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?

The next Scottish Winter Swimming Championships is at Taymouth Marina on 6th March 2021.
Of course, at this stage, it is impossible to know what the virus situation will be like in early 2021, but it has been important to get a date in the diary and hopefully we will have something to look forward to!

We hope to open entries in November 2020 as by then we should have a better idea of whether or not the competition can go ahead, and what form it will have to take. 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 LinkedIn if you want to follow all the latest updates as they happen! (link to each)

Alternatively, you can sign up to my newsletter (link to mailchimp newsletter)


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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