Open Water Swimming Coaching

Open water swimming coaching and guided swims at Bournemouth’s beautiful beaches, from qualified coaches, for all abilities.

For the love of swimming

From first time sea swimmers to triathletes and endurance swimmers, we want to help you achieve your aims, gain confidence and improve your open water swimming. Whatever your swimming aspirations, our experienced and professional coaches are here to fine tune your open water skills and help you get there. For fitness, for fun, for competitions, for mental health, we are passionate about you getting the best from your sea swimming experience.

SWIM WITH US

Open water Swimming sessions and programmes

From confidence practices and acclimatisation for beginners, through to buoy turns and racing starts for competitors, we can cover all aspects of open water/sea swimming – all whilst having a firm foundation and focus on swimming technique, with your stroke at the core.

Have the sole attention of your coach and work towards what you want to achieve. You may be new to sea swimming or wanting to improve something about your stroke, speed or endurance; these bespoke sessions are for all abilities and are also open to juniors.

Develop skills alongside others in our regular group coaching sessions. Grouped according to ability, we cover swimming technique, open water/race skills and aim to develop your abilities with distance and pace. Join other like-minded swimmers at our weekly sessions in the sea at Southbourne.

Over the winter months maintain your swimming technique, practice some sea swimming skills and get ready to be back in the open water with our weekly “pool to Pier to Pier” sessions, held in a swimming pool in Southbourne on Thursday evenings.

We meet regularly, several mornings a week, for a social swim at Southbourne beach near Bistro on the Beach. We’re a friendly bunch – get in touch to find out about joining us.

We run sunrise and sunset swims, night swims and other distance swims such as pier to pier swims. Contact us to find out about our events.

Join us on a swimming holiday involving regular swims in beautiful locations. We are planning these for 2021 – complete our form to register your interest for next year.

GIFT VOUCHERS AVAILABLE

THE PERFECT GIFT

Sea-loving family member or friend? Wave 23 gift vouchers are available for our 1 to 1 open water coaching, group sessions or guided swims. Contact us for more details.

who are we?

Meet the Coaches

Ellen Open Water Swimming Coach

Ellen

Ellen got into sea swimming with her desire to start competing in sprint triathlons about five years ago. Each year her love of the sea has grown stronger and last year was her first year swimming through the winter months. Ellen competes in local and national surf life saving competitions as well as the odd local sprint triathlon. Ellen is a swimming teacher, an open water swimming coach and also volunteers as a level 2 lead coach for her surf life saving club and for a local swimming club.
Lisa Open Water Swimming Coach

Lisa

Lisa’s family know that if they can’t find her she is probably swimming. It’s her passion and something she loves to pass on to others. A swimming teacher of over 25 years; as well as a tutor and open water coach. She has swum the Pier to Pier a number of times and also had the privilege of being part of a team to swim around the Isle of Wight. A volunteer at Christchurch Swimming Club and also a member of Southbourne Surf Life Saving Club. Her motto of “Your lesson. Your pace. Your time” comes from her swim school Swim and Tonic, but Lisa feels this is especially important in open water swimming. Focusing on finding peace and relaxation in the water as the foundation to build on for everyone’s goal.
Jane Open Water Swimming Coach

Jane

A competitive pool swimmer when she was younger, Jane took to the sea three years ago and hasn't looked back! She is a swimming teacher, a keen member of Southbourne Surf Life Saving Club (and level 2 SLSGB coach) , a qualified surf lifeguard and open water swimming coach. Jane has done the last two Pier to Pier swims, as well as regularly competing in local and national surf life saving events - plus a couple of marathons! Jane has a young family and if she's not in the sea, is usually to be found in a campervan.
Testimonials

What our sea swimmers say

"An extra big thank you to Lisa, Ellen and Jane for all your support, encouragement and brilliant teaching. Feels so good to be out there with you."
Debbie
October 2020
"I ended up swimming 2.25km in the sea all front crawl. Can honestly say I couldn't have done this without Lisa and Ellen. You gave me the confidence to sea swim, thank you."
Carolyn
August 2020
"A big thank you for the lessons this summer which have been amazing! So pleased to have made it to the yellow buoy this summer. Thanks again"
Becca
October 2020

Come on in, the water's lovely

Develop your technique,  confidence, and open water swimming skills. Tell us your aspirations and let us help you achieve them.

CONTACT US

We’d love to hear from you – to ask us any questions, to book or to have a chat about what you are looking for, please contact us using the form or email us at hello@wave23.co.uk.

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