Paul Fowler BA (Hons), CMS, AEA is our resident swim coach and is qualified to deliver swim coaching to the highest standards. Working in partnership with Activities Away, Paul provides a fantastic range of personal and group open water swimming lessons and courses. Paul also takes a lead on our Swim & Aquathon event series and the Cold Water Swim Club.

We grabbed him after a swim session to ask some questions, here is what he had to say…

When did you first start to teach swimming?

I gained my first professional swimming teaching qualification in 1992 (Amateur Swimming Association – Swimming Teacher), I had actually been teaching for four years previous to that as a probationary teacher. So all in all I have about 25 years of swim teaching experience.

What other qualifications do you hold?

I hold numerous qualifications and they are as diverse as a Mountain Leaders Certificate and Volleyball Coach but the relevant list when working at the lake is, ASA Swimming Teacher (Level 2), Member of Institute of Swimming, Royal Life Saving Society (RLSS) Lifeguard Trainer & Assessor, RLSS Open Water Safety Instructor, BSA Surfing Instructor, BTF Level 2 Open Water

In addition, I personally hold a Lifeguard qualification, Open Water Safety qualification, First Aid at Work Certificate and an enhanced CRB check.

What activity do you enjoy the most?

When it comes to taking part I will generally have a go at anything. This year I have already represented Activities Away at The UK Cold Water Swimming Championships. Swimming in 0.5c (non-wetsuit) I managed to get a couple of medals, Freestyle Sprint and the Endurance event.

In 2013 I will be competing in the IUTA sanctioned UK Double Ironman – as this involves just about 300 miles of racing it should be a good day out!

How can we benefit from all this knowledge and experience?

Easy, just pop along to the lake to find out what we can offer, or browse the website and send us an email. I enjoy delivering to small groups and private ‘one to one’ sessions for anyone and everyone. It’s great when I see beginners enjoying the water and progressing just as much as having elite swimmers and top class triathletes that I have coached come away from national championships with medals. So you are sure to find something that suits your current ability level.

Everything seems to be swimming related – are you’re feet webbed?

That’s a great question – I have to check daily just in case! All of my work, with swimmers and triathletes, local triathlon clubs and even event delivery is 100% swimming! As an ex national league swimmer and GB Surf Lifesaver I guess it was always going to be hard to break from my roots.