So, just had a swim. WOW. So much easier. Much more confident. Remembered everything you’ve said. Ordered float. Bum and legs were up today! You’d be proud, Done 1200m with ease. If it wasn’t for such a ridiculously busy pool I’d still be swimming!! Thank you so much!! You’re awesome.
BEN COLABELLA (Ex Marine and Triathlete)
Thank you very much for yesterday, the session has rekindled my desire to improve my swimming and I will be at the pool this lunchtime and again on Thursday.
GLENN HARVEY (Triathlete)
Thanks very much for today’s session. I came away from this with so much and made even though they were little steps, leaps forward, this has boosted my self confidence as it was relaxed, making me feel at ease. I will go away and put this into practice. Thanks once again.
AIDEN SMITH (Triathlete)
In 2014 I set myself the goal of swimming 6 miles in open water for charity. I have always had a weak breast stroke and once I practised in my swimming wetsuit I quickly realised it would be an impossible task unless I learned front crawl. This was just 8 weeks before the challenge. Yes that’s correct, 8 weeks. I was told by many experienced swimmers this was impossible but after only 2 lessons with Kim I did it. She gave me confidence as well as fabulous technique. I wish I had learned years ago. Plus I now have a love of open water swimming. Cannot speak highly enough of Kim. Don’t put it off like I did. I know I go on but I still feel amazed at how (she) did it. I don’t want to wax too lyrical but the story says it all. (She is) awesome!!
ROWAN HULL (Charity Fundraiser)
I have used The services of Kim for a couple of one to one swim technique sessions in the endless pool and can honestly say it has made a massive difference to my swimming. Fine tuning my stroke and plenty of feedback too. I have also joined the winter group technique sessions too and they are also very good. Concentrating on each part of the stroke with plenty of drills to practice. Kim’s open water timed swims last summer were brilliant with a great friendly bunch of swimmers of all abilities. Perfect for practicing for triathlons. Over all my swimming has improved massively this past 12 months thanks to Kim. If you’re looking to improve your swimming then look no further than KimOSwim.
WAYNE MAYER (Ironman Triathlete)
Having come into triathlon from a non swim background I have been lucky enough to experience the services that Kim offers, such as a one to one session in the endless pool and the timed open water swim sessions at Lake 31. Kim has a great motivational and enthusiastic approach. I have found her knowledge of the front crawl technique, and ability to adapt this to any learning style, has enabled me to become more confident and enjoy this first discipline of triathlon.
CHARLIE ILES (Triathlete and Cross Trainer)
As a self-taught swimmer I had no idea whether my stroke was decent or riddled with bad habits. After just a few coaching sessions with Kim she’s streamlined my stroke and taught me some essential drills to prevent poor form creeping back. My stroke is now much more efficient and my pace considerably quicker. The open water swim of the triathlon has always filled me with dread. Kim’s session on how to master open water was a massive boost to my confidence. Not only does she guide you through the swim and the stroke in the open water but also gives invaluable advice about spotting, safety, acclimatising to the temperature, breathing techniques, mass participant starts and swimming in a pack. I realised it wasn’t the swim that terrified me but all these other uncertainties that you face outside of the pool. After her session I’m able to put her skills into practice and dare I say… I now love the open water over the chlorine any day! A kind, wise and nurturing teacher – thank you!
ABIGAIL HARRADINE (Triathlete)
Kim has been my physio since around 2005/6 and when, in 2013, I mentioned I had entered my first ever triathlon, which happened to be Wimbleball 70.3…she strongly suggested some coaching. “I surf – it’ll be no problem” I said, so I went to keep her quiet and soon discovered grunt and effort is no substitute over technique. I persevered and finished in the top 3rd of swimmers at Wimbleball, took 20-25 seconds off my 100mtr time and reduced my stroke count down per length by 4-5 strokes. 2015 now sees me doing my first full IM Sweden, and so I signed for Kim’s winter 6 monthly coaching sessions, which are pure tekkers and really help, and I threw a 121 on the endless pool in as I knew something wasn’t quite right – and with the help of video, Kim instantly spotted the problem and corrected it and paid me the ultimate compliment, after 2 years…”Andy you’re starting to look like a swimmer!” Ha Ha……….. Now if any of my friends say ‘I cant swim very well’, whether its for leisure or competition, I simply let them have Kim’s details….” “Thanks for the videos! Nice reference to go back to! Really chuffed with today so thank you very much Kim!
ANDY BARHAM (Ironman Triathlete, Mountain Biker, Surfer)
I’ve known Kim for a number of years as a member of the same tri club and as a regular swimmer at the Cheltenham Sandord Lido. She is a fantastically inspiring person through her own swimming achievements and experience and through her infectious enthusiasm. I attended several of the open water time trial swims last summer (2014) which were really well organised and a great way of tracking individual progress through the summer season. I’m looking forward to attending the first one of the 2015 Season on 29 April at Lake 31. I am currently attending the six Winter Swim Technique sessions which take place once each month through the winter (2014-2015). Kim has designed a progressive set of sessions building on different parts of the front crawl stroke. She is able to demonstrate and communicate with professionalism and good humour! She is adept at picking up individual faults through stroke analysis and giving specific advice on how to make corrections. There’s hope for me yet!
SALLY POLL (Ironman and Triathlete)