Based in scenic Milford on Sea, and catering for all ages, abilities, and levels!
Offering intro to sea swimming, competitive and advanced swimming, and everything in between! STA Level 2 Qualified Swim Teacher, STA Level 2 Open Water Swim Coach, RLSS Open Water Lifeguard, former Red Cross Beach Lifeguard in the USA.
-Group fun swims
-Sea swimming and beach safety awareness
-Swimming for fitness
-Sea swimming techniques
-General advice and best places to swim in the New Forest area
Discounts available for return customers and block bookings.
We believe the sea should be safe for everyone. Open water swimming is a highly inclusive activity full of welcoming smiles (and occasional shivers!). Please don't hesitate to get in touch any hesitations, worries about body shape or size, lack of confidence or experience, accessibility concerns, or even concerns about paying. We can help you.
Our goal is to get you swimming confidently and safely.
About Courtney Shannon:
I was raised by the sea.
With a background in environmental management and sustainability, I aim to connect people to the environment through swimming. Born in California, I could swim before I
could walk. At a young age my family
relocated to New Jersey. Here I spent my summers learning how to swim with the
waves. Winters were spent training as
part of various swim teams, but the summer’s seas were home for me.
never lived more than a mile from water, and spending 7 years as a seafarer, near
the water is where I belong. I hope to inspire others to love the water, and feel safe in the seas.
See you in the sea!
All sessions will be held at
Hordle Cliff Beach in Milford on Sea unless arranged otherwise. There is a pay
and display car park with toilet facilities and a takeaway café (both of which
may or may not be open during your session). You will likely get a parking fine
if you don’t pay for parking, or are not parked on the road legally.
Please arrive on time, and ready
to swim for the start of your session.
Sessions begin and end on time, as there may be others waiting for
sessions after yours.
If at any time you are
uncomfortable, cold, feeling tired, feeling unwell, feeling unsure, it is
important that you communicate this. Cold water swimming has risks, and it is
important to communicate your feelings so that you are kept safe.
Essential items list:
Goggles and swimming cap if you are planning to
do front crawl. I have extras available for purchase at my cost price (usually
purchased from Decathlon). I cannot loan these due to hygienic reasons.
Hot drink if it’s a cold day
Hot water bottle if it’s a cold day. I recommend
wrapping your post-swim clothing around the hot water bottle, and then placing
this bundle in an insulated bag.
Ocean safe sunscreen (not all sunscreens are
safe for the ocean, some are pollutants!)
Lots of layers to wear after your swim. Several loose fitting layers are better than
tight clothes. Don’t forget hats and gloves too!
Wetsuits, neoprene socks, neoprene gloves, changing
robes… these are all personal choice, and entirely up to you on what you are
Tow floats… a good idea for doing front crawl,
but not mandatory for supervised lessons.
If swimming on your own or with a group, these are an excellent idea and
every swimmer should have one. They are
not lifesaving devices, but do make you more visible to other swimmers,
boaters, fishermen, etc. If using a tow
float, please write your phone number on it in case you are separated from it.
If it is found later, you might get it back, and it saves the RNLI from having
to search for you in the sea when you are safe on land.
Lastly, bring an enthusiastic attitude!
Spectators, cameras, and dogs are
welcome as Hordle Cliff is a public space.
Anyone can listen to your safety brief or post swim de-brief. There is
no extra charge for this.