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SwimTrek Coaching


SwimTrek Coaching Philosophy

All of our coaching is focused on getting the most out of your stroke in an open water environment.

SwimTrek coaches use a combination of theory and practical sessions to help you understand what you should be doing and why you should be 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 have the knowledge required to teach you the latest techniques and develop suitable training plans to help you reach your open water swimming goals.

Whether you're preparing for an upcoming SwimTrek holiday or an open water swimming event anywhere in the world, a coaching session with one of our qualified swim guides is the perfect way to develop your open water swimming skills.

SwimTrek Training Plan

SwimTrek's Open Water Swimming Training Plan has been put together to try to give you a basic introduction to swimming in open water. Whether you are a novice swimmer who would like the confidence to take a dip outdoors, or a competent pool swimmer preparing for your first open water swim, or even someone who has already experienced the thrill of open water and are keen to improve your skills, we're sure that there is information in this plan that you will find useful.

You can view and download a digital version of our open water swimming training plan here and you can click here to get Adobe PDF Reader.

SwimTrek's Guide to Open Water Swimming Technique

We’ve put together the following 8 pointers as a quick guide to help you on your way to becoming a more efficient open water swimmer and to make the most of your open water experience!

London - Swim Coaching and Open Water Fitness Sessions


We have private coaching and open water fitness sessions at the Tooting Bec Lido, London, with SwimTrek coach and guide, Dan Abel.

Dan's successful swimming career spans over 20 years, including national titles and four 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 famous 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.

Book Now

To book a session using the form below, please select your preferred time and session type, register an account and complete all required information. You will receive an email confirmation with your booking details after completing your booking.

Any enquiries about coaching sessions at Tooting Bec Lido can be directed to Dan at:

Open Water Fitness and Technique Series

Swimming fitness is for swimmers or triathletes looking to improve. We will give you a structured swimming coaching programme that delivers fitness and technique in a fun and social atmosphere. One hour sessions are available three mornings per week and Saturday morning. You can expect to increase fitness, improve swimming technique and learn more about open water swimming. This is a great session to complement the one-to-one coaching.


Sessions are suitable for anyone aged 16 years or older looking to improve or maintain their swimming fitness level. Swimmers should be able to comfortably swim 1km in a pool.


Availability from 04 June 2017 through to 31 August 2017.

Private Coaching

Private one-to-one open water swimming lessons for swimmers and triathletes of all ability levels. If you wish to learn front crawl (freestyle), improve your technique, efficiency or swim speed our one-to-one swim coaching program will provide personalised coaching and swimming lessons tailored to your specific requirements. At beginner level, you can go at your own pace to make sure you feel safe and confident in the water. At intermediate and advanced level, you can progress your stroke, understand and develop more swimming technique and receive guidance on the right swim fitness programme for you. Lessons are individually tailored and can include:

  • Swimming Technique
  • Swimming Drills
  • Swimming Fitness
  • Swimming Technique Analysis

Whether you are looking to improve your stroke or getting ready for your first race or a SwimTrek holiday, you can get advice on the do’s and don’ts of open water swimming.


These session are suitable for swimmers who are 16 years and over. Please note that the water is heated by the summer sun only, so this is the perfect preparation for any upcoming open water swimming events.


Please note, availability for 2018 is to be confirmed.

Private lessons are available every weekday and Saturday mornings. All sessions are 40 minutes in length, with the exception of the last session each morning which can be either 40 or 60 minutes.

To swim outside these times (or during other times of the year), you can join the fantastic South London Swim Club:


Tooting Bec Lido ‘London’s Premier Open Water Swimming Training venue. View Map Here

Terms and Conditions

Any booked session cancelled more than 24 hours prior to the session will be rescheduled at no cost. Cancellations within 24 hours of the scheduled time will not be rescheduled or refunded. Please respect this policy as the business is run on appointment only, if you cancel late, it is often too late to rebook your slot. This policy also runs in reverse, should Fit&Abel Ltd cancel within 24 hours of your session, you can expect a complimentary session.

Brighton - Open Water Coaching


Are you looking for some open water coaching before your upcoming trip? Would you like to become more confident in the open water? Our open water swimming coaching sessions in Brighton could be perfect for you!

All coaching sessions are 90 minutes in length and are run in the sea in Brighton, U.K. Each session includes all of the following:

  • Discussion about your swimming goals and what you’d like to get out of your session(s)
  • A brief introduction to sea swimming
  • Land-based swim bench session (to discuss your swim technique and other relevant points)
  • Swim session, including technique analysis and coaching (approximately 45 minutes)
  • Post-swim stretching session
  • Post-swim feedback session

All of our sessions are run under the guidance of our head coach, Rod Hart, who is an exceptional swimming coach with over twelve years experience. The past ten years of Rod's career has been spent specialising in open water coaching, and he has coached a variety of open water swimmers from complete beginners and club swimmers to Masters level open water athletes. He has also coached long distance open water swimmers, including those preparing to swim the English channel.

"Swimming has always been an important part of my life and I've been fortunate enough to have completed some iconic sea swims in many continents. I work with many swimmers and adopt a specific approach for each individual. I have found over many years there is no 'One size fits all' solution and what works for one often does not work for another. Everything I teach is based on personal experience as a swimmer specialising in open water."

One-to-One Open Water Coaching Sessions

Get the maximum benefit out of your time in the water with our popular one-to-one open water coaching sessions. These sessions are available at the following times between May and September:

Day Time Price
Saturday 10:00 - 11:30 £85.00
Saturday 11:30 - 13:00 £85.00
Sunday 10:00 - 11:30 £85.00
Sunday 11:30 - 13:00 £85.00

To book your one-to-one open water coaching session in Brighton, please click the button below and complete all of the relevant details throughout the registration process.

If you would like to book a session outside of the above times, please contact us at SwimTrek HQ to discuss the options.

Group Open Water Coaching Sessions

If you've got a friend or group of fellow swimmers who would like to share an open water swim coaching session, we can accommodate up to six swimmers at a time in Brighton. Please note the below rates for group sessions:

Number of Swimmers Price Per Swimmer
2 £55.00
3 £40.00
4 £30.00
5 £25.00
6 £20.00

To book your private group session in Brighton, please contact us at SwimTrek HQ to discuss available dates and times.

Please note that, if you would like to wear a wetsuit during your coaching session, you will need to bring along your own.

If you have any other questions about our open water coaching sessions, please feel free to contact us and we'll be more than happy to assist.

Cotswolds - Open Water Coaching


Private one-to-one coaching sessions are available in the beautiful Cotswolds region at South Cerney Lake and Waterland Outdoor Pursuits, all run by our qualified open water coach, Jason Tait.

Jason is a highly experienced open water swimmer and coach and holds ASA Level 2 teaching and coaching qualifications along with ASA and STA accreditation for open water swimming. He is active open water swimmer and plays a large part in the promotion and development of open water swimming in the area, including being an member of the Wiltshire ASA Open Water Committee.

Whether it’s your first time open water swimming, or you're preparing for your upcoming swimming holiday or training for a competition, Jason tailors all of his open water sessions to meet the individual needs of each swimmer.

Private Open Water Coaching Sessions

One hour sessions at either lake are £60 per hour and include a written session review.

To book a session, please use the form below to choose the session time that you prefer. Once you have completed your booking, you will receive a confirmation email with all of your booking details.

If you have any other questions about our open water coaching sessions, please feel free to contact us and we'll be more than happy to assist.