Neil Mapes Swim Statement

How to write your swim statement for your next race or coaching course

Neil Mapes

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Neil Mapes the author in a bright orange swim coach t shrt
Neil Mapes Swim Coach. Image credit Neil Mapes August 2023

If you are looking for a swim coach or to enter an adventure swim or race then chances are you will have been asked to supply a ‘Swim statement’.

I had to write one recently for my open water swimming coaching qualification. If you need to write your swim statement please feel free to adopt and adapt the following if you find the structure helpful.

Neil Mapes Swim Statement

I started open-water swimming in 2009 and have swum regularly since then in all kinds of open-water environments. I have completed various swimming events from 1M (Great East Swim) to 10K (Loch Morlich 10K with Go Swim 2021) and as part of 12 triathlon events including a 70.3 half Ironman.

I log my swims on Strava here, please follow me on Strava if you are a user. https://www.strava.com/athletes/32459820.

Since moving to Nairn in 2019 I have swum year round in the sea with the Nairn Selkies group. I have recently joined the Nairn Amateur Swimming Club as a volunteer coach and swim with the Inverness Masters swim club.

I have written a variety of swimming articles about safe sea swimming which are all available as a handy download here: https://neilmapes.gumroad.com/l/pyygok

I have a degree (BSc Hons) in Human Psychology and have applied this throughout my 25-year career coaching, mentoring and supporting individuals to achieve their goals in the charity sector. My day job is full-time with Green Hive in Nairn and through this and other sports volunteering, I have been trained in safeguarding and GDPR requirements.

I am a member of the Swimming Teachers Association (STA) and have Public Liability Insurance cover (up to £10 Million) and Professional Indemnity Insurance cover (up to £1 Million).

In June 2023 I passed my STA Level 2 Open Water Swimming Coaching qualification and am a trained outdoor first aider and have previously led group holidays as a tour leader for Explore Worldwide in various countries including the jungle and highlands of Guatemala.

Any certification, membership or insurance information is available on request and I will…

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Neil Mapes

Beach wanderer, sea swimmer, trail runner and charity leader. Loving life in the Highlands of Scotland.