As the ONLY professional Long Distance and Channel Swimming community association coach in the world with over 20 world records, I am here to share a wealth of knowledge of 37 years without any break in the sport with YOU. I will help you achieve your goals and expand upon your potential.
I started swimming when I was six and by the age of 14 had swum the length of Windermere in junior record time. As a fifteen year old, I completed my first successful Solo English Channel swim in 1979 with Loch Lomond close after and a 4 Way Windermere (42 miles) solo swim. As well as ‘being a swimmer’ I began teaching and coaching, a role I thoroughly enjoyed and have been swim coaching ever since.
My world record swimming career started from humble beginnings when too petrified to put my head in the water, I swam across Windermere ‘head up’ breaststroke. However, I became hooked and my passion has been in it ever since. Therefore, I am delighted to pass on to you and the many swimmers out there all my experience in a fun, friendly and enjoyable way. I wish only for you to fulfil your goals and expand your potential, helping to bring out all that is within you.
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My journey into fitness started late in life. In April 2012, I weighed 18.5 stone and was about to undergo Open Heart Surgery.
You will be pleased to know that my surgery to replace my aortic valve for a mechanical one was a huge success. It was here within the NHS that I first tasted what "Coaching" was all about. It's not just about 'Elite Athletes' chasing those extra tenths of a second; it's about helping those people like myself, people starting out with nothing.
With the help of the Cardiac Rehabilitation Team and Active Blackpool, one medical year after Open Heart Surgery I had lost five stone in weight and had just completed my first Sprint Distance Triathlon. I soon became hooked with the Triathlon bug and my next focus was an Open Water Triathlon. The thrill of swimming outdoors looked amazing and in September 2015, I swam a Windermere One Way , 10.5 miles in 9 hours and 12 minutes and I loved it.
Since then I have retrained , leaving thirty years of joinery behind me and focusing my time on helping others starting out on their journey into fitness. I have become a Triathlon Coach , a Cycling Instructor and a Run Leader in Fitness. The feeling of being by someone's side at the beginning and watching them grow with confidence is just the best feeling ever.
My coaching has lead me to the Special Olympic Games in 2017, where I watched one of my swimmers, Owen Boyes collect two Olympic Bronze Medals. That was something very amazing, indeed. In November 2017, I was so proud to receive the Unsung Hero Award(Radio Wave), Lancashire
Triathlon has been my main choice of sport yet looking for the next adventure, I became involved in SwimRun which is something special, and have completed certain swimrun events. What a sport this is, lots going on, not to mention running in your wetsuit and swimming in your shoes! With my practical skills and coaching as part of the Get Set 4 Swimming Team, I offer coaching with not only swimming and running, but advice on how to make and modify our 'swim toys' to suit this new and exciting sport of "SwimRun".
I look forward to coaching you.
Mike has taken part in the OtillO World Series races of Uto (twice), Engadin, Scilly, Hvar, BRECA Buttermere and Llanberis Loveswimrun. Every race is different; every race is a learning experience. Mike has competed in both the male and the mixed category.
Away from swimrun Mike has competed in triathlons, marathons and the first ever Dart 10K. His longest races were the World Series ITERA and TERREX 5 day expedition races which were especially challenging. This race format introduced Mike to the psychology of racing in a team, and saw his first use of a towing system - during a mountain bike section!
Away from racing Mike has climbed Denali, Elbrus, Mont Blanc & guides people to the summit of Toubkal in Winter. He is a keen ski-tourer and an International Sea Kayak Guide. In 2016 he kayaked 100km across the Irish Sea. Mike has many outdoor adventure experiences and qualifications to draw from in whatever he does. He loves swimrun and enjoys coaching you all to your goal
It is both an honour and a privilege to be part of this group of innovative, driven individuals, that together form a proven and successful team striving for a common goal.
My role with Get Set 4 Swimming is to offer any form of medical support, assistance or advice, should it be required, and as an independent liaison advisor, you can be confident that your health and welfare is top priority, and of paramount importance to me. I also recognise the importance to individuals of being part of an achieving team who are working towards this common goal, and I feel that my many years experience allow me to find the perfect balance between the two.
I have been involved with Get Set 4 Swimming for a few years now. As well as swim camps and coaching events, I have helped Get Set 4 Swimming in charity events, most recently their 10 Way World Record International Relay in August 2014.
I've had over 20 years experience of working in and around health/medical settings. After training as a nurse, I completed various qualifications and have helped various sports people along the way from indoor to open water swimmers. My qualifications include an HND (Care Practice), BSc (Hons), a Cert H.P. and a current First Aid qualification
I’m really excited to be part of the Get Set 4 Swimming team. I am a qualified fitness instructor and personal trainer. Once my youngest child (one of three very boisterous boys) started full time school, I seized the opportunity to study fitness instructing and personal training. I had previously studied Criminology, yet an itch to pursue a career in Sport had to be scratched! This was further fuelled by a new-found love of road cycling and mountain biking.
Since qualifying I have worked for a health club which took me on a steep and intense learning curve. Presently, I run my own personal training business and fitness classes. I specialize in boot camps tailored for small groups, one on one spinning classes, high intensity interval training and aqua aerobics.
I look forward to meeting you all soon, for a fun fuelled and challenging gym session for swimming.
As your senior kayaker I have been involved in outdoor activities for 25 years and am a registered REC First Aid Provider.
Being a member of a local canoe club I help train children and adults and have assisted and escorted swimmers on various open water swims over the last few years including Lake Windermere, and other swims in the UK. I canoe in different kinds of boats including sea kayaks and white water and Canadian canoes, my preference being the latter.
My two lads, Connor and Matthew help make up the ‘ODonnell Get Set 4 Swimming Safety Crew’, both being First Aid qualified. They have canoed for the past two years helping out swimmers with me at various events, always successfully looking after your safety and medical needs.
I have been involved with Get Set 4 Swimming and Dr. Julie Bradshaw MBE now for a few years, helping you, the swimmers out there.
Initially, I served an apprenticeship as a traditional wooden boat builder in Windermere in the 1960’s and over the following years gained various qualifications including RYA Powerboat Instructor, Helmsman Instructor, BWSF Waterski Instructor, PWC Instructor, Windermere Boatman’s Licence and ICC Power and Sail licence.
I have helped various open water swimmers both solo and relays, including driving and crewing for the world record Windermere relay and various solo swimmers on the lake.
Although my main interests are in water-based activities and open water swimming, I also work as a tour leader for Solos Holidays, accompanying groups on holidays around the globe.
I have over 25 years experience performing massage (sports and general) in salons, health spas and privately in the UK, as well as working with sports people of all abilities, up to and including world record level. In addition to taking care of all your therapeutic sports needs with Get Set 4 Swimming, I work at Ragdale Hall and Champneys Springs Health Hydro in Leicestershire massaging pro sports people as well as the general public.
As well as specializing in massage for both remedial and relaxation purposes, I provide Deep Tissue Massage to relieve your tight muscles in Open Water, Long Distance and Channel Swimming helping prevent possible injury. Over the years I have provided Pre and Post Event Sports Massage which help you prepare for any Open Water swim event as well as aiding your recovery.
My qualifications include an IIHHT Remedial Massage Diploma, IIHHT Sports Event Massage and IHBC and City and Guilds Body Massage Certificates. I look forward to meeting you soon
Hi I am Chloe Blaydon and compete in both pool and open water swimming. I have been swimming since the age of 3. I still enjoy swimming at Long Eaton Swimming Club where I also work on a weekly basis as a coach at the Club.
I am a NPLQ lifeguard, ASA Level 2 swimming instructor and also a Swim England Level 2 Swim Coach. I compete in Open Water Swimming in the World Championships in Spain and Italy and in England.
I have been swim teaching since 2015 and recently started my own swim school, teaching toddlers through to adults from learn to swim to stroke techniques.
I am very passionate about teaching and coaching. This passion has allowed me to develop the role of swim coordinator and also take the step forward by having my own swim school. I look forward to teaching you.
Hi, my name is Lauren Percy. I am a Level 2 Swimming Teacher and qualified NPLQ lifeguard. I swam competitively for Leicester Penguins Swimming Club for over 10 years and also coached voluntarily with them.
I have been teaching swimming for 4 years in Leisure Centres and private Swim Schools and have recently started teaching for Get Set 4 Success Swim School with Dr Julie Bradshaw MBE. I love to see the progression in confidence and skills in the swimmers that I teach. It is extremely rewarding.
I look forward to helping you progress and share our love for swimming.
Paul is a certified yoga teacher (200hr Yoga Alliance accredited and 80hr Sports Yoga (training in progress) with a background in competitive triathlon (World and European British Age Group level), fell running, ultra-distance running and various individual endurance challenges such as ‘The Lakesman Triathlon’ (combining a Windermere length swim, the ‘Fred Whitton’ cycle sportive and running the ‘Bob Graham Round’ non-stop in 44½ hours). Although no longer competing regular activities including cycling, climbing, skiing and surfing means he understands the multiple benefits that yoga can bring to body and mind, something he loves to share.
As Paul says: “Have you ever considered how yoga could enhance your sporting performance?
Competing and training for sports like swimming, cycling and running can be tough on our bodies, commonly developing tightness, tension and restrictive movement - tight hips, hunched shoulders, stiff necks, shortened hamstrings – do these sound familiar? Then yoga could be just what you need to open up your body, increase flexibility and improve your range of movement, structural fitness and core strength with the added benefits of improved focus and being less prone to sports related injuries.
Through a blend of sports specific and traditional yoga poses, breathing and relaxation techniques these classes will help you develop openness and flexibility, core strength, structural fitness and a clear mind. The perfect complement to your training regime.”
At Get Set 4 Swimming we definitely have to agree and are delighted to have Paul on board with us as the yoga for Sport Teacher.
It is a real pleasure to be part of the Get Set 4 Swimming Team
I am a professional yoga teacher with over 30 years experience. I trained with the British Wheel of Yoga and hold classes all over Leicestershire in my own studio, at Gyms, Ragdale Hall and local corporate companies. I am enthusiastic in my approach and encourage everyone to raise their own potential. When not working with swimmers, I have worked for several charities over the years including VISTA, RNIB, MS and coping with Cancer.
I am also a Holistic Therapist and in addition to Yoga Therapy, my skills include Reflexology, Reiki, Meridian Massage and Su Jok Hand and Foot acupuncture to name just a few.
My work has taken me all over the UK and internationally to the West Indies working at The Body Holiday – Le Sport in St Lucia. I presented a variety of Yoga classes and also worked with professional footballers and athletes. I also worked with the Diving School to develop a programme of yoga and meditation for the PADI certified courses with great success
I look forward to working with all you swimmers for great health, fitness and wellbeing
It's great to be part of the Team at Get Set 4 Swimming. I am a Level 3 Advanced Personal Trainer and have been involved in the industry for several years now having worked for some of the biggest health club chains in the country.I have experience of training from a variety of sporting backgrounds not just swimming including elite level cyclists, professional rugby players, mixed martial artists and also television actors to name but a few.
My specialism lies in high intensity circuit training and developing core strength which is so useful for all sports as well as swimming. You'll be glad to know that I always like to make my sessions varied, challenging and fun. Swimmers, you are in good hands with me and I look forward to working with you.
“There is an idea that when you believe you have reached your absolute limit, you have only tapped into about 40 percent of what you are truly capable of. The barrier isn’t the body. It is the mind.”
In my capacity as a mindset coach, with a background in distance cycling, running, and triathlon, my focus is on helping swimmers of all levels and abilities understand what goes into producing excellent performance, and how to consistently achieve their desired outcomes, both in and out of the water.
I am a firm believer that if you clear the obstacles in your way, you cannot not achieve your goals; and I have a passion for helping people discover their own untapped potential and hidden resources. People can, you know! I am excited about being part of the Get Set 4 Swimming team, and sharing my knowledge and experience of what it takes to be successful, to help you become the very best you can be.
Jim is an experienced triathlete and has competed for Great Britain at World and European triathlon championships (age group). He is a qualified triathlon coach and bike fitter. As well as his main sport, triathlon, Jim has done many other endurance sports including Open Water Swimming.
He has swam England's longest lake, Windermere 10.5 miles
and The Dart 10km to name a few.
Jim has rode the Etape du Tour from Mourenx to Pau through the Pyrenees, adventure raced in the Dolomites and cross country skied in Norway (not all on the same day!). When not on the ground or in water, Jim has been known to ascend many iconic climbs on his bike including Col de Colombiere, Alpe D'Huez, Grossglockner, Rococorba, Col de Marie Blanc, Col d'Aubisque and Col de Joux Plane.
As part of the Get Set 4 Swimming team Jim has been involved with various courses including Swim Clinics, Get Set 4 Success Swim School and Open Water and Channel Swimming Training Camps at Windermere. He has been coaching with the Get Set 4 Swimming Team for some time and has also swam and trained alongside lead coach, Julie Bradshaw.