Open Water Swim Coaching


1-2-1 and Small Group Coaching

Richard and his team of experienced swimming and triathlon coaches provide open water swim tuition from their base at Bray Lake Watersports in Maidenhead. Richard and the team of outstanding coaches have all been working together to bring you the best open water coaching available.

One to one coaching is ideal for novices seeking some additional assistance in acclimatising to the open water environment and learning the essential open water swim skills.

Depending on your needs, our coaches can provide coaching one-to-one or small group sessions (groups must be of similar ability) covering topics from wetsuit and goggle fit to starts, sighting, turns and transitions. Our coaches are very experienced with assisting novices open water swimmers with becoming accustomed to the open water swim environment.  Prices range from £60 – £100 for one to one lessons. (see below)

You will need the following equipment:

» Swimsuit, goggles and swim hat
» Wetsuit (one can be hired for £12 for the session)
» Towel
» Vaseline or Slip Stick to avoid wetsuit rash!

Open Water Swim Coaches

Richard Stannard aka ‘The Shark’ or ‘The Fish’ is a seven time World Champion in multi-sport and led the elite triathlon world out of the water for over a decade. Originally a swimmer Richard had a career as an elite triathlete for over 15 years. Richard has the ability to coach any level of swimmer from the complete beginner to the pro athlete.

To book a session with Richard please call Jas on 07511 501312

AVAILABLE: Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday mornings from May to September

COST: £100 per session (includes lake entry)


Jonny Openshaw is an ex-international swimmer & ASA qualified swim coach with a Sports Science Degree from Loughborough (swimming alongside Richard Stannard and to-date a faster 1,500m time…).  In addition to his swim coaching, Jonny trained and worked as a personal trainer before moving into management and is currently General Manager of Fitness First Hammersmith.  Coaching triathletes and open water swimmers, from novice to those looking for a season PB, with excellent successes.  Previously, a small claim to fame is that he coached the coach of the Brownlee brothers.  Jonny’s own personal recent successes are:  “The Swim” – a celeb/charity swim across the Irish Sea, The UK 70.3 in 2012, “The Race To Midnight”  (Charity Triathlon from Isle of Wight to Central London) and completing the English Channel in a team relay in 2015.  Jonny enjoys getting results with clients, so why not give it a go? (you will only get improvements!)

To book a session with ‘Jonny O’ please call Jas on 07511 501312

AVAILABLE: Tuesday and Thursday evenings and Saturday and Sunday mornings from May to September

COST: £60 per session (includes lake entry)