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Open Water Swim Coach

'Empowering swimmers to be confident and efficient in the open water'

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Customer Reviews

"Thank you so much for introducing my daughter and I to coastal swimming. We have loved our sessions with you and been inspired to continue through the depths of Winter feeling all the better for it".

"I highly recommend Nina who helped tick one of my bucket list aspirations. I love her breadth of sea knowledge, swim experience and truly uplifting enthusiasm as well as a uniquely calm, encouraging manner."

Kate M

Kerry T

"I cannot recommend Nina to you highly enough, whatever your swimming level and goals might be. Nina's patient, fabulous coaching style, instant feedback, and excellent video analysis quickly grew my confidence and built technique. I always look forward to our sessions and trust her completely with my safety."

From first meeting, Nina is professional, encouraging and fun! Having not had swimming lessons for a very long time, she has improved my technique (making it easier to swim). giving me confidence in the water.

Karl T

Sam G

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 About us

For Love Of Water (FLOW) offer sessions in Lymington, Milford on Sea, Steamer point and the Solent.

Experienced local Open Water Swim Coach Nina Yates and her safety team provide a variety of open water environments and swim retreats to coach 

confidence, technique and efficiency.

From novices wanting to take their first steps into the open water to improvers, experienced and Channel swimmers.

Nina is also passionate about sharing the joy and health benefits of cold water therapy and promotes a respect for the sea. She is also a Psychotherapist and promotes the mental health benefits of being in open water in work :

She is a STA Level 2 Open Water Swim Coach, Level 2 Swimming Teacher, with Winter swimming certificate, Mental Health First aid qualifications.

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Take the plunge!

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1:1 Introduction to Open Water Swimming

This session is designed to establish swim goals, understand open water swim technique, safety aspects then in to the water to take a look. We can provide wetsuit and kit for beginners.

Open Swim Coaching

This a bespoke 1 hour session providing intensive technique and skills coaching, with recommendations for future training. For beginners and experienced swimmers.

Group Sea Swims

Bespoke coached swims to practice technique, distance, different sea conditions in a safe and fun group swim environment.

Cold Water Therapy

FLOW are part of the NHS open water research project. For more details follow the link:


New 1 hour sessions coming soon. A great way to get fit in the great outdoors.

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We’d love to hear from you! Feel free to contact us with any questions.

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Whether you’re a current student of FOR LOVE OF WATER or visiting us for the first time, this section can provide helpful information for you. Take a look below and check back often for the latest updates.

Marathon swimming - female marathon swim


We are pleased to offer pre-season technique sessions at the Lymington Sea baths this Spring. For more details email



We've some exciting South coast sea swims organised for this year. Gentle swims for beginners and distance challenges for experienced swimmers. Contact us for more details.



We partnered with the Lymington Sea Baths to challenge locals to a 1K open water swim to raise money for the local charities.  The event will run again this year details to follow.


Open Water swimming courses for depression


FLOW is passionate about sharing the health benefits of swimming in cold water. Even just a 5 minute bob and chat can raise your spirits and has both mental and physical health benefits. Courses start 18th May 2024 to register go to:

Open Water Swim Kit

Swim Kit

If you would like recommendations for swim kit get in touch.

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