1630 SwimTrek Miles
Swim history before SwimTrek When I was 9 years old I was fortunate enough to move to Cornwall with my family and so began the start of a long relationship with the sea. Surfing was my main interest as a teenager and it lead me into surf lifesaving and working on the beach as a Lifeguard for several seasons. Open water swimming is among the skill set I developed as a Lifeguard and on quiet days on the beach it was part of our training routine. I have also always enjoyed pool swimming as a way of staying fit in winter and I recently started playing underwater hockey- Octopush- which I would highly recommend. Swimming is at the core of, and gives me the confidence to enjoy many of the other water based activities that I take part in such as scuba diving, surfing, coasteering, kayaking, sailing and snorkeling. I also work as Event Water Safety at some of the UK's largest participation Swims such as The Dart 10k, Bournemouth Pier to pier and Around St Michael's Mount swims. Most memorable swim moment A few years ago I entered the Falmouth Castle to Castle swim, it was my first open water swim 'race'. It's a mile or so long swim across the mouth of the Fal estuary between Pendennis and St Mawes Castles. I had been training quite a bit with lots of sea swims and was feeing fairly fit but really had no clue about where my position would be during the swim. My memorable moment was the feeling of euphoria upon reaching the far shore and crossing the line, and about being really chuffed to later learn that I had completed the swim in 27:12. Whilst some take the swim more seriously than others (it being more about participation then results) I had come in at 12th male and 14th overall out of field of about 300 and was really pleased. Top swimming tip Look up! Find a way of incorporating regular effective sighting into your stoke. This will need to be adaptable in open water to allow for wind and waves but a slower swimmer that goes in a straight line may reach their goal sooner than a faster swimmer that snakes through the water to get there. Interesting fact In the summer holidays I run a Coasteering business in Cornwall. Cornish Coasteering is everything you always wanted to do at the seaside when you were a kid but were not allowed! We swim, climb and jump our way along the cliffs, play in the waves and explore sea caves.