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Booking Information

If you would like a relaxed swim in a beautiful setting then you have come to the right place. I offer guided wild swimming experiences in the Lake District all year round. I set up the business for swimmers like me; people who love getting out and experiencing open water without the pressure of competing or keeping up. It’s not a race, I swim at your pace, I don't expect you to swim at mine.

 

You can book a bespoke swim at a time and date to suit you. Detailed below are the types of bespoke swim you can book with me ranging from beginner level to more adventurous outings. Bespoke experiences allow you to take your time, great if you are nervous about swimming with a group or keeping up. I'll let you in on a secret though; 99% of swimmers who think they are too slow are usually not.

These bespoke sessions are available as a private experience just for you, or you can book with a friend or partner. I also offer private group experiences if you would like to come with several friends or members of your family.  Want to swim on your own and bring someone to watch? No problem. These sessions are dog friendly too. Please note I do not offer swims for children under the age of 18.

 

Under normal circumstances I run a monthly group session for beginners, and a regular social swim group for refreshers/intermediates. Group swims are currently on hold until June, usually though group swims take place all year round and can be booked via the group swim tab. These swims are led at a leisurely pace and ideal for breaststroke swimmers. The group size is small, no more than 10 swimmers usually.

 

My sessions are based predominantly in the north/west Lake District in Bassenthwaite Lake, Buttermere, Crummock Water, Derwentwater, Loweswater, and Wastwater. I also cover Borrowdale and Eskdale for adventure swims. Sessions are not ordinarily held in Brothers Water, Coniston Water, Grasmere, Rydal Water, Ullswater, and Windermere but can be arranged in these locations on request. Swims can be at any time of day from sunrise to sunset. Depending on the season, I will advise on the best time of day for your swim particularly during school holidays. 

 

Once you have booked, you will receive an information sheet by email telling you everything you need to bring and where to meet. Refreshments are included on most sessions and you will be advised if you need to bring a packed lunch. Wetsuits are included on some swims and for hire on others. Please check the type of swim below for more details. Please note: the session time advertised is the total time you should allow from start to finish, not just the swim time. 

 

If you can't see what you are looking for, please ask and I'll be happy to create the perfect tailored experience for you or your group. Any questions? Check the FAQs or email me.

 

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Beginner - from £95 for One Person or £125 for Two People


For first time, or nearly new swimmers. Book this session if you have never swam outside before, or your experience is perhaps limited to paddling on holiday. A beginner session will equip you with essential wild swimming skills, and all the equipment you need is included. If you already have your own wetsuit etc, you are welcome to wear it or bring it along for comparison and advice. These sessions are not swimming lessons and you should be able to comfortably swim for 20 minutes (in a pool) without stopping. Speed and stroke are not important but the ability to tread water for several minutes will be beneficial. If you are unsure about your swimming ability please contact me for advice. Allow two hours for this session; there is a short walk to and from the water, theory discussion, swim time, and refreshments afterwards. A detailed information sheet and packing list will be emailed to you on booking. ENQUIRE NOW




Refresher - from £95 for One Person or £125 for Two People


This session is suitable for swimmers who are returning to open water after a period of time away. Maybe you don’t swim through winter and feel a bit rusty as spring approaches. If you took up outdoor swimming prior to the arrival of coronavirus and your opportunities to swim have subsequently been limited, this is the swim for you. The session is aimed at refreshing your skills and confidence in open water. This is a step up from a beginner session so if you have absolutely no experience in open water or if it’s more than 12 months since you last swam outdoors you would be better off booking a beginner session. Allow two hours for this session; there is a short walk to and from the water, theory discussion, swim time, and refreshments afterwards. ENQUIRE NOW




Intermediate - from £105 for One Person or £135 for Two People


For swimmers who have already completed a beginner session with me, with another company, or even with your friends in a social setting. Maybe you swim regularly at a dedicated open water venue and you want to venture a bit further, and learn how to access the water in a different location. This type of guided swim is tailored to your ability and experience. It’s perfect for swimmers wanting to expand their horizons and explore new locations. Wetsuits and other accessories can be hired. The length of this session varies, minimum 1hr. A short walk and refreshments are included. ENQUIRE NOW




Adventurer - from £105 for One Person or £135 for Two People


For really wild swimmers! You don’t need to be fast or an endurance swimmer, you just need to be confident, with a sense of adventure, and you swim regularly in open water. On these kinds of swims we might go to a tarn, swoosh down a river, or swim across a lake. The length of this session varies; I can suggest a route or we can plan it together. The only limit is your imagination! It is assumed you will have your own swimming kit however full hire is available including swim bags or RuckRafts if required. ENQUIRE NOW




Confidence Booster - from £95


Do you have a fear of putting your face in or not being able to touch the bottom? If you are a swimmer with a phobia I can help! Ideally you will already have some wild swimming experience to take part in this session where you and I can work on your fear in a calm and relaxed private session. Wetsuits and other accessories can be hired. The length of this session varies, minimum 1hr. A short walk and refreshments are included. ENQUIRE NOW




Online - from £25


Hang on a minute, you can’t guide a swim via zoom can you? Well not quite, but if you live further afield or you simply can’t travel, I can offer guidance via an online session. This service is also available for swimmers locally who feel they might benefit from a chat before booking a session or want to follow up from a previous in-person session. I also cover wetsuit advice and general swim safety. These typically last an hour and are personalised to your circumstances and location. Bring your own refreshments. ENQUIRE NOW





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