Open Water Swim Training

Are you preparing for your first open water swimming event or perhaps you just need to build more confidence in open water, we can help.

Whether you have entered Aberfeldy Middle Distance Triathlon, The Loch Tay Swims, St Mary’s Loch Standard Triathlon or Aviemore off Road Triathlon. Whatever your event may be, we invite you to join us on a 4 week course to provide you with the skills and confidence to go out and smash it!

Experienced coach Linda McLean and ex-professional triathlete Cat Morrison will provide you with professional advice, skills and tips to ensure you are ready for anything the open water might throw at you.

Who are we?


Cat Morrison (MBE)

Ex Professional Triathlete

​Winner of IRONMAN Texas and IRONMAN Lanzarote.
​Holder of the fastest ever debut time on an Ironman distance event.
4 time World Duathlon Champion.
​Fastest Scot at Manchester and Melbourne Commonwealth Games.


Linda McLean

Edinburgh Uni Performance Squad Coach
Tri Scotland – Level 3 coach ​(for 5 years)
Level 2 Swim Teacher
Voted Triathlon Scotland’s Performance Development Coach of the Year 2009 & 2012
​Completed everything from Sprint Distance to Ironman Distance Triathlons, coming 2nd in her age group at Aberfeldy Middle Distance Tri

Paul McGreal

Race Director at Durty Events since 2008 organising up to 16 events per year.
Race Director of the legendary Celtman Extreme Scottish Triathlon.
Race Director at ITU World Duathlon Championships 2010.
​Race Director ITU Paratriathlon World Series Event 2016.
Race Director Ironman 70.3 Edinburgh.
​GBR Age Group Team Manager for European and World Cross Tri Championships for 3 years

Join us for 4 weeks of professional coaching to ensure that you are ready for your next challenge.

​The course will begin with 2 weeks of coaching in the Edinburgh University Pool with sessions aimed at preparing you for your introduction to open water. ​We will then relocate to The Pentlands for your first introduction to the open water in a relaxed environment, with full safety cover. ​

Finishing up with the last week at Portobello Beach​ ensuring that you are ready for open water swimming in any environment, full safety cover will be provided

​Cost of the course is £65 per person, this includes full safety cover, wetsuits not provided.

2019 Course Dates

Edinburgh University Pool Tuesday 21st May 7.30-8.30pm
University Pool Tuesday 28th May 7.30-8.30pm
Pentlands Tuesday 4th June 7.30-8.30pm
Portobello Beach Tuesday 11th June 7.30-8.30pm

Meeting Points for The Pentlands and Portobello will be communicated to you prior to those sessions