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?
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!
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 is 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 ocean's 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 with the opportunity to create memorable experiences for others.
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.
As I'm not a swimmer, the 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!
For the last xx years I have worked as a tour operator creating water and snow sports holidays, plus a sprinkling of touring and luxury escapes. Prior to that I travelled the world alternating seasons as a dive instructor and ski guide. Every now and then I also get flash backs of taking the 07:50 to Canon Street and a life as a city trader.
At SwimTrek I collect the dreams and imaginings of Simon and the team and work out how we can turn them into swimming experiences. I then hand these over to the Customer and Marketing teams to tell the world and our Operations team and Guides to make them reality.
Alone in the high Austrian alps, jumping into an ice covered lake, soon to discover why it's not a good idea to jump into an ice covered lake alone!
So many great locations. Swim coaching in Mallorca and cool Ibiza. Our honeymoon was in Baja with the Sealions and Mantas. Under sail in Greece and of course liveaboard in the Maldives. So many destinations I'd return to, but my favourite is always the unknown one.
Despite all my travels at heart I a home boy, quite content helping others swan off for amazing adventures.
Besides the Friday lunch sea swims it's knowing that everyone at SwimTrek, the team at HQ, our local partners in resort and every guide, cares so much about creating truly exceptional experiences that guests will confidently recommend to close friends and love ones.
Before SwimTrek I worked for two 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 Assistant Manager I work closely with Reggie, the Operations Manager, in the planning of all our trips, recruitment and overall running of the department.
Doing my first open water sponsored swim. It was not a long distance (only 2.5km) 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 variety 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 three. 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 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!).
Swimming the English Channel as a relay with the SwimTrek office was a true highlight and childhood dream, but I will never forget representing Great Britain in South Africa against swimmers and dolphins alike.
I’m a sucker for the World Classic swims!
Whilst running barefoot I placed 3rd in the Biathle World Championships.
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 guest experience.
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.
Baja- Mexico....one day!
I was a midshipman reservist in the Royal Navy. 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 Reggie 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!