How it all began

smiling swimmers in a row gabby in a wetsuit near some rocks a lone swimmer look out across the water

Gone Swimming was born when two friends were struggling to find a UK swimming holiday that catered to their passions for outdoor swimming, good food and adventure.

Sure, there were a few swimming holiday companies out there, but all the booking forms seemed to come with a training plan, the accommodation was often just a tent and there was rarely any mention of what the food might be like. When we looked into it we found other swimmers shared our frustrations.

So, with years of hospitality and water safety experience between us, we decided to take a different approach and instead, share our swimming adventures and knowledge of North Wales with like-minded guests.

Gone Swimming has steadily built a reputation for small group adventures and we have become known for good fun, amazing swimming and great cakes!

We also take water safety very seriously.  Aside from the inherent risks involved in outdoor swimming (which are an important part of the adventure!) we believe being physically relaxed in the water is a crucial part of becoming a more confident swimmer. For these reasons we do everything we can to make guests feel safe and at ease in the water so they can enjoy their experience to the full.

The team

Gone Swimming is run by Gabby, who learned to swim in the waters off Anglesey before she could walk.  Over the years, she developed a strong passion for the water, through countless hours of swimming, diving and sailing all around the UK and overseas.

As her professional involvement in open water has grown she has devoted great amounts of time to coaching and water safety qualifications, so our guests can rest assured that they're in safe hands.

Qualifications:

  • STA Level 1 Pool to Open Water swimming coach
  • STA Level 2 Open Water swimming coach
  • ASA Level 2 certified teacher of aquatics
  • RLSS National Beach Lifeguard Qualification
  • Rescue3 Europe Swiftwater & Flood Rescue Technician
  • PADI Rescue Diver
  • BSAC Snorkel Instructor
  • RYA Day Skipper

Gabby’s relaxed and easy-going personality is reflected in the way Gone Swimming approaches things.  Outdoor swimming can be tranquil and relaxing or exciting and adventurous – we believe this sense of freedom is really important, so we avoid being too rigid with our plans and do everything we can to accommodate guests’ preferences so they can enjoy their time in the outdoors as much as possible

Gabby is supported by a talented team of experienced and qualified guides, who have a range of aquatic and outdoors expertise.  With the beautiful outdoors of North Wales as our playground, and the team’s huge appetite for open water, adventure and of course cake, we hope you’ll join us in the open water soon!