First and foremost, as you may have guessed from the picture I’m a cave diving addict who also dabbles in a bit of freediving and other adventure sports as they present. My interest in videography and writing has led to me being able to share my experiences with others and I’m hoping to continue with this extensively in the future, with many more ambitious projects in the pipeline. You can find links to all of my YouTube videos and articles on this website.
As the website name may suggest, I had a background in open water distance swimming. It was one of my first real passions and we’re currently working on some projects around this so expect it to be featured as a subject on this website soon. Endurance swimming’s influence is never far away and was the catalyst to me embracing most things of an aquatic nature. It may seem counter intuitive but cave diving seemed like a logical progression to me and has become the current focus of my life. I’ve always maintained that good swimmers are extremely well suited to becoming divers and much like distance swimming before it, cave diving has become a very consuming hobby and one I’m hoping to do for many years to come. I also used to work in the recreational scuba diving industry, the military and various other areas and have travelled extensively. It wouldn’t be a surprise to those who know me, if I happened to go off on some other obscure tangents in the future just to add a little spice (yes I get bored easily) so if that happens I’ll be sure to share those stories too. My life is very much a ‘Journey in Progress’ and through the power of social media I’d like to invite you to come on that journey with me…
Wookie (or SJ to the uninitiated)
A traveller, photographer and ‘reluctant diver’!
I’m what might be described as the reluctant diver but it’s growing on me slowly. When you spend your time with Darrell you had better get used to wearing a wetsuit! Most recently I’ve been accompanying him on his endurance swimming challenges by paddling the support kayak so stay tuned for more news on that soon. I’ve also travelled a lot above the water and my camera is never far away. As such it didn’t take a huge stretch to realise that as I’m spending a lot of time in and around the water these days then I had better start getting the right gear for this medium too so I can get some nice shots. Armed with an underwater camera and applying my interest in photography to the aquatic environment, we’ll see where it takes me… Hopefully somewhere with good coffee!
A Recently Retired Career Swimming Coach
After over 40 years working as a competitive swimming coach and teacher. I’ve recently officially retired from my full time commitments. Having said that, it’s doubtful that coaches ever fully retire. It’s been more than a career, it’s been a life long passion and as such I still enjoy presenting during coaching and teaching training programs. No doubt I’ll still occasionally assist with coaching on the pool side from time to time too.
Over the years I’ve worked in 4 countries, namely England, Saudi Arabia, New Zealand and Australia and have placed swimmers on the National teams in all of those places. I’ve also written swimming teaching curriculums in all of those countries. Now that I have time to reflect on my career and journey I may finally have time to write some articles on swimming coaching and teaching.