My circular swim by Craig Robertson

#TEAMSELKIE  7th November 2018

‘The water was dragging me out from the side, I was going to be sucked under, I couldn’t let go of the side of the pool.’  – My first memory of swimming lessons at Slough Community Centre pool (Olympic size). Every Friday after school, I quickly learned to let go, helped by the fantastic old ladies […]

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TeamSelkie Bios – Craig Robertson

#TEAMSELKIE  6th November 2018

I’m Craig, I just turned 50 and I live in Weybridge , in Surrey. Twitter –  @recordmirror Facebook – Craig Robertson Instagram @craigsrobertson What makes me feel alive? With open water swimming it’s the lack of boundaries, it’s free, natural and has no rules, this can not be said of many things in 2018. It can […]

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How I cheated the Hurly Burly (and why I’m glad I did!) – by Zoe Tridgell

#TEAMSELKIE  1st November 2018

It’s been 459 days since I’ve worn my wetsuit. It’s been gathering dust in the wardrobe since I committed to train for a Channel relay (and needed to acclimatise my body to cold water), and to be honest there have been times where I have cried out for it! It’s seen me through my first […]

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TeamSelkie Bios – Zoe Tridgell

#TEAMSELKIE  30th October 2018

I’m Zoe, I’m 28 and I live in Buckinghamshire. I am a bonafide water baby and look for any excuse to be in the water.   As Van Morrison says “smell the sea and feel the sky, let your soul and spirit fly”.    Facebook – Zoe Tridgell   What excites you about swimming?  For some, swimming is […]

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Saving lives through swim teaching by Becky Horsbrugh

#TEAMSELKIE  22nd October 2018

I guess one big difference between myself and the other fine Team Selkie members is I am not so proficient in the water, but much of my water based work is helping others, particularly in the area of drowning prevention. As I have detailed in previous blogs, I usually concentrate my work on Bangladesh. But […]

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TeamSelkie Bios – Becky Horsbrugh


I’m Becky, I’m 49 and I live in London. I am a swimmer and a swim teacher too. I work as a journalist but I spend a lot of my spare time working and supporting drowning prevention programmes and schemes.   Facebook – Becky Horsbrugh Twitter – @BeckyRLH Instagram – @beckyrlh What is it about the water […]

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My arctic circle swim by Di Heelas

#TEAMSELKIE  18th October 2018

At the start of the year, suffering from post-Christmas blues and needing a challenge, I did what any sensible person would and entered the Arctic Circle Swim: www.swimac.eu What on earth is it? Well it’s actually two separate swims : both take place just inside the Arctic Circle in the River Torne, which separates Finland […]

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TeamSelkie Bios – Di Heelas

#TEAMSELKIE  16th October 2018

I’m Di, I’m 46 and I live near Oxford. I’m a mum and I love swimming outdoors  and all things watery. Facebook – Di Heelas Instagram – @diheelas   What do you love about swimming and the water? Swimming gives me the space to catch my breath. I love the solitude but also the friendship […]

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What a difference a tide makes by Stuart Hacker

#TEAMSELKIE  10th October 2018

All of the best stories have more than one chapter! I have been searching for a quote to sum up my feelings after finally becoming a Channel swimmer… Look no further than Chuck Norris : “I’ve always found that anything worth achieving will always have obstacles in the way and you’ve got to have that […]

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TeamSelkie Bios – Stuart Hacker

#TEAMSELKIE  8th October 2018

My name is Stuart Hacker, I’m 41, I live near Northampton and  I have a healthy obsession with Open Water swimming! I swam competitively as a boy and rediscovered my love of the sport 5 years ago. Twitter – @Shacker1 Facebook – @StuChannelswim (Stu Hackers Channel Swim) Instagram –  shacker77 What is it about open […]

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