We can talk through these common worries and help you find the tools and confidence to overcome them.
CAN I PURCHASE/RENT EQUIPMENT?
Let me know in advance what you need, as I do have some spare kit and accessories which I can loan you. I can also help with advice on wetsuit purchases.
DO I HAVE TO BE A GREAT SWIMMER?
No, absolutely not! Swimmers of all abilities can enjoy open water and whether you want to have a gentle dip for the mental health benefits or are keen to smash it out for an upcoming race, I can tailor a session just for you. I would just ask that you can swim 400m in the pool and can tread water before booking a session in open-water.
WHAT KIT DO I NEED TO BRING WITH ME?
You don't needs loads of fancy kit! In the warmer months a swimsuit or jammers, as well as a brightly-coloured swim cap and goggles, are the basics. A tow-float is also a good idea for safety. If you want to do a longer swim/race or feel the cold then a wetsuit is a good investment and in cooler water gloves, booties and a neoprene hat.
CAN YOU HELP ME TRAIN FOR A SPECIFIC RACE?
I've competed in most conditions so can share my tips and experience. If you have a goal in mind then drop me an email and we can chat about whether a session with me is what you are looking for. I'm happy to share contacts for local technique coaches or coaches with other areas of specialism too. (Disclaimer... I've never swum the Channel!)
To join me for an open-water coaching session I ask that you can swim at least 400m in the pool and can confidently tread water. Open-water coaching is not for non-swimmers (though I can recommend pool swim teachers if you are a complete beginner). You will need a brightly-coloured swim hat and a tow float for safety
(tow floats are a great bit of kit so I'd really recommend one and have some for sale if you need one, or have a
limited number to loan out on the day for beginners).
If you need to cancel or reschedule a 1-2-1 session I ask for 48 hours' notice and I'll issue you with a refund or
change the time/date of your session. For workshop places, I ask for a bit more notice (see email when you book), though I often have a wait list, so contact me asap if you can't make it and I'll try to fill your place so you can defer/receive a refund. Life happens!
If you are poorly, please let me know asap. Swimming in cold water put extra stress on your body and isn't advised if you are not well. I will send out a pre-session form to capture your emergency contact details and to find out about any pre-existing health conditions you may have. Please never arrive to a session after drinking alcohol.
I include lake entry (usually £8 at Lake 62 or £7 at Lake 86) in your session price. Session prices are reduced for clients who already have a swim membership at Lake 86.