Alistair Beattie

10341704_389144444558149_1624004423486854603_nHi, I’m Alistair, and I am one of the founders of swimyourswim.  My passion for open water swimming was re-sparked after I was challenged to do an Olympic distance triathlon in 2012.  During my training for the triathlon, and the subsequent triathlons I competed in after my initial one, my love for open water just grew and grew.

I soon found myself looking for new and fresh challenges, and after swimming the length of Windermere (10.5 miles), in 2012, I realised that this open water swimming ‘bug’ really wasn’t going to let go.

Since then I have completed a Channel Relay (2014) and become the 65th person in the world to achieve an Ice Mile*.

I am currently training to swim the English Channel solo, in September 2015, and the Gibraltar/Mediterranean Channel (from Spain to Morocco) in 2016.

I am now a qualified Level 2 Open Water Swimming Coach having passed the following courses with the STA (Swimming Teaching Association):

STA Pool to Open Water (15th March 2014)

STA Open Water Swimming Coaching (28th June 2014)

STA Safeguarding Children, Young People & Vulnerable Adults (18th June 2014)

STA Pool Emergency Procedures


You can contact me by emailing


[*an Ice Mile is a swim of one mile (1.6km) in water of a temperature 5ºC or below]