About Swim Pembrokeshire
Swim Pembrokeshire was started out of a love of the sea and open water swimming, and of the beautiful county of Pembrokeshire in Wales UK.
Set up in 2017, the aim was to offer various sea swimming / wild swimming trips and swim coaching for swimmers of all levels and with all types of goals, whether they are beginners, just wanting to try sea swimming for the first time, or perhaps intermediate or advanced swimmers looking to improve their triathlon or open water swim times.
Founder Andrew Wallace, resident of Pembrokeshire, swims all year round and competes in local and international events in Wales, UK and Europe.
Together with his buddy John, wife Patiya and kids Emily and Kimberly, an informal local swimming group named Swim Pembrokeshire was formed that meets once a week and swim at various locations around South Pembrokeshire.
Now Swim Pembrokeshire's core focus is on providing unique, safe & exciting open water swimming experiences around the county of Pembrokeshire, including sea swimming, wildlife excursions, swimrunning, swim trekking and even swim cycling.
Sea swimming is gaining more and more popularity and we wanted to help bring this fantastic sport to more people in the UK and even overseas who may be planning a trip to Pembrokeshire; and at the same time show people a little more about the place we live and help people understand the importance of the natural environment and especially the marine and coastal park in Pembrokeshire.
Professional Open Water Swim Coaching in Pembrokeshire
Andrew Wallace is an ex-Welsh national swimming champion and competed at Welsh and British national level for over ten years. He is a keen SCUBA diver, he has logged hundreds of dives in Oman, Philippines, Thailand, Japan, Australia and the UK. Andrew competes in various open water swimming and triathlon events every year, including the Caldey Island swim (winner, 2016), Pembrokeshire Triathlon, Tenfoot Swim (winner 2017) the famous Henley Thames Marathon (4th place in 2017), the Breca Gower swimrun and Hurley Burley in North Wales (winner, 2018). International events include the Oceanman in Spain (6th place, 2019) and Cyprus Swim Series (2nd place, 2019).
He is currently studying Sports Coaching Psychology at the OU as well as RAID freediving qualification.
> ASA Level 1 Award in Swimming Assistant Coach
> ASA Level 2 Award in Coaching Open Water Swimming
> PADI Advanced Open Water Diver
> Ex-Competitive Swimmer
Of course, when swimming in open water, experience is a major part of the quality of coaching/guiding/mentoring/safety.
Our experience speaks for itself: ex-Welsh national swimming champion, various triathlon events, Thames Marathon, Hurley Burley, Caldey Island Swim, Tenfoot Swim, Breca Swimrun, Tenfoot swimrun, Oceanman, Cyprus Swim Series, RAID Freediver student and PADI Advanced Open Water Diver.
We have a number of other swim coaches who we work with who are all ASA qualified in open water coaching and/or triathlon coaching.
You may notice a recurring participant in many of the images on our website... That'll be Jake, the Springer Spaniel!
Hobbies are running non stop for hours and hours, ball chasing, sniffing, swimming in any bit of water he can find and chewing his owner's swim kit.
He's mad as a brush and often accompanies us on many trips, especially the swimrunning routes where he assumes the role of swimrun partner.
Don't be too surprised if you see him on your trips!