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, I hadn’t swam since my accident (over 3 years ago) and felt pretty intimated at my rather lacking ability. However, the moment I arrived I was put fully at ease. Jim was welcoming, passionate and genuinely interested in my thoughts and aspirations. We had a bit of a walk round before our session; I was blown away with the facilities. The lake and barn are stunning and finished to an incredibly high standard. The room and water were lovely and warm and the technology was just amazing – it meant I could fully focus on learning, with no distractions. The coaching itself was mind blowing, in a good way! Jim (and Adam when he popped in) was extremely knowledge, had a great eye for the details and made every step achievable and, most importantly, fun! The level of encouragement and correction was spot on and, for me, being able to have instant visual feedback with the video analysis made all the difference. I could not believe the difference in my swimming, after just 1 hour. I went from feeling out of breath after about 5 strokes to wanting to carry on swimming all night! The videos, commentary and drills as a take home were delivered efficiently and I’m sure will be massively helpful in the coming weeks … I can’t wait to start practicing and get in the lake! Thank you!

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