Develop Your Swimming Coaching Knowledge

With in-depth online courses that you can complete at your own pace

About us

Coach Out of Water is a personal and professional development platform designed to complement and enhance the current certification delivered by the NGB. Our courses cover many topics and enable coaches to expand their knowledge and expertise. They also expose them to the bountiful research, knowledge, and shared expertise from coaches across the globe.

Our mission had been to make this array of knowledge and advisory support more accessible. During the Covid lockdowns, many of us had additional time on our hands to step back from our regular working schedules and reflect upon what existing support for coaches was available. The most impactful resources on offer were the shared experiences of other coaches. As community discussions and workshops were taking place using new technology, we had time to develop something new ourselves.

Recognising how disconnected we had become and acknowledging this new wave of coach connectivity, we quickly realised the opportunity for a learning platform that explores the art, science and craft to continue access to the shared experiences we had during Covid.

Our Team

We're very fortunate to have some of the best minds in Britain on this...

Brian McGuinness

I have 40+ years experience in professional sport, sports coaching, coach representation, education, development and assessment. I have worked with swimmers and programmes from grass-roots to elite and all stages in-between. I hold ASA Coach qualification (L3/4), as well as also being academically qualified, holding a post-graduate Diploma in Sports Coaching. I've been fortunate to work with national champions and record holders, and also serve on National teams and squads.

I have served on the BSCA Executive Committee for 30 years. Swimming and sport has been my life, and I will be eternally grateful for it giving me a career, a life and experiences across the globe.

Kim Mortimer

Kim is a qualified Level 3 ASA Swim Coach and a Physical Education and PSHE Secondary Teacher. She has gained an MSc in Sports Coaching from Loughborough University and is an Associate Lecturer at the University of Worcester.

Whilst, studying for her MSc she had the opportunity to work within the Fast Swim program and under the Mentorship of Ian Armiger.

Currently Head Coach of Stratford Sharks Swimming Club, since 2017, and during this time has been Head Coach of Warwickshire County, ESSA West Midlands Team, and skill coach at Regional and National Level.

Kim is also Director and Co-founder of Coaching Pool Limited, a platform for Coaches, Athletes, and Parents.

Neil Hamp

I am a qualified Level 3 Senior Coach holding a BA in Sports Development. I have worked in the UK, USA, Dubai and the Cayman Islands.

Influenced by several creative and forward-thinking coaches, including David Pursley, Matt Heathcock and Kristaps Petrov I have been very fortunate.

During my time at home nd overseas, I have worked across all aspects of the sports performance pyramid. Coaching several able and para swimmers at an international level, those of whom have competed at World Championships, Youth Commonwealth Games, South Asian Games and numerous events across continental America, Europe, and the Caribbean.

Experiencing the variety of cultures and tools required when developing a championship mindset has been a standout in my career. I am grateful for the career sport has given me, as this project has been several years in the making and bringing this project to life to share some of these experiences makes me proud.