Meet The Team
Swim England Open Water Coach & Aquatics Teacher
Swimming has been a big part of life for me for many years with lots of competitive swimming as a youngster moving onto triathlon events over 20 years ago, and numerous open water swims, Masters and Age Group competitions and swum National Arena League relay for my club as recently as 2019. I also played Water Polo whilst at school and then later with Bridport Water Polo Club. I have been open water sea swimming and training in and around Devon and Dorset and particularly Lyme Regis on Dorset's beautiful Jurassic Coast as long as I can remember and I taught my children to swim here who are both very accomplished swimmers. It's a great place to swim throughout the year and enjoy the variety of conditions we get here.
I also enjoy Kitesurfing and windsurfing and love to get out on the board when swimming conditions are, well not that great although this swimming video was shot on quite a big day!
Video AUTUMN SWIMMING
A lot of my time now is spent with swimmers of all ages who are perhaps slightly nervous about the marine environment or who wish to experience the buzz and physical and mental benefits open water swimming offers. I enjoy motivating and encouraging adults who perhaps would like to revisit or take up activities which will help improve fitness, provide long term health benefits and a feeling of well being.
I also enjoy working with young swimmers just starting out on their swimming journey or those at Club and Regional level, from the local Swimming Club, where I am part of the coaching team.
Mentoring young triathletes competing in the South West Triathlon Championships and National Super Series is another area I am passionate about. I am also involved with coaching various Masters groups who are in training for pool competition, open water events and charity swim challenges (River Dart 10K, Bantham Swoosh, Burgh Island Swim, Bournemouth Pier to Pier, Exmoor Swim, Lyme Splash) or Age Group Triathlons of varying distance from Sprint to Ironman (Weymouth 70.3, IRONMAN Wales, IRONMAN Nice and CHALLENGE Mallorca). I take great enjoyment and satisfaction from seeing my swimmers progress and acheive the results they are looking for.
I am a fully qualified Swim England Open Water Coach and Level 2 Aquatics Teacher and a member of the Institute of Swimming with a Safeguarding in Sport Certificate – Sport England and enhanced DBS certificate. I have 20 years coaching experience and an extensive experience of coaching swimmers from novice to elite as Juniors and adults and I have also worked with Para swimmers in the open water who are focussing on swim challenges and Triathlon.
All my sessions and operations are commercially insured, risk accessed and thoughtfully planned and prepared taking into account the conditions, knowledge, age and ability of the group or individual and managed effectively and carefully to provide a safe and enjoyable learning environment for all abilities and age groups and follow the sports’ code of Ethics and National Guidelines.
Ben’s passion for swimming, fitness and coaching is obvious and some may say “a chip off the old block”. He is a competitive club swimmer at County level and has been part of the National Arena League squad since the age of 11. In 2017 and 2018 he gained first position at the South West Regional Open Water Championships in the 17-18 yrs category, gaining a National qualifying entry time. More recently (2019, 2021 & 2022) he has competed at the BUCS long and short course championships for his University team, the University of St Mark and St Johns in Plymouth where he acheived a First Class honours degree in Sport Coaching and Physical Education and is now doing a Masters in Coaching and Mentoring and is Captain of Swimming. He is also a Level 2 Strength & Conditioning Coach and competed in Triathlon, including the South West Triathlon Championships achieving top placings in his age group.
Ben is a qualified Swim England assistant coach and is dedicated to helping his swimmers progress with innovative and progressive programmes. He is also an RNLI qualified Senior Beach Lifeguard covering Lyme Regis, West Bay and Weymouth. He has been involved in rescues, multiple first aid events and the location of missing persons for which his qualifications in casualty care (Advanced first aid), All-Terrain vehicle and Inshore rescue boat crew all come in very useful and a real asset to the Lyme Bay Swimming crew with lifeguard provision for swimmers when off duty from the RNLI.
"Just wanted to say a massive thank you. I did 1000m tonight putting together everything you have taught me and it was the fastest swim I have ever done. Really enjoying the sessions and seeing the improvements." - Andrew D.
"Thanks for all your advice and technical feedback. It really helped me become much more efficient in the water." Simon S. Taunton
I like to set myself a challenge now and then… last year it was mono skiing, this year I wanted to be able to learn to swim properly - little did I know that Malcolm is a swimming teacher as well as a Spinning guru!! Poor chap had to start me off on sink downs in the deep end and bubble blowing under water! But thanks to him, I swam the tide assisted 6km Bantham Swoosh in the summer. Not only did he get me doing the crawl in the pool, and then in the sea, but he also helped source prescription goggles and the best fitting swim wetsuit - thank you Malcolm. SJL, Taunton.