At Openswim UK, we pride ourselves in having the most experienced, qualified coaching team in the North West.
In the team, we have world record holders both in open water and in the pool.

Open Swim UK run 6 sessions of open water swimming every week between April and September at Sale Water Park and then Winter Swims from November - March

We just love swimming and especially in open water.
We are dedicated to promoting the physical and mental benefits of our sport, helping swimmers improve their technique and providing a safe, friendly environment to share the joy of open water swimming.
Whether it’s your first time in open water or you’re training for a big event, we can help you on your way.

About Us

Jane McCormick

World Record Holding Marathon Distance Open water swimmer

L2 Swim England Open Water qualified coach

ASA L2 swim teacher

Experienced breathwork practitioner

Jane is founder of Openswim and one of the most recognised open water swimmers in the north west having completed a number of prestigious swims both in the UK and around the world.

She has swum the English Channel solo and is a member of the team that hold the world record for the fastest two-way and three way English Channel crossings.


She has swum around Manhattan Island, raced in New Zealand and swum Windermere over 20 times as well as swimming the full length there and back.

In addition, Jane has swum the lengths of Loch Lomond, Loch Earn, Coniston, Ullswater and various smaller swims.


When she’s not swimming, Jane is a mum to Archie her eight year old son, Keena, his four year old sister and Annie, who was the newest addition to the Openswim team in January 2021.

 


Being a mum, Jane knows how difficult it can be to juggle family, work and sporting aspirations so feel free to contact her for advice on how to build your training plans around your commitments.

Contact Jane for:

Open water swimming for sport and wellness

Marathon and Endurance training plans

Guided breathwork for sport and wellness

Cold Water immersion

General OpenswimUK queries

Bob Bolton 

Swim England Level 2 Swimming Teacher & Coach

Bob has been swimming in lakes, seas, oceans and swimming pools for over 50 years. He has competed throughout most of this time mainly as a swimmer but also as a triathlete and still competes as a Masters swimmer to this day. In his younger days he also played national league water polo.
He is an Swim England Level 2 qualified teacher/coach and one of a handful of qualified Open Water coaches in the country. In addition he is involved with the Swim England tutor programme for open water swimming. Bob is also the Chairman of Trafford Metro Swimming Club in South Manchester, where he coaches the Youth squad. He also coaches and swims with the Masters squad on a shared basis with his swimming wife Jo (herself a level 3 swimming coach and Open Swim UK coach) preparing swimmers for pool based and open water competition. The Masters group is one of the country's top teams boasting numerous World, European and British record holders.
Bob is an elected member of the Cheshire Swimming Executive, sits on the Cheshire swimming committee and is the Cheshire Masters swimming secretary. He is also a member of the North West Region Masters committee and a former President of the Manchester & District Swimming & Water Polo Association. Bob is also an ASA licensed swimming official qualified as a referee and a Level 1 Open Water official. He also has IoS membership.

Sam Farrow 

Swim England Level 2 Open Water Coach

Swim England L2 teacher

Sam was a competitive swimmer both in the pool and the open water performing at county level throughout her teenage years.

 

Sam is one of a handful of level 2 qualified Open Water Coaches in the UK as well as a NPLQ lifeguard and member of the IoS.
 

Sam is an outstanding swimmer and swims all year round with her sights on an ice mile in 2021 and the English Channel in 2023.

She has been a valued member of the OpenswimUK team since our second season and regularly is seen delivering lessons and courses down at the lake or providing safety briefings to new swimmers.

Ask for Sam for:

Technique lessons and confidence in the Open Water

The mental benefits of cold water swimming

Mastering breathing in swimming

Jo Bolton

Swim England L3 Coach

Swim England L2 Open Water Coach

L2 Sport and Recreation

L1 Athletics Coach


Jo is one of a handful of level three coaches in the UK and has taught and coached swimmers of all abilities.

 

As a swimmer, Jo is exceptional and swam competitively until age 20 even competing at Olympic trials in 1986. 


In 1985, she qualified as a swimming teacher having taught all ages from toddlers to adults over many years.


Jo also holds a powerboat level 2 and sub-aqua open water diving certificate as well as being an NPLQ lifeguard and member of the IoS.

She was head coach of Trafford Metro Swimming club up until 2011 and still swims and competes as a masters swimmer for Trafford Metro Masters and has been the 50m 100m and 200m short course breastroke champion several times and the 50m and 100m British champion too.

Jo swims all year round and has completed various lakes in the UK such as Windermere.

Recently, Jo became an ice 'Jedi' by swimming over 193km in temperatures below 9degrees between November 2020 and March 2021.

Ask for Jo for:

Technique lessons and training plans

Ice swimming and extreme cold water swimming

Training for events