Are you interested in taking your swimming from the pool to the open water environment? Are you aiming for a triathlon, swimrun, open water swimming event, or do you just want to be more comfortable with swimming in open water venues, lakes, rivers and the sea? Then this is a great way to start your journey.
Our venue at Collingwood Dock provides safe and sheltered swimming in a unique and historic location. The main aim is for a fun and information-packed session to build confidence and inspire. There will be land-based intro, including safety consideration & your pre/post swim routine, followed by up to 45 mins in the water (you can get out sooner!).
YOUR COACH - Mike Alexander Mike is a qualified NOWCA Level 2 Open Water Coach & RNLI Lifeguard, with a vast range of teaching experiences in different environments. He has competed in both male and mixed category swimrun across Europe including the OtillO World Series, and the BRECA UK Championships.
Mike is also Race Director for the following events:
QUALIFICATIONS + NOWCA Level 2 Open Water Swimming Coach + STA Level 2 Swimming Teacher + ISKGA Advanced Sea Kayak Guide + MT Mountain Leader & Rock Climbing Instructor + BAIML Trained + BCU Advanced Sea Kayak Leader & Canoe Leader + RNLI Beach Lifeguard + RLSS Level 3 National Water Safety Management + UKCG Technical Canyoning + RYA Day Skipper, Powerboat Level 2 & Safety Boat + Remote Emergency Care First Aid & AED Trained + PGCE, QTS & MEng
Mike has also climbed many significant peaks in Europe, Russia, Alaska, Africa and Bolivia, kayaked across the Irish Sea, and competed in World Series multi-day Adventure Races.
Given the time Mike also enjoys writing, in 2011 he wrote the Wild Swimming Code for Natural Resources Wales, with Dan Graham, and he occasionally contributes to the Outdoor Swimmer magazine's swimrun section, recent articles below:
"Very enjoyable, friendly swim in historic surroundings, tobacco warehouse and bascule bridge. Organisers very welcoming. Created interesting swim with good safety cover. Would recommend to anyone who enjoys open water swimming" - Steven "Well run course, staff are really friendly and understanding of different abilities. Would highly recommend to anyone starting off in open water swimming." - John (Introduction to Open Water Swimming course)
If you are driving please park "pointing home" to comply with the site safety regulations. If you are cycling there is a freshly laid cycle lane along Regent Road, and a bike rack to lock your bike safely at the venue.