Certified Ocean Walker Technique Coach (L1)
STA L2 Award Swimming Teacher

Jim Read born 7th Feb 1987, Mechanical engineer for 14 years, had a freak accident while at work and suffered multiple vertebrae fractures, multiple prolapsed discs, and spinal cord compression.
Jim learned how to walk again once feeling was gained back into his legs and was advised to book in to see Adam Walker in 2018 for his first Ocean Walker Technique lesson. Jim went from struggling to walk and swimming one length of a 30m pool to taking on a 10km lake district swim / Coniston end to end / English Channel relay and Jersey to France relay. Jim now swims effortlessly with zero pain in his lower back and has his sights set on a Jersey to France 2way attempt and an English Channel solo attempt in 2022 / 2023 thanks to the Ocean Walker Technique.

As a qualified Ocean Walker Technique coach, Jim is available for 1-1 lessons at the Ocean Walker Academy in Lincolnshire and you will also find him supporting Adam Walker on Ocean Walker swim camps Worldwide.

Steve Smith Ocean Walker Technique Coach L1

Five Hour Session

A huge thanks to Jim for taking the five hour one on one session The time flew by it felt like 30 minutes not five hours He ran through the five stages very well and explained it in easy to understand terms I would totally recommend oceanwalker to anyone wishing to improve or learn their front crawl Off to practice now and then back for a top up in a few months Thanks Phil

Philip Johns

Another stage closer

Thanks to Jim for a great session on Friday. It was worth booking the extra time to concentrate on the drills. I am really enjoying my Ocean Walker journey and getting another step closer to achieving my swimming goals.

Katherine Anne Schimmel

A swimming revelation!

I have recently retired(ish) and was so excited to have time to swim again,only to find that I couldn’t get anywhere in open water with my out of date front crawl ,and after 40 years of a career that is notorious for neck and back issues, if I did manage 25 m I was stiff for days afterwards. I was recommended to the Ocean Walker technique by some-one swimming locally to me, who had been watching me struggle. I had… Read more “A swimming revelation!”

Karen Lorenzen

Awesome time in the endless pool

Beyond my expectations, the teaching provided by Jim was professional and precise. The video sequences allowed me to put myself in context. Too bad I stay in Canada because I would practice with you until I reach perfection. That said, I can’t wait to get back to work to perfect the technique in my hometown. thanks again you are amazing From Lisbon Bob

Robert Dionne

A Great Place To Learn

I would really like to thank the Ocean Walker Team for a fantastic coaching session on Friday. I had initially been viewing the lessons on Vimeo and had got to a point where I understood the stoke but needed guidance. Attending a swim camp a few weeks ago reaffirmed the importance of the drills and how critical it is to get the basics right. Then on Friday had a full 5 hours coaching with Jim which was invaluable, the coaching… Read more “A Great Place To Learn”

Steve Saunders


It was with some trepidation that I booked a 3 hour 1-to-1 with Jim Read. I’m overweight, unfit and not a strong swimmer; 3 hours sounded like a long time. I needn’t have worried. This wasn’t a swimathon, but rather an extremely well structured and run educational session. It was clear that the 5 hour session would actually have been fine, even for a poor swimmer like me. Jim is clearly an enthusiast, but he uses this to motivate and… Read more “Transformational”

Graham Hutchison

Great Experience

I’ve just finished my second session with Jim. I have a medical issue with my arms that has stopped me swimming crawl for a few years ( and have never been able to maintain it for any distance), so I decided to book the split sessions rather than the 5 hours all in one. I was hoping to be able to learn a technique that will allow me to swim crawl without putting too much pressure on my arms. I… Read more “Great Experience”

Becky Aspinall

3 hour starter session “Mini” with Jim Read

I recently did the 3 hour starter session “Mini” with Jim Read at The Ocean Walker Academy, I usually swim “head up breaststroke” and have only a very basic/novice front crawl which was much in need of improvement! Having seen the technique developed by Adam Walker, and seen the obvious advantages to his technique, it made complete sense to give it a go. Booking the lesson was very simple to do online, the booking system also gave me the opportunity… Read more “3 hour starter session “Mini” with Jim Read”

Rachel Westbury

Starter session ‘The Works’

I really enjoyed my Ocean Walker experience with Jim Read. The session was fun and Jim put me at ease very quickly. He was very encouraging and enthusiastic that I should do well. I thought I had a reasonably good front crawl technique but I can see how the ocean Walker technique when performed well can make huge improvements to my swimming ability. I have arthritis in my spine and other joints and the ability to swim in a more… Read more “Starter session ‘The Works’”

Jackie Dale

What an incredible experience!

I have long wanted to improve my swimming, but didn’t know where to start. The Ocean Walker Academy was recommended by a sea swimming friend and after having a bit of a Google it sounded ideal. Being hypermobile and having had surgery on a broken collar bone a few years ago I wanted a way to swim which is efficient and low impact and I was intrigued by their technique. I was pretty apprehensive when booking my 1:1 coaching session,… Read more “What an incredible experience!”

Susan Shearer

Superb facilities and coaches

I first came to Ocean Walker Academy in September 2021 for a open water taster, I thoroughly enjoyed this session and continued swimming until Mid October. I then took a break and came back in January after reading a inspirational quote by Adam on Facebook which basically said live outside your comfort zone. So I started to say ‘yes’ to more things, I have been swimming in the lake since then. Yesterday, I had a 1-1 session with Jim to… Read more “Superb facilities and coaches”

Sally Taphouse

A Swimming Lesson with Jim Read

On the 3rd June 2022 I had a 5 hour lesson with Jim Read to learn the Ocean Walker technique. I can swim breaststroke to a fashion but have never really managed to master swimming the front crawl stroke. We started at 9.00am and both got straight into the indoor endless pool where we stayed for the full five hours which went by so quickly. Jim teaches the technique in stages and makes sure you are competent and happy at… Read more “A Swimming Lesson with Jim Read”

Tony Lavin

Game Changer

As a keen open water swimmer I have several long distance challenge events lined up for later in the year but I have been plagued with an ongoing and recurring shoulder injury which was causing me concern. Added to that my stroke was neither efficient or effective and it was most certainly not aesthetically pleasing! Quite by chance I happened across Adam’s story and the Ocean Walker Academy website. I was blown away by Adam’s mesmerising stroke and how easy… Read more “Game Changer”

Justine O'Neill

Turning a thrashing windmill into a relaxed swimmer

A fantastic hour session with Jim each for me and my 75+ year old mother. We really learned loads with Jim. He was very clear and kept us learning for the full hour. Great to have the post session feedback youtube videos – incredible useful Big thanks Jim!

Paul Read

Starter session for Ocean Walker technique, with Jim Read.

I have always found conventional front crawl technique very tiring and energy sapping but the Ocean Walker Technique is really a revelation, as it is so effective and efficient and I do not suffer no back and neck pain after swimming already Read more “Starter session for Ocean Walker technique, with Jim Read.”

Kevin Todd

Completely speechless and so excited!

Not sure if Jim realises just how much this is going to change my life and I cannot thank him, Adam and Gemma enough for all their reassurance and kindness. I looked like a dying duck when I first swam yesterday but with Jim’s patience and reassurance felt I acheived so much by the end of the session. Read more “Completely speechless and so excited!”

Tammie Richards


  • 10k Open Water Swim - Lake District
  • Coniston End to End
  • English Channel Relay
  • Jersey to France Channel Relay


All abilities welcome, whether you are a complete beginner or advanced.
The lesson will take place in an indoor heated endless pool (like a running machine for swimming).
If you have not had a session with an Ocean Walker Technique coach before, then you will require a STARTER SESSION as your first booking (see LESSONS page for further information on what this means).
This session takes you through each stage that builds up the Ocean Walker Technique so you learn how to position your body more efficiently in the water and how to use core muscles to power your swim.
This will give you a lot to work with following your session, but we do always recommend a follow-up once you have had chance to put what you have learned to practice in your own time.
Working through the stages and positioning to get you started with the Ocean Walker Technique (requires follow-up sessions).
If you have had a lesson with one of our OWT coaches before or participated an Ocean Walker Swim Camp, then this is a good option to continue your progression.
Learn other swim techniques such as BREASTSTROKE and BACKSTROKE.
Also good as a regular follow-up session option in the Ocean Walker Technique.

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