Swim free for everyone… leisure and pleasure swimmers, triathletes, families and open water adventurers. This site helps you to be inspired, find new swimming haunts and rediscover old favourites.

Whether you are looking for training sites for triathlon, popular beaches or a private unknown place to slip into the water and set your body and mind free, this is the site for you.

Shake off the workaday cares, slip into the sea, lake, river or pool and let the water wash away the chains that bind. Free your mind and body as you drift into another world, swim out and release those cares and when you have, then return invigorated, calm and strong.

About the Authors

Maureen McCoy
Maureen McCoy is an award-winning long-distance open water swimmer. In 2009 just after her fortieth birthday, she fulfilled her childhood ambition to swim the English Channel.

She has competed in many long-distance swimming events, winning the Copeland Island to Donaghadee swim in 2005, the 17km Irish Long Distance Championship in 2006 and was a member of the 1st Relay Team to swim Lough Erne, 80 km from Crom Castle to Belleek. She continues to inspire future generations of swimmers as a swim and diving teacher.

Having been swimming in the sea, loughs and rock pools in the Mournes since a small child, Maureen has kept her love of the outdoors and sense of adventure.

You can read more about Mo, her achievements and coaching sessions at Flow Swimming.

Paul McCambridge
Paul had a break from swimming for many years until he discovered open water swimming in 2007, having represented Ulster in his youth. Notable swims include the successful North Channel Relay in 2011, with Team Camlough, Copeland Island Swim 2010.

He has been a photographer for over 30 years, winning many press and editorial awards, covering assignments for national and international newspapers and magazines. Paul has also been awarded the Simon Cumbers Media Award twice for his work on Human Trafficking in South Asia.

The Visual Arts are another aspect of Paul’s work, with photographic and video projects spanning many years. Producing books, educational publications and exhibitions locally and nationally. Venues include; Tate Modern, London, The Lowry Gallery, Salford, The Pump House Museum, Manchester.

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