Dan Abel is our coach at Tooting Bec Lido
Dan's successful swimming career spans over 20 years including national titles and 4 years in the USA at the University of Iowa, where he graduated with a BSc and academic accolades. Dan has also successfully coached and completed the epic relay swim across the infamous English channel, swimming 17km. The team raised over £9,000 for UK charities.
After a career with the Royal New Zealand Air Force Dan has forged ahead in coaching swimming and general fitness and transferred his pool swimming skills to the open water.
As a guide for SwimTrek in 2011, Dan is now the resident SwimTrek Coach at Tooting Bec Lido.
The SwimTrek Swim coaching philosophy at Tooting Bec Lido
All of our coaching is focused on getting the most out of your stroke in an open water environment.
Tooting Bec Lido at 100 yards (92 metres) long is the largest fresh water pool/lido in the UK. It is an ideal half way house between pool and open water swimming.
It provides a safe environment to get comfortable in the water, learn technique and improve fitness. It’s also an ideal environment to coach the intricacies of open water swimming. Once technique and fitness have been achieved, the options become plentiful. If you are of a competitive nature, then competitive swimming or triathlon events may be your calling. If you enjoy the fitness of swimming but are also drawn to the unique challenges that can be achieved within open water swimming then non-competitive swimming is for you.
SwimTrek coaches use a combination of theory and practical swim sessions to help you understand what you should be doing and why you are doing it. We help you close the gap between your current swim stroke and the perfect swim stroke. Our coaches are experienced open water swimmers, and so have the knowledge of teaching you the latest techniques and developing training plans for open water swimming.
We believe in keeping it simple. Learn and perfect the basics, combined with some fitness swimming and you will be more than capable of competently swimming in any environment, whether it is in the pool, lakes, oceans, short, or long distance.
In addition our coaching program is also an excellent way to prepare for one of our famous SwimTrek holidays and coaching tours.
Contact us at the numbers below or speak to Dan on poolside.