My Story

Hi, thanks for coming to my page. here is a little about my jouney to starting Fish 2 water

I am a former competitive pool swimmer, gaining a swimming scholarship to University in the USA in 1997. As one of 14 internationals alongside 26 Americans I enjoyed my years of collegiate competition. I competed in mostly longer distance pool events 500yd, 1000yd, 1650yd freestyle and 400yd IM. I graduated with a BSc degree in Sports Science in 2004.

After graduation i travelled to Thailand to qualify as a PADI Scuba Diving Instructor. I then spent a year in Australia working on the NE Queenslands coast and The Great Barrier Reef and then to Western Australia, Perth and Rottness Island. On my way back to the UK i had a short stint in New Zealand and  Malaysia.

Once back in the UK in 2007 my love for underwater photography blossomed and i started my own company – The Underwater Studio  I became a commercial diver in 2012 to further my career working on the sets of music videos, tv programs and feature films. I continue to work on set when the opportunities arise, for the last few years i’ve been working ad hoc as water safety on set of the ITV production of GRACE (most things with actors in the water i’m somewhere behind the scene). 

In 2009 i qualified as a Swim England Level 2 Swimming Teacher and then a short while later as a STA baby and preschool teacher. Teaching indoor swimming was a natural side hustle that gave me a chance to connect back to industry that i knew so well growing up. I worked for a few local swim schools the most amazing being Small Splashes, Wilmington, East Sussex.  

I also run Mermaid swimming experiences with my sister company MerKids which i absolutely love. 

I coach Surf Lifesaving and am a surf-lifeguard with SurfLifesaving Great Britain. 

I don’t have a story of transitioning from the pool to open water as the sea and ocean has always been a part of my life and i’ve always swum. I  do compete in open water swimming events and love to take the Fish 2 Water team with me.

2023

  • 1st female/ 3rd overall in The River Arun 3.6km Race.
  • 2nd Female/ 6th overall in the River Adur 5km Race

2022

  • 1st in female in age group/ 2nd overall in the River Arun 3.6km race.
  • English Channel Relay with 3 other team members in a time of 14hr 20 minutes.
  • 1st in age group/ 33rd overall 13km thames Marathon in a time of 3hr 26 minutes.
  • 1st in age group Swim England South East Regionals 3km in a time of 43min.46s.
  • Windermere one way end to end swim 11miles/17km (cancelled).

2021

  • 2nd female/ 10th overall in the River Arun 3.6.km race
  • 1st in age group/3rd overall in the River Adur 5km Race
  • 1st female in the Eastbourne Triathlon 1500m swim.

In 2022 i became a swim guide for SwimTrek and enjoy heading off to warm climates to run swimming holidays. Last year i was in the Greek Sporades and this year 2023 i’m heading to Mallorca for a few weeks  later in the season.

My husband and I have 3 gorgeous teenagers Kai 18, Koby 17 and Lani 16 and a little white Shi-poo called Ted.

When I’m not swimming I enjoy other water sports, going to the gym, cycling, snowboarding and meeting friends for dog walks and coffee.

Qualifications

I am a qualified Open Water Swimming Coach through the Swim Teachers Association (STA), and I am mentored by the utterly brilliant Olympic marathon swimmer Keri-Anne Payne.

Accolades

  • RNLI Water Safety Volunteer

  • STA Open Water Coach Brand Ambassador