Simon was a Mining Engineer spending months and even years working in some inhospitable locations around the world. In fact in a lot of these places, he probably couldn’t have been any further away from water. It was probably this that drove him to become an open water swimmer!
While heading up the company, Simon continues to focus on the future direction of SwimTrek by scouting out new locations and swims across the world.
Has to be my swim crossing across the Hellespont in Turkey. A lifetime ambition fulfilled.
My next one. I love travelling the world and literally swimming in it. I am always searching for the next great swimming location.
Simon’s mum appeared in the James Bond film, Thunderball.
What’s better than working at something that you love doing?
Hotel Management, Banking and Travel.. Have been in the travel industry for over 16 years - at a ski tour operator, luxury tour operator and finally SwimTrek.
I am the Commercial Director (ie I look after things when Simon’s gallivanting, er, ‘recceing’)
Quite a few - amongst them are finishing the Lake Zurich swim with a duck entourage quacking loudly, walking out onto French sand after 15 hours and 26 minutes in the English Channel, and every time I’ve been to the Hellespont!
Our Slovenia lakes trip which is set in the Alps and offers crystal clear water, beautiful scenery and a packed-full itinerary. And the British Virgin Islands with fabulous crossings between islands. Oh, and the Hellespont - I love love love this event, it’s the United Nations of Swimming!
I have been in a lift with Arnold Schwarzenegger, and I have an Olympic swimmer brother (he was blessed with the speed genes!).
The SwimTrek team, the fact that there is always someone to swim with, and the opportunity to keep developing new interesting products for open water swimmers – what’s not to love?
For the past 6 years I have been managing overseas operations for a number of volunteer organisations based in Central America, Africa and Asia. Establishing new health initiatives supporting existing programmes in Asia I have been responsible for the management of all in country operations for the respective organisation which I have supported.
Prior to this I used to manage environmental research and community development programmes on the African coast and in the Seychelles. I have a deep respect for the oceans and working with our environment, working with the local community in whichever location I have found myself in.
Here at SwimTrek I manage and organise all of our overseas operations at the numerous locations we work in. Simon and Kate are constantly on the hunt for new and exciting swims, its then my responsibility to organise the operational and logistical aspect of each of these trips and support our international guiding team to make sure everything comes off without a hitch.
Swimming with whale sharks in the Seychelles and being overwhelmed with the speed of such incredible creatures, them barely flicking their fins whilst there I am, sprint swimming simply in order to keep up with them.
A bit of a history fan, I love all of our swims that come with a story. The programmes in Alcatraz, The Bosphorus and the Hellespont really grab me for the intrigue surrounding them.
However, coming from an environmental background, some of the locations we work in are just ecologically incredible. The potential for personal experience with some of the oceans most stunning sea life is something that really stays with you.
I once lived on an uninhabited Island in an abandoned medical base for a year.
Combines my passion for exploring amazing locations and with the opportunity to create these memorable experiences for others.
After leaving Australia in 2010, I lived in Spain for for four years, where I founded and managed a company which offered fully-guided cycling holidays in various European destinations. After moving to the U.K. in 2014, I decided to make the move from the road to the water, which is how my life at SwimTrek began!
As Customer and Sales Manager, I am responsible for making sure that your SwimTrek experience is as unforgettable as possible. With the help of Ben and Eden, my aim is to make sure that every part of your trip runs perfectly smoothly, from start to finish.
Swimming in the crystal clear waters off the coast of Cinque Terre, Italy, on my first ever European holiday back in 2007!
I'm currently dreaming of joining our trip to Oman as soon as the opportunity presents itself!
My brother and I rode our bikes, live on the internet, 24 hours a day for two weeks (in alternating 8 hour shifts) in order to launch our cycling holidays business in 2012!
Good people, great trips and a chance to help people organise a holiday that they will never forget. Oh, and the 100-metre walk to the seafront for a quick lunchtime dip is a nice little bonus!
Working for an Australian company which sold e learning platforms to schools and education authorities a few doors away from the old Swimtrek office (very handy for the interview)
Overseeing the finances of the company including management accounts and financial reporting
Not a swimmer so nearest thing would have to be Paddle boarding as part of a Swimtrek get together.
Paddle Round The Pier
Decided to drive a Landrover at the age of seven.
A superb bunch of people to work with, fun and friendly atmosphere, my job is challenging and varied.
After finishing university I decided to travel around the world. I spent the next 3 years travelling to as many places around the globe as I could. Along the way I completed two ski seasons and spent a considerable amount of time at a children’s orphanage in Cambodia.
Here at SwimTrek I am the marketing manager, I am responsible for creating the best digital experience for our guests and spreading the SwimTrek word.
I have been scuba diving in many places but the most memorable scuba dive was around the tropical island of Koh Tao in Thailand.
I would love to swim in the Baja peninsula - Mexico, this trip looks awesome! I will be at the front of the queue if the opportunity arises.
I started playing football at the age of 2 and used to play professional football for Chelsea ladies
SwimTrek combines both my passion for adventure and travel. Not forgetting the team are great!
Before SwimTrek I worked for 2 summer seasons as a Brighton and Hove Beach lifeguard, and in the winter months I worked as a receptionist/membership advisor in the local leisure centre.
As Operations Coordinator I work closely with the Operations Manager assisting in the planning of all our trips, recruitment and overall running of the department.
Doing my first open water sponsored swim. Was not a long distance (only 2.5k) but I raised loads of money and battled though large swell and with the British summer being what it is also heavy rain and hail. I loved every minute!
Montenegro, this trips is great for all abilities of open water swimming. You are based in a stunning location encased by a mountain landscape with beautiful water. Great local community within the town, which provides a vast verity of restaurants. Also being able to swim in Lake Skadar for a day is a real high point of the trip.
I have trained in dance since the age of 3, having done many shows in my time the highlight for me was being given the chance to audition for Disney.
Not only is it a fun and family like environment to work in, I get to work for a company that is based around something I love, Swimming.
Retail management, Sales, Swim Coaching and CrossFit! I still co-own a CrossFit gym in Newhaven and coach a bunch of Swim masters, as well as some rising stars for Brighton Swimming Club.
As Assistant Customer Service & Sales Manager I’m responsible for making sure you select the perfect adventure! (As well as making sure all the background logistics are spot-on so you’re all set for your trip!)
Competing in South Africa in a 3km open water race against swimmers and dolphins alike that decided to join the race!
I’m a sucker for the World classic swims – Escaping from Alcatraz was just amazing but would love to join the 2000 odd competitors and fellow Swimtrekkers for the Bosphorus Cross Continental Swim Challenge one year!
I have swum competitively all around the world, representing Great Britain at one or two World Championships in Biathle.
Working with such a great bunch of folks that work and play hard with a clear passion for swimming and adventure!
From hospitality to research and administration; I've experienced being the first point of contact to being behind the scenes. Ultimately, I enjoy being part of the customer experience.
As Travel Administrator, I work with Ben and Chad to ensure you are up to date with all the relevant information for our trips and to assist with any of your enquiries.
The Gorges Du Verdon in Southern France. The sun sparkling on the turquoise water and the incredible height of the chalky white walls made for a spectacular and memorable swimming experience.
The Alcatraz trip is definitely top of my list - what a unique experience!
I was a midshipman reservist in the Sussex & Brighton Universities Royal Navy Unit. I'm from Portsmouth, so it’s almost natural!
The best bit is working with such a great team, who are passionate about we do and working together to ensure that everyone has a wonderful trip.
Whilst finishing up my philosophy degree, I was working as a pool lifeguard and memberships advisor/receptionist in a local leisure centre in Brighton, but I have worked as a lifeguard casually since the age of 16.
I assist Graham and Laura in the day to day running of operations.
Getting to represent my university at the short course BUCS swimming championships.
The Swim for Haiti race trip seems like a fantastic swimming challenge as well as an opportunity to raise money for a worthwhile cause.
I’m double jointed in my shoulders and my hips!
Swimtrek offers lots of exciting and different trips to less common destinations and it allows people to work hard at a goal whilst also being set in some amazing locations!