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From no idea to no fear in one day on our land- and water-based Introduction to Open Water Swimming course based at Bournemouth Beach, one of the best wild swimming locations in the country.
Bournemouth offers fantastic swimming with a range of rocky and sandy beaches. We will pick a location according to your preference, ability and local conditions:
- Secluded Mudeford beach at Hengistbury Head nature reserve
- Quiet Southbourne beach with its funky new SOBO Beach cafe
- Popular Boscombe beach with its musical pier, hot showers and cafes
- Buzzy Bournemouth beach in the town centre with its gardens and pier
- Family-friendly and accessible Branksome beach
- Gently shelving Sandbanks beach with its luxurious soft sands.
Also available: the not-to-be-missed, iconic Durdle Door on the Jurassic Coast!
HE AQUATICS Open Water Swimming coach, Helena Eflerova
Helena is an STA Open Water Swimming Coach and member of Southbourne Surf Life Saving Club and Seagulls Artistic Swimming Club. She teaches at Christchurch Swimming Club and runs HE AQUATICS Hydrotherapy, Swimming, Yoga and Performance Art.
Helena coaches all abilities from beginners to cross-Channel and competitive open water swimmers. Her goal is to get more dippers and swimmers to enjoy the calm and peaceful state of Blue Mind along with the physical benefits of sea swimming. With Helena you can be sure to relax, be safe and enjoy Bournemouth’s beautiful beaches.
Helena is offering private sessions (30 minutes) all year round and helps dippers (non-swimmers) to gain open water confidence, learn basic skimming techniques and progress into short-distance swimming.
With small groups of swimmers and a friendly, experienced coach this is the perfect introduction to open-water swimming for beginners and improvers wanting to achieve a more efficient technique and aiming to take a part in an event.
Swim Ability & Fitness Level: Suitable for competent swimmers who are new to open water swimming, as well as outdoor swimmers who want a refresher or confidence builder. Front crawlers and breaststrokers are all welcome.
Duration: Half Day (8:45 am – 12:00 pm)
Intensive group classes will be delivered between May and September months.
Summertime open water swimming for kids.
‘‘I highly recommend HE AQUATICS children swimming lessons and open water swimming. My three children has been in classes with Helena for two years and absolutely adore Helena’s creative teaching approach. My eldest and younger twins gained so much pool water confidence already and moving onto the open water swimming classes. Helena has an amazing relationship with every swimmer and parent and also helps parents to gain water confidence. The open water classes are on Bournemouth Beach, which is child-accessible and our favourite beach. My children have joined in with the HE AQUATICS open water swimming lessons in the past summer, which was fantastic to watch. Helena led class on the shore line and in the sea, my children built a relationship and trust with her, which helped them to overcome fear of sea swimming.’’ LISA-MARIA SHERRARD, CUSTOMER
Helena finds intense pleasure in being creative and connecting with people on a profound level in the water. She loves witnessing the transformation of people during sessions. Clients have gained better flexibility, deeper states of relaxation and increased contact with their inner selves. FIND OUT MORE
Yoga for Swimmers
The Yoga practice from HE AQUATICS is specifically designed for people who wish to maintain their sporty lifestyle. This approach is one of the most efficient ways to improve strength, mobility and body awareness. LEARN MORE
Helena Eflerová is a professional multidisciplinary artist who employs direct dialogue between artist and viewer, utilising physical engagement and non-verbal language as communication. Her Fine Art Masters Degree research explored the fusion of underwater live performance, video installation and human prenatal theories by combining five disciplines: Live Art, Butoh, Prenatal/Peri-natal Psychology, Bio-science and Apnea. MORE INFORMATION