Swimming in the sea, rivers and lakes is in my DNA. Both my parents grew up swimming outdoors and all our family holidays were centred around wild water. As I grew up and had my own family, swimming was just as important. I knew that I loved swimming outdoors, but when I started taking part in open water events I felt such incredible and unexpected mental health benefits and became a part of a warm and accepting outdoor swimming community. I wanted to share this with others, so, in 2018, I qualified as an open water swimming coach and I haven’t looked back. To be able to introduce people to outdoor swimming, help them gain confidence and refine their technique to reap the benefits of swimming in wild water is a true privilege.
Like Row, swimming and water sports runs in our family. My Dad learnt to swim outdoors with his dad in Bahrain and I learnt to swim outdoors with my Dad in Germany. I was a competitive teenage swimmer, who developed an eating disorder and during my recovery I discovered winter swimming, the cold water community and would consider myself a bit of an adventure swimmer.
I started my own inclusive coaching programme when I was 19 years old. I am now a swim coach with over 10 years of experience of teaching and coaching in England, Scotland and Australia. I wanted to redefine swimming success, without the relentlessness of training for hours in the pool. With that in mind I kept junior engagement high by introducing open water swimming in 2015. Training outside added a fun element to swimming that improved their health, fitness and added the challenge of learning new skills outdoors. I currently coach a mixture of sessions from beginners freestyle to elite open water at Clevedon Marine Lake and I am rebuilding a local swim team after covid.