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Tamara Turchet Open Water Swimming Coach


Tamara’s passion for swimming began many years ago in a dilapidated old primary school pool somewhere in North London where she bashed her head on the bar whilst crocodiling into the water…. Determined not to be put off, she cracked on  and swimming has been a big part of her life ever since.


She swims Open Water all year round. In local and not so local lakes, seas and lidos, she can often be found working on reducing her 10K time. Over the years Tamara has swum in many wonderful places and events such as the Thames Marathon, Dorney Lake, the chilly waters of Bude, Clevedon, South Wales and Dorset, peaty brown Scottish lochs and amazing clear waters off the Western Highlands, the dark waters and glow sticks of night swims, the clear blue (and thankfully much warmer) waters around Croatia, Italy, Turkey and Greece, and is often to be seen in the Lakes at the Cotswold Water Park, cracking the ice where necessary before wading in for a cold one!

Tamara holds the STA Level 2 Open Water Coaching qualification, and the RLSS Open Water Lifeguard Qualification. She is an ASA Level 2 Swimming Teacher and teaches swim school in various public pools in Wiltshire. Tamara takes safeguarding and protecting vulnerable learners very seriously and holds a DBS certificate through the STA.

Not adverse to the chlorine bath, Tamara can often be seen in the water at various pools and lidos in and out of Wiltshire and every year sets out to nail the  'Million Metre Challenge' .... who knows, she might even crack that one in 2023!


Tamara’s love for swimming has inspired her to set up TT Open Water Swim Coaching. As OWS becomes more popular and hits the headlines more frequently with amazing news stories of Sarah Thomas' 4 way channel swim and Chloe McCardel's 44 channel crossings, people are recognizing the huge social, health and emotional benefits of OWS more and more. Sadly this also brings the tragic stories of those who have lost their lives to the water. Tamara hopes to help and encourage as many people as possible to access and enjoy the beauty that is Open Water Swimming and above all to do so safely and confidently with some tried and tested advice from shared experience.

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