We are incredibly lucky to work with some of the world’s best swim coaches. If you are looking for a swim coach to help you improve your technique or prepare for a swim – please feel free to contact any of the below.

cassie patten – WAVECREST SWIMMING
Cotswolds, Oxfordshire, Devon and Cornwall

Cassie Patten Olympic SwimmerWave Crest swimming offers expert coaching, with medal winning experience. WaveCrest swimming was founded by Head Coach Cassandra Patten, an Olympic Bronze Medallist, double World Championship Silver Medallist, European Cup Champion, Swimming World Cup Winner, a professional swimming coach / teacher and most importantly an enthusiastic approachable person who takes great joy from helping people to improve and enjoy their swimming. Cassandra is a  Level 2 Swimming Coach in both pool and open water and offer coached sessions for all abilities in either one to one or group environments which include:

  • Introduction to open water, confidence building and learn to swim.
  • Technique coaching for all levels including video analysis.
  • Open water skills session focusing on sighting, drafting, pack swimming and turning.
  • Remote training plans tailored to your personal requirements.

You can join Cassie on the SwimQuest Mathraki Technique & Explore week in Greece.


We are delighted to welcome Commonwealth and Olympic medallist, Dan Wallace to the SwimQuest team.  Dan represented Great Britain in the Olympics and FINA World championships, and got Gold in the Men’s 400m Individual Medley at the Commonwealth Games in 2014.


Total Immersion coach James Ewart is a technique-focused swim coach, open water enthusiast and video analysis expert.  James helps you understand what you should be doing when you are swimming and why.  He is also a regular contributor to Outdoor Swimmer magazine. James is a Total Immersion Level 3 swim Coach and an STA Level 2 Open Water Coach. You can join James on a SwimQuest holiday on Formentera Island, just off Ibiza, Spain, in Club La Santa.

stephen gould

Formerly a Commonwealth Games level competitive swimmer, Stephen transitioned to open water swimming over 30 years ago and has built up enviable experience in all aspects of swimming outdoors – including the English Channel, Marathon and Ice Swimming. Stephen is an IISA qualified Swimming Teacher and Preliminary Club Coach. During the pandemic, he re-trained with Keri-anne Payne and now holds the STA Open Water Swimming Coach qualification as well. Stephen tends to specialise in Front Crawl stroke technique for all abilities from beginner to Ironman triathlon. He coaches in lakes, lidos, indoor pools and also has access to an Endless Pool facility with video analysis. Tailored training plans can also be offered if required. 

sarah broadley

Sarah is a qualified swim teacher and coach with 10+ years experience, based in the Cotswold Water Parks. From learn to swim to competitive national level,  Sarah can help you find your happy place in the water and achieve your swimming goals.


Tamsin is an accredited STA OWS coach based in London at Love Open Water London Royal Docks. If you would like help starting your outdoor swimming journey or if you are looking to improve your skills and to get the edge in events – Tamsin can help!


Ray is a Front Crawl technique specialist, with nearly 30 years of swimming teaching experience. He has developed a clear step-by-step approach to stroke technique development, and now runs the swim school, Swim Canary Wharf. Ray focuses on tailored exercises which guests can take home and incorporate into their usual swimming routine. You can join Ray on a SwimQuest Holiday on Formentera Island, just off Ibiza, Spain.