Frequently asked Questions

I often get messages from curious members of the public or potential swim-guests into my inbox – be that on Facebook, email or another platform. As an individual, who adores being out in the water, at times it can take me a day or two to respond.

To try and help out with enquiries in the meantime, I have put together a handy FAQ page!

You can have a wee read through to see if your question is answered here, but if it’s not, don’t panic – I will aim to get back to you within 48 hours.

When does the open water swimming season tend to start and finish?

The good news is SwimWild operates all year round - View Calendar

However, there are some activities which are more seasonal. Below is a typical breakdown of events and dates.

June - July - August
Open Water Swimming Lessons -
1-hour lessons for people with some cold water experience
30-minute lessons for people with less/no cold water experience
Private swim adventure guiding - suitable for all levels of experience

May and September (start of October)
Open Water Swimming Lessons -
30-minute lessons for people with cold water experience only
Private swim adventure guiding - suitable for people with some cold water experience only

Late October - End of March
Winter Swimming Workshops and Events

Where are you based and where do you teach?

SwimWild is based in the Cairngorms National Park in the Scottish Highlands. Regular coaching open water locations include Loch Morlich Beach and Loch Insh Outdoor Centre.

Can I book an individual coaching session, if yes, how?

Yes – certainly. Whether you would like to improve your front crawl technique, progress from the pool to the open water, or gain confidence in wild swimming, I can work with you on your individual requirements.

For more information on one-to-one coaching, including costs involved, visit here.

Do you accept group bookings?

Yes, absolutely - I can take private group bookings.*

I can organise additional dates of most courses/workshops/short adventures for small groups.
If you have a group of 4 or more people and would like to arrange an alternative date please get in touch.

*Some group booking arrangements may alter at the moment due to government COVID-19 guidelines.

Where can I find information on bookings and availability?

You can search on the website for a list of group adventure ( , individual coaching ( and events (

Each activity is updated with availability on the information page. If you are in any doubt, you can contact me on

Can you help me with my front call?


In open water, I can help you improve your front crawl technique, either starting from scratch or helping you fine-tune your stroke to improve your efficiency and speed in the water.

I also offer front crawl technique workshops in the pool with video analysis

I heard that you run events during the year, where can I find out more about these?

That’s right! We often have events for individuals and groups to take part in, to stay up to date with these you can check out our event page, here.

What kit do I need?

Good question! I have these handy PDF downloads for you to have a look at which will help you prepare.

Open Water Lessons/ Introduction to Open Water Swimming Courses

Pool Coaching / Front Crawl Technique Workshops 

Guided Swimming Adventures 

Winter Swimming Workshops 

When do entries to the Scottish Winter Swimming Championships open?


2021 EVENT CANCELLED - It is with a very heavy heart that I have to announce that unfortunately, the Scottish Winter Swimming Championships will not be taking place in March 2021 as we had originally hoped.

Seeing so many swimmers from all over the world take part in the 2020 event was a real highlight for SwimWild and the decision to cancel the event in 2021 has not been taken lightly.

When planning an event such as this, we have to consider not only the organisational aspects in terms of the uncertain times we find ourselves in, but most importantly we have to consider the participants and event volunteers health and safety.

As we all know too well, COVID-19 has thrown a spanner in the works this year and it is difficult to plan an event at the moment with guidance changing so often.

I understand many of you will be hugely disappointed but let’s look to the future and aim towards an incredible comeback event in 2022!

Please keep an eye on the SwimWild website and social media pages and subscribe to our email list for updates.

When will tickets for the SwimWild Highland Gathering go on sale?

The next SwimWild Highland Gathering is scheduled for 1st - 4th October 2021. We will open bookings in early summer 2021.

As always, with limited accommodation available on-site, if you would like to reserve a room in the main house or one of the glamping options before the tickets go on sale, get in touch! Any deposits paid will be fully refunded if the event cannot go ahead or shifted to a new date if the event has to be postponed. 

Please keep an eye out for updates closer to the time.

Is there somewhere I can stay up to date with your latest news?

I'm glad you asked!

You can find my blog page, here

I also have Facebook, Instagram and Twitter if you want to follow all the latest updates as they happen! 

Alternatively, you can sign up to the SwimWild newsletter, here. 

I would like to book an adventure, but I am worried about Covid-19, that is your booking policy regarding this?

I can understand your hesitation on booking, it’s unprecedented times that we find ourselves in and with this said, it can be really difficult to plan ahead!

So what will happen if your booking is affected by the COVID-19 guidelines?

• If you would like to keep your booking I can move you onto the new dates or the same trip next year - your deposit will simply be transferred over to next years trip.
• If there is another SwimWild trip you like the look of, I can transfer your booking onto that trip instead.
• Deposits could also be used towards bespoke trips or private guiding in the Cairngorms.

If none of the options above suits you, you are welcome to a full refund of your deposit. Hopefully, this allows piece of mind when booking with SwimWild!

I have searched through your website and FAQs but I can't source the answer to my question(s)?

No problem - don’t be hesitant to contact me if you need any assistance, my email address is

Please note, I may take 24-48 hours to respond as I spend a lot of time out on the water and away from my computer - thank you for your patience!



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