James Goddard joins SwimQuest team for new open water training camps

Three-time Olympian James Goddard has signed up as a coach with swim travel company SwimQuest with his first trip scheduled for a week in Formentera in October this year. He is the second Olympian to join the team and will coach alongside 2008 marathon swimming bronze medallist Cassie Patten.

Goddard represented GB in Athens, Beijing and London, with his best Olympic performance being fourth in the 200m backstroke. He also represented England in the 2002 Commonwealth Games, where he won a gold in the men’s 200m backstroke and a bronze in the men’s 200m individual medley, at the 2006 Commonwealth Games, and at the 2010 Commonwealth Games, where he again won a gold in the men’s 200m backstroke and this time gold in the men’s 200m individual medley.

The Formentera camp will be suitable for all ability levels, but SwimQuest particularly recommend it to beginner and intermediate swimmers. Swims will be tailored during the week to suit individuals’ needs.

“We feel very lucky to be working with such fantastic guest coaches” says SwimQuest founder, John Coningham-Rolls.  “James and Cassie provide a level of coaching which simply transforms our guests’ swimming, no matter what their ability level.” Fellow director Alice Todd adds that: “Formentera is an ideal location for this technique trip. It’s the quieter, more beautiful sister of Ibiza – easily accessible, relaxed and a bit of a hidden gem. The sand is bright white, and the sea clearer than you can believe – ideal for technique work.”

SwimQuest expect the new James Goddard tour to sell out quickly, so if you would like to reserve a place, email with James in the subject line, or fill out a booking form at

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