Our Guides
Simon founded SwimTrek after spending many years organising open water swimming trips for himself and friends. A solo English Channel swimmer and swim coach, he is always going to new destinations to find more SwimTrek locations. read more...

It began with a competitive pool swimming background in Essex. When it was time, he stopped competing, but never stopped swimming, it has always been a real passion. The first crossing occurred when roaming in Fiji. He saw a crossing between islands and had no choice but to swim it. It inspired the open water movement, now he enjoys all things water based.

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Kelly got into open water swimming when she had become bored with pool swimming several years ago. Her favourite aspect of open water is that every swim is different, no matter how many times you swim it.

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A former marathon runner whose life changed when he caught his first glimpse of the English Channel from the air. A solo Channel Swimmer who brings a wealth of open water experience to our trips. In 1981 Cliff was a 26 year old, very contented endurance athlete.

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Trish joins us from Ireland where she is one of the country's top lifesavers. A keen swimmer, Trish now specialises in the sport of lifesaving. She has trained both in Ireland and Australia and competes internationally with the Irish team in pool and surf lifesaving competitions.

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Fiona had a varied background ranging from 18 years as a primary school teacher to being the head of the Sea Section and an Open Water Coach at Brighton Swimming Club. In 2009 she saw the English Channel and at the point held the title for the oldest women ever to have swum it. She loves swimming in the cold water purely down to that feel good factor you get. 

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A relatively late convert to open water swimming, Neil has competed nationally and internationally at swimming and waterpolo, captaining the England waterpolo team to a Bronze medal in the 2002 Commonwealth Games. An experienced swim coach, Neil has built up a wealth of open water expertise.
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Growing up on the Turkish Mediterranean coast, from an early age Huseyin was enjoying coastal swims with friends and has carried this on as an adult. Huseyin has a wealth of knowledge to pass on.

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Neil went on his first Swimtrek holiday in 2009 to Croatia and became hooked on the sport virtually immediately and decided he wanted to join us as a guide.
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‘Known as ‘Mr Alcatraz’ Gary has done the world famous ‘escape’ over 760 times. But he is not only limited to San Francisco. in the 21 years since he started open water swimming Gary has completed an incredible list of swims.

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Since joining Swimtrek in 2007, Lizzie has swum extensively around the Mediterranean Sea and now feels more at home swimming in the deep blue of Sardinia and Gozo. Lizzie loves to travel and believes that seeing the world at sea level is the only way.

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Kevin Murphy has swum the English Channel an incredible 34 times, more than any other man in history. He completed his channel swim in 1968 and in 1970 he became the first Briton to complete a double crossing of the English Channel.

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In September 2013 Anna Wardley became the fourth person to swim 56-miles around the Isle of Wight, and the first in almost three decades, completing the circumnavigation in 26 hours and 33 minutes. As the culmination of her Five Island Swim Challenge, the Isle of Wight swim made her one of just nine Britons in the 24-hour club, those who have swum non-stop for more than 24 hours in open water.


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Dewi is a triathlon coach, races at all distances up to and including Ironman and is involved with organising expeditions and challenge events. He has a passion for introducing and developing peoples ability in pool and open water swimming.

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Swimming has always been a very important part of my life and I've been fortunate enough to have completed some iconic sea swims in many continents.

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Francesco is  a passionate swimmer, an experienced and professional guide and has swum the coastlines of all 44 of the Sicilian islands in an epic 13 year feat. 

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     37 Seasons as a beach lifeguard in West Cornwall.

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Eduardo has had a fantastic variety of careers with the once constant always being that they were water based. He has worked as a Coach, Scuba Dive guide, Open Water Coach, Triathlon Coach, Lifeguard and Lifesaving master competitor. Eduardo had worked in many areas of Brazilian coast in open water swim and scuba dive activities and now he is “looking for new places and experiences to work and enjoy this water planet.”

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Triona is a self proclaimed water baby who is never found far from the ocean. A keen surf swimmer, Triona can also be found surfing, scuba diving, stand up paddle boarding, kite surfing and surf lifesaving.

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Yolande has had a lifelong interest in sport, particularly kayaking, mountain biking and surf lifesaving (representing Australia in kayaking and mountain biking) which then developed into a passion for open water swimming.

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Bruce has swum all his life from his early days at the Colombo Swimming Club in Sri Lanka, then in Perth, Australia, with a diversion through the USA before finally being based in Melbourne. He swims Masters in pool competition and is a regular on the local open water swimming circuit, including the iconic The Pier to Pub.

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Greg has come back to join us again for another season at SwimTrek. After growing up on the beaches of Australia Greg has gone on to complete a phenomenal 60 plus open water swimming races in Australia, USA and South Pacific. Impressively Greg was also the winner of a medal at the Australian Masters games. Greg’s philosophy when it comes to swimming ‘Just relax in the water and enjoy’.


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From a young age Caoimhe began to develop a passion from the water, summers were spent on the beach where she learnt to swim. Caoimhe started swimming competitively in the pool from the age of 7. She began life-saving at 14 and was particularly interested in the surf swim. After spending one summer alongside a channel swimmer Caoimhe was inspired to begin long distance open water events. When Caoimhe is not guiding for SwimTrek she is studying for her final year at university where she is studying a BSC in Health and performance science.

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Vicky has a very impressive swimming history behind her including Competing to a National level as an age group swimmer, Competes Masters Swimming ranked in top 1-5 depending on distance and stroke ,Competes Open water – Winning Windsor River Swim 2012 and River Adur swim 2013, Coached in early years and now coaching Brighton multisports club members and Adults at Pool to Pier, Completed Swim Smooth Swim courses and 3 European Masters Records 4x200Free relay and 4X100  Medley Relay – 2012 – 2013. Her top tip is breathing! read more...

Bronwen has just joined us for her first season as a SwimTrek guide. There are some faded photos of a one year old Bron bobbing around in the Butterworth Air Force Base (Malaysia) swimming pool; it was a love and necessity in the climate. School squads, the odd competition, more Air Force Base swimming pools, loads of snorkelling and qualifying to scuba dive at 15 followed on. This love of swimming never disappeared and Bronwen has completed many impressive swims. Whilst not with SwimTrek Bronwen can be found most days through the year swimming at Kingston Beach and surrounds, enjoying the freedom of swimming with friends.

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As Tellervo puts it herself ‘I learned to swim the same time I learned to walk’ so swimming has remained a constant passion throughout her life. But the passion for open water swimming really started in 2011 when he took part in a few smaller open water swimming events which kick started a drive for open water which lead to Tekkervo impressively completing Lake Windermere, an English Channel replay and finally a English channel solo all in the space of two years.

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I am currently teaching/coaching with the Titans Learn to Swim at Ellesmere College, at David Lloyd Chesire Oaks and with Rossett Swimming Club.

So everything from teaching children (and adults) how to swim through to helping triathletes and arch to arc aspirants

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Kate is becoming somewhat of a ‘seasoned’ pro as she is entering into her fourth season with us as a guide. Kate  started swimming in the fresh water lakes of Northern Ontario in the summer and playing waterpolo in the winter, then shifted to ocean swimming as an adult, first in the Atlantic, now in the Pacific. Since moving to Honolulu, Kate’s competed in the Waikiki Roughwater Swim as well as the lesser known "Double Roughwater" held primarily for locals in December. Last summer she swam the 17-mile stretch of the remote Na Pali Coast, the north shore of the island of Kauai.

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