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About

Your Coach

I'm Marianne and I'm a certified Level 2 Total Immersion Swim Coach, an STA Level 2 Open Water Swimming Coach, Level 1 Triathlon Coach and Level 1 ASA Coach.

I have been an open water swimmer for 13 years, competing in a mix of river, lake, and reservoir swims and team relay triathlons. I completed the 14km Thames Marathon in 2018 from Henley to Marlow. Like many people, I hadn't been a member of a swimming club as a child and hadn't been coached as an adult. I muddled my way through numerous swims, loving the freedom and challenge of the outdoors but lacking any open water skills or efficient swimming technique. 

About 8 years ago, I sought some coaching from an ASA swim coach. This improved my stroke by lengthening it and working on my aerobic capacity, but I started getting shoulder pain when training for a 5km swim and had to take a year off swimming and competing. You just think shoulder pain is part of being a competitive swimmer....when you don't know any better!

Having been coached myself and enjoying the process, I was inspired to train as a swim coach myself. With the explosion of triathlon and open water swimming in the UK, I wanted to work with open water swimmers and improve their technique and efficiency, particularly for distance swimming (400m+). I took the ASA Level 1 coach training, and was an assistant coach at East Grinstead Swimming Club for a couple of years. 

I also completed the Level 1 Triathlon Coaching course, as I thought this may be more appropriate for open water swimming. I really enjoyed learning about coaching the three sports and the transition phases, despite not being a runner or cyclist myself due to a congenital knee condition. I have subsequently coached adult swim sessions at Crawley Triathlon Club for a few years and Junior Triathlon training and Open Water Skills courses.

I still wanted to understand better how humans move through water efficiently, and apply this to my coaching. I originally trained as an Occupational Therapist, so have a good knowledge of human anatomy. I had already come across Total Immersion swimming which I knew focused on improving technique and reducing drag rather than building your aerobic engine. I decided to research this in more depth. I attended an 'Effortless Endurance' Workshop and learnt that Total Immersion thinks about swimming and how to practice in a totally different way to traditional coaching, which I felt made so much sense. I realised that this was just what I had been looking for as a coaching method to pursue.

 

I qualified under the apprenticeship scheme with Master TI coach Tracey Baumann from Swim Solutions. The TI coach training, especially doing a one-to-one apprenticeship, for both Levels 1 and 2, has taught me so much more about how swimming works. 

The Pool

The pool is located on a property in the heart of the beautiful Ashdown Forest, in East Sussex. This pool is accessible to swimmers from East and West Sussex, Surrey and Kent. When making an enquiry or booking a session, the pool address and directions will be sent to you.

Your pool-based sessions will be held in a 9mx4m private pool which is 1.2m deep throughout, so no deep end for children or newer swimmers to worry about. This is the perfect length pool when working on technique in a highly focused way. 


There is easy access in and out of the pool via 5 tiled steps as you can see in the photo. There is an enclosed shower by the pool and three steps with handrails either side leading to an adjoining changing room with ensuite WC for clients to use.

 

Unlike lessons in a public pool, there will be no distractions from other swimmers or other activities going on. This particularly suits people who lack confidence in their swimming style and usually avoid going swimming as a result.

This privacy also allows us to use video analysis during every session and play back the videos at any time to focus on a particular movement or issue.

Access to the pool building is through a garden via 9 stone steps outside, so is not suitable for wheelchair users or pushchairs/buggies.

My Name: Marianne Johnson
Email: weightlessswimming@gmail.com
Tel:  07904 579 758
Pool Location: Fairwarp, nr. Uckfield, East Sussex (Full pool address and directions will be sent at time of booking)
Weir Wood Reservoir: Priory Road, Forest Row, East Sussex, RH18 5HT

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