Sophie is a disabled long distance open water swimmer, the founder of the Facebook group Adaptive/Disabled Open Water Swimmers (ADOWS) and an STA Level 2 Open Water Coach. She was an active, fully able-bodied swimmer and swimming teacher but in 2011 she was involved in a cycling accident, which resulted in a long diagnostic process before finally being diagnosed with Complex Regional Pain Syndrome; one of the most painful conditions in the world in late 2012. After several years of struggling, in 2016 she rediscovered her love of the water. Since restarting swimming in 2016 Sophie has gone on to compete in many events culminating by completing the Two Way Windermere swim in 16 hours and 41 minutes.
Colin Campbell is a qualified swim teacher, lifeguard and open water swim coach. He’s a lifelong swimmer and champion of wild swimming, often writing about the subject and talking about it to anyone who’ll listen. Colin has a wealth of open water coaching experience and an extensive open water community on the beaches surrounding Edinburgh. Now based in Cambridge, Colin can often be found passing on his passion for swimming, nature and great food.
Jonathon was a competitive youth swimmer and has been an open water swimmer all his life. As a triathlete he represented the Royal Navy and Royal Marines at the British Championships. In 2020 as a swimmer, he was the first person to complete the Thames Marathon (14km) swim. His love for the promotion of wild swimming led him to the role of regional representative (Devon and Cornwall) for the Outdoor Swimming Society, 2008 - 2010. Jonathon achieved his Level 2 open water swimming coaching qualification under the tutelage of world champion and Olympic silver medallist, Kerri-Anne Payne.