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.

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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


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, we 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 – we can take private group bookings.* 

We 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 adventures, 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 crawl?


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

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?

We are very much hoping to be able to run the event again in 2022. We plan to open entries in late 2021. We are currently waiting to see what the Covid-19 situation is in terms of restrictions before making final decisions about event duration and capacity. 

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 late summer 2021, when we should have a better idea of what Covid-19 restrictions will be in place. 

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?

You can find my blog page

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.

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