Meet the coach - Seamus Bennett
Seamus is an STA Level 2 Open Water coach and ASA Level 2 Teacher of Aquatics. He is a Sports Science graduate and a member of the Institute of Swimming. He started his Swim Smooth journey in 2012, taking the 3-day coaches education course at Cardiff International pool. He then further developed his own coaching and swimming before completing his Swim Smooth certified coaches training with 3 unforgettable weeks in Perth WA in February 2016, gaining fully-certified status in August that year.
Seamus has swum in pool and open water since early childhood, spending summers in the North Sea at the family beach hut in Old Felixstowe. He was in at the start of triathlon in the 1980s, winning the ‘prestigious’ best dressed triathlete ;) at the 1988 mid-Suffolk triathlon. In 2013 he completed the Outlaw Full Distance swim in 60 minutes and won his gender/age group at the 2015 Coniston end-to-end swim (5.25 miles) and the 2 mile event at the 2016 Great East Swim. In recent years Seamus has led his Swimscapes team to 3rd and 2nd places among over 100 teams at the Aldeburgh Team Relay Triathlon.
A real swimming highlight came in August 2016 when Seamus was part of Felixstowe Swimscapes 4-person English Channel relay team which completed the iconic crossing in just over 14 hours. A few months later, in February 2017 he became only the 209th swimmer in the world to complete the extremely challenging IISA ‘Ice Mile’ (water temp 4.6C, no neoprene allowed!) in 42 minutes....(but he probably won't be doing that again!)
As well as coaching and teaching, Seamus seeks to enable others to develop their own swimming, and to bring swimmers of all types and backgrounds together, sharing support, swimming...and cake! To help make this happen, in 2012 he set up Felixstowe Swimscapes – a free, friendly sea-swimming group, which swims year-round and (as of Sept 17) has some 600 members.
Seamus is based in Felixstowe on the North Sea coast of Suffolk in eastern England. Felixstowe is an excellent open water swimming location due to its easy access and lack of dangerous obstacles and currents.
Felixstowe is easy to reach from Cambridge and the Midlands at the end of the A14 and easily via the A12 from Essex and London.
There are also good train services from London, Norwich and Cambridge via Ipswich.