LONG WEEKEND TRIPS, USUALLY BASED AROUND AN EXCITING LOCAL EVENT…LIKE THE ST IVES FOOD FESTIVAL
UNIQUE EVENTS LIKE THE CORNISH 10K DAYS & A NIGHT SWIM WE’RE CURRENTLY WORKING ON
BESPOKE PRIVATE HOLIDAYS, TYPICALLY FOR SMALLER GROUPS
ONE-OFF SWIM WATER SAFETY
OPEN WATER COACHING
What makes Sea Swim Cornwall different from other swimming holidays?
Tom & Jo grew up and live in Cornwall. They’ve swum, lifeguarded, dived, sailed, paddled, surfed, body surfed, bodyboarded, run and swum (again) every inch of their stunning Cornish coast. In 2015 they set up Sea Swim Cornwall to share their passion for not only open water swimming but all things Cornish. Cornwall has dozens of Michelin star chefs, world class Gin, Ciders, Beer, wine…Not to mention Cornish Cream Teas served the correct way (sorry Devon), authentic Cornish Pasties, stunning art galleries, Poldark, Doc Martin, the largest Art Deco Lido in the country, St Michael’s Mount, the Eden Project…the list is endless!
Tom & Jo own and run Sea Swim Cornwall. At least one, generally both of them attend/host each holiday and are invested in ensuring you have a trip you’ll remember for years to come!
They’ve both worked as beach lifeguards in Cornwall. As well as winning Cornish and National Surf Life Saving titles (find recent results at the bottom of the page). Tom having also worked on Manly Beach in Australia, for a number of years.
Tom & Jo established Sea Swim Cornwall to promote the activity they’re both passionate about and show off their county and everything that makes it great. They offer affordable long weekend swimming holiday packages.
Jo works as a physiotherapist, swim coach and likes to compete in open water swimming events, triathlon and surflifesaving. He says it all just keeps him fit for surfing! Jo is also a qualified beach lifeguard and runs a Surf Lifesaving Club on the North Cornish Coast. He has coached hundreds of children and adults in surf safety, open water swimming, body surfing and surfing. He is a family man with four daughters who spend so much time in the sea they are affectionately known as his otters.
Life before Sea-Swim Cornwall.
I spent my entire youth with my feet in Cornish sand, surfboard wax and creek mud! My parents were keen surfers and sailors and I leant to swim in the sea. Fistral Beach had a surf Lifesaving club and every session started with a solid sea swim, usually in surf. I was hooked! I went on to work as a lifeguard, won Cornish surf swim title, travelled the World surfing and became a very proficient beach bum. In my attempt to get a serious job an eventful journey led to the discovery of physiotherapy as a carer. I studied for my physio degree in Sheffield and managed to move back to Cornwall and planted my feet back into the sand, wax and mud, this time with four other pairs of tiny feet! Now I very much enjoy working as a physio and swim coach and being able to share some classic sea swims as well as some secret spots.
“I worked as a beach lifeguard in both Cornwall and Sydney for a number of years during my late teens and early 20s before formally studying photography and moving back to Cornwall. I now coach swimming with Jo and keenly compete in a series of both water polo and open water swimming events while running my own photography business and Sea Swim Cornwall.”
Life Before Sea Swim Cornwall
“As an 8 year old I took to swimming a little late but soon caught up, eventually representing Cornwall throughout the country for around 7 years. Then at the age of 15 I tried my hand at Surf Life Saving and managed to win back-to-back Cornish and national run-swim-run titles.
In my late teens I discovered water polo, which – along with open water swimming – continues to satisfy my inner competitive streak!”
Tom - Part of Newquay’s winning Waterpolo team in the South West ‘Go-For-It’ series,winner of the Newquay Harbour Sports 40 yard sprint & Gold and Silver medals in the Masters National Surf Life Saving Champs – Board Rescue and Taplin Relay
Jo- Part of Newquay’s winning Waterpolo team in the South West ‘Go-For-It’ series, winner of the Newquay Harbour Sports Board Paddle & gold medalist in the Masters National Surf Life Saving Champs Board Relay and distance beach run, silver in the age-group swim
*** In June we competed as a pair in the Isles Of Scilly Otillo, a 40 km SwimRun. This was Tom’s first endurance event….and Jo is well into his forties! We were very happy to claim 7th in the mens category in a world class field ***
Both Tom & Jo took a little more ‘family time’ over the summer months but did manage to complete the Cornish 6 Island Challenge. Tom decided he wanted to raise some money for a local charity – the Chestnut Appeal (for Prostate Cancer) and came up with the ridiculous (hindsight) idea of swimming 20km, in some rough seas, around 6 islands, in 1 day. View our video below or Click here.
Tom also competed for the Cornwall Waterpolo Team and Jo completed a series of 3 ludicrous (running up the side of a mountain for 5km-ludicrous) triathlons in Wales.
Tom - with 2 young children it’s been a quiet year. Tom started some serious pool training and won the Newquay Harbour Sports 50m Open sprint. He’s also competing in the swim round the Mount (Chestnut Appeal) in Sept, as well as Tom & Jo completing their charity swim for 2019 which should total 20km of swimming in 1 day
Jo - has also had a quieter year. He too is completing in the swim round the Mount in Sept and taking part in our charity challenge and he won the over 30s Newquay Harbour Sports 50m sprint
BELOW : Tom at the Newquay Harbour Sports 2019 (non-wetsuit!)