training & coaching

Swimming at 60

'It's freedom, joy, pleasure’ - how wild sea swimming in her 60s re-invigorated one woman's life.

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While we, Swim on the Wild Side, have been on holiday in Spain doing a recce for further tours and enjoying the winter sun. On our return to the Lake District, enthused by the response to our Monsters Swim in August (, we are now faced with the wonderful problem of where our clients would like to go next. At present we have our European 4x4x4=1 in June, several smaller one day activities and a couple of guided length of Windermere swims planned for the forthcoming months. If you are planning a holiday in the Lake District then one of our prearranged swims may be of interest, or maybe something completely different. We would love to hear your suggestions, either by posting below or by email through our website ( Thank you.

Open Water Training with Grant Holicky

Grant Holicky, head coach of Rallysport Aquatics (RACE) in Boulder, Colorado, has been working with elite open water swimmers for several years now. Two of his most notable athletes are Joey Pedraza, who finished third in the 5k at the 2014 Nationals, and Christine Jennings, who has been to both World Championships and the Pan Pacific Championships for open water.

Former U.S. National Team Member Dr. Tobie Smith Named to USADA Board of Directors

Dr. Tobie Smith, a former U.S. National Team member and top open water swimmer, has been appointed to serve on the USADA Board of Directors, Swimming World has learned. She fills the spot of Don Gambril, a former coach of the University of Alabama and of the U.S. Olympic team.

Identify And Conquer Your Swim Weakness

The sooner you identify your specific downfall as a swimmer, the faster you’ll be out of the open water and onto your bike. Pick which swimmer best describes you and follow the advice to overcome your weakness.

The One-speed Wonder

Your 50 sprint feels the same speed as your 500 easy.

Why you have this problem: Do you swim......

10 Things To Know For Open Water Races

The goggles I wore were tinted too dark, and  I couldn’t see any of the buoys nor my hand in front of me. Things were swimming between my feet, and the sea lice were biting parts of my body I didn’t even know I had. I loved it!

It was my first Open Water race. I swam in 60-degree water on a cold, cloudy day to finally cross the finish line in a little under 30 minutes.

It's back! Spirited swimmers make a splash as Cambridge's Jesus Green Lido re-opens for summer

Gloomy weather did nothing to discourage the spirited swimmers determined to make a splash at the opening of Cambridge's Jesus Green Lido.

Cambridge's famous outdoor pool re-opened for the summer on Saturday and more than 15 eager swimmers waited in line for that first outdoor dip of the season.

Q&A with Open Water Swimmer Grace Van Der Byl

By Melissa Berkay, Swimming World College Intern

World-class open water swimmer and national level pool swimmer Grace Van Der Byl is gearing up for a 36-mile marathon swim in New York this coming summer to add to her extensive list of swimming accomplishments. The 37-year-old is the world record holder, in both the men’s and women’s category, for the Catalina Channel solo crossing from Catalina Island to the California mainland and is an active observer for the Catalina Channel Swimming Federation.

The Horrifying Reason That Your Eyes Go Red In The Pool

According to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), it’s not the chlorine in a swimming pool that makes your eyes red and itchy after a swim – it’s the pee. You may want to think twice about not wearing goggles before swimming in that public pool.

The Open Water Trinity

from the April 2015 US Open Water Swimming Connection newsletter By Karen Reeder

spacer (1K)     In open water swimming, success or failure depends upon 3 areas of preparation.

     1) Training
     2) Tactics
     3) Logistics

     Failure to consider one of these areas can result in a poor swim or DNF (Did Not Finish).