Kate Mason Coaching – Swimming for Beginners to English Channel Swimmers and Triathletes, lives and trains in Weymouth and Portland Dorset

Kate Mason, is one of the UK’s top Open Water Swimmers (in her age group). She can help you achieve your open water swimming dreams!

Based in Weymouth, Dorset, Kate has a wealth of open water experience. She has swam numerous solo swims including the English Channel, around Manhattan island ,around Jersey in the Channel Islands, Jersey to France, Perth to Rottnest Island in Australia and numerous swims in Lake Zurich.

Most recently in 2019, she became the 45th person, (and the oldest) to complete Enduroman’s Arch to Arch: Starting at Londons Marble Arch, going on her feet to Dover (86 miles); swimming the English channel (21+ miles) and then cycling to Paris (181 miles).


She can cater for beginners starting their swimming career, to any one wanting to improve their strokes for fitness or competition.
She has a special interest in open water coaching due to her love for the sea.

As a qualified ASA Swimming Club Coach (99) and Teacher (95) and a qualified ASA Open Water Coach (2014), she has plenty of experience and training to suit your needs.

She aims to keep up to date with new developments in swimming practices attending workshops, eg a three day, ‘Swim Smooth’ for Coaches course in Loughborough and has further studied and used these up to date swim techniques. She is an aqua phobia coach helping people who struggle with a fear of the water which could be affecting their progression in swimming.

Kate makes sure she is up to date with date with keeping swimmers safe in the water. She regularly updates her, ‘Sea Safety’ courses and pool safety qualifications, plus her emergency first aid certificate. She has public indemnity insurance.

Open water training

Kate has considerable knowledge about open water swimming, whether for a pure swim event or triathalon event.

She trains herself in Weymouth and Portland, so she knows the waters well. It is safe and clean water to enjoy.

Kate Mason swimming in the sea in Dorset
Kate Mason open water swimming in Dorset

She has completed a number of triathlons over the years and coaches groups of triathletes in swimming in the the open water during the spring and summer.

The local Half Ironman in September each year, brings many new swimmers to open water, so she can organise 1:1 or small groups to come and practice on the swim course before the day.

Open water swimming is in Weymouth bay or in Portland Harbour. This may be training for your first open water event/triathlon, or training for the English Channel. She will accompany you on a kayak or rescue board, one to one, or share session.

Mid April group open water starts, suitable for people who can already swim comfortably out of their depth an can swim consistently for at least 400m. It is a great opportunity to swim with others and gain confidence in the open water, learning skills, such as ‘sighting’ and ‘drafting’

Kate Mason coahing for open water training in Dorset
Guided Swimming open water sessions

Guided Swims

Guided swim training in open water Dorset
Kate Mason provides Kayak support on guided swim along Dorset open water coastline

Kate can arrange some longer swims along Weymouth Bay, starting from 2.4 miles, to whatever distance you would like to achieve. This can be very individualised. She is happy to accompany you on your 1 1/2 – 2 hr (relay) or 6hr (solo) English Channel qualifying swim.

Traditional Pool + Endless Pool Training

She can offer one to one sessions in a local pool on Portland for all abilities, making swimming more efficient and fun to meet your needs. Plus, she runs small pool group courses if required. She can offer training and stroke correction in her endless pool. This is a perfect opportunity to see yourself in the specially placed mirrors underwater.

Kate Mason Endless pool experience
Kate Mason provides training and analysis in her endless pool
Mass start practice,getting ready for the open water season!

If swimming in a club environment is more suited she can introduce you to Weyport Masters Swimming Club (aged 18yrs +) where she is the Club Coach.

Video Analysis

Kate can offer a video analysis in the pool she uses on Portland and also at her own endless pool at home.

This includes:

  • Time spent looking at your stroke, giving instant feedback;
  • Practice drills to help correct
  • Filming of your stroke for you to see and have as a record, to view at your own leisure