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Welcome to Wave 23 Swimming

We’re looking forward to welcoming you to our open water coaching sessions. We want everyone to love swimming in the ocean as much as we do, be it for leisure or training for the next triathlon. Whichever it is, we know that everyone will be guaranteed a smile on their face each time they exit the sea or pool. We will ensure that smile is achieved in a safe, friendly environment. These are your sessions at your pace and your terms.


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, your stroke at the core. 


We run coached sessions in the sea from May until October, the rest of the year we have sessions in the pool, and guided sea swim events.

Read more about our upcoming swims and sessions here.

Open Water Swimming Coaching Bournemouth
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Meet the Coaches

Coach Ellen


Ellen got into sea swimming with her desire to start competing in sprint triathlons about nine years ago. Each year her love of the sea has grown stronger with sea swimming/dipping all year round. Ellen has competed in local and national surf lifesaving competitions for the past four years as well as entering the Bournemouth Pier to Pier swim and the odd local sprint triathlon. Ellen is a swimming teacher, an open water swimming coach, a qualified Life Saver, level 2 SLSGB coach and volunteers as a level 2 lead coach for her surf lifesaving club. She enjoys training with her Surf Life Saving Club and doing strength training classes at her local sports centre.
Coach Lisa


Lisa’s family know that if they can’t find her she is probably swimming. It’s her passion and she loves to share it with others. A swimming teacher of over 25 years; as well as a tutor and open water coach. Her own swimming achievements include swimming the Bournemouth Pier to Pier, the Studland Sea Horse swim and having had the privilege of being part of a team to swim around the Isle of Wight and across the English Channel. She volunteers at Christchurch Swimming Club and is a member of Southbourne Surf Life Saving Club. Her motto of “Your lesson. Your pace. Your time” Lisa feels is especially important in open water swimming. Focusing on finding peace and relaxation in the water is the foundation to build on for everyone’s goal.
Jane Open Water Swimming Coach


A competitive pool swimmer when she was younger, Jane took to the sea seven years ago and hasn't looked back! She is an open water swimming coach, a qualified surf lifeguard, a member of Southbourne Surf Life Saving Club, level 2 lead SLSGB coach and swimming teacher. Jane takes part in swim events from the Pier to Pier up to around 5km distance and competes in local and national surf life saving events. She loves going for runs along the shoreline and enjoys mass participation runs, from 5kms to marathons. Jane is also a director of Wild and Free Therapy CIC which provides surf and blue space therapy for those with additional needs. Jane has a young family and if she's not in the sea or pool, is usually to be found in a campervan.

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."
October 2020
"Thank you to Wave 23 for the brilliant swimming coaching, both in the sea and in the pool. I started off not being able to do any front crawl at all and not feeling confident in the sea to now loving swimming front crawl and loving swimming in the sea. Lisa, Ellen and Jane are wonderful teachers - inspiring, encouraging and always positive."
June 2021
"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"
October 2020


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