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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

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Jane McCormick

World Record Holding Marathon Distance Open water swimmer

L2 Swim England Open Water qualified coach

ASA L2 swim teacher

Breathwork instructor

Jane is co - founder of Openswim UK 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.

Jane is an Oxygen advantage instructor and is currently training to become a certified Wim Hof instructor.


When she’s not swimming, Jane is a mum to Archie her eight year old son, Keena, his five 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.

Ask for Jane for:

Open water swimming for sport and wellness

Channel Swimming

Marathon and Endurance training plans

Guided breathwork for sport and wellness

Cold Water immersion

Bob Bolton 

Swim England Level 2 Swimming Teacher & Coach

Personal Trainer and Gym Instructor

IoS Swim England Coach Tutor

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 has swum every major lake in England and Wales (plus a few in Scotland!) and in his 61st year was part of a channel relay team that achieved the first successful crossing of the year in 2021.

 


He is a Swim England Level 2 qualified teacher/coach and one of a handful of qualified Open Water coaches in the country. In addition he is a Swim England IoS tutor delivering Level 1 and 2 Coach courses and the L2  open water swimming coach course. Bob is also the Chairman of Trafford Metro Swimming Club in South Manchester, where he coaches the Junior County 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 and open water representative.

 

He is also heads up the North West Region Masters committee and is a Board member of the NW Region committee as well as a Director of the NW Region Ltd. He has served an unprecedented 4 years in office as President of the Manchester & District Swimming & Water Polo Association. Bob is also a Swim England licensed swimming official for pool and open water qualified as a referee.

 

In 2020 Bob received the Cherriman Award from British Swimming for outstanding services to the British Masters swimming community.

Ask for Bob for:

Stroke analysis and technique

Training plans to achieve your goals

Strength and Conditioning

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Craig Ward

Swim England Level 3 Senior Coach

Swim England Cheshire County Coach

Certified Personal Trainer / Gym Instructor

Craig is currently Head Coach at Trafford Metro and an elite level coach of all abilities.

As a swimmer, Craig has been a regular at Nationals and as a master swimmer he holds both county and National records.

Craig is not only an excellent coach but also a highly accomplished swimmer.

Ask for Craig for:

Technique lessons

Training plans to achieve your goals

Strength and Conditioning

SWIIT

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 National short course breaststroke champion several times and the 50m and 100m British champion too.

Jo swims all year round and has completed most of UK's lakes, including Windermere. She was also a member of the first successful channel relay team in 2021.

In November 2021 she was selected to represent GB in the Ice Swimming World Championships. She has successfully completed an Ice Mile (swimming a mile in under 5 degree water) and is a qualified IISA official

Ask for Jo for:

Technique lessons and training plans

Ice swimming and extreme cold water swimming

Training for events

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