Whether you're a complete beginner to open water, an intermediate or experienced wild swimmer, sessions are tailored to your aspirations.
From acclimatisation techniques to learning how to risk assess conditions and the environment to developing stroke efficiency and advanced open water skills, I deliver sessions with a holistic learner centred ethos within a supportive environment. This can be a coaching session, guided wild swim in beautiful Argyll waters or both.
Sessions are offered across Argyll for individuals or small groups. I also collaborate with Provident Sailing, a majestic 100 year old ship, to facilitate sustainable wild swim adventure holidays across the coastline of Argyll, Hebrides and Highlands.
Sessions from dry land will typically last from 45 minutes to an hour, depending on weather conditions and the individual. The session will include a theoretical based beginning and what I call a "soft start transition" on dry land before anything between 15 to 30 minutes in the water (could be longer, depending on the swimmer and conditions) followed by an integrated recovery on dry land and plenary.
For the guided wild swim adventures by boat on Loch Fyne, the tours last for about two hours with anywhere between 30 minutes to an hour in the water, depending on conditions and the individual.
Culture and Traditions, Oceans and Seas, Plants and Animals, Land and Climate
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Into the wild. Into the water.
Explore Argyll’s unique waters, above and below.
Dan the Merman is a wild swim coach and guide, based in the awe-inspiring coastline of the heart of Argyll. He offers high quality professional open water coaching, guided snorkel and wild swim experiences for all across this stunning corrugated landscape. Dan the Merman is committed to sustainability and cares deeply about the globally significant biodiversity of Argyll. He travels by e-cargo bike across Knapdale in order to deliver his acclaimed experiences. Dan is also passionate about the indigenous language and culture of our coastline, Gaelic, and enjoys sharing knowledge of its intrinsic connection to nature.
If you'd like to explore majestic waters for a guided swim or snorkel with RLSS open water safety cover or hone skills in the wild with a bespoke holistic coaching experience, see Dan's website to book and immerse your senses in the Argyll Hope Spot. This is a unique marine protected area and first of its kind in Scotland. Dan works closely with this community led initiative in the Loch Sween area, Sound of Jura. Private sessions and guided tours are available all year round in Knapdale, Oban, Cowal and Kintyre. Keep an eye out for eco-conscious Hebridean swim adventures in collabaration with Provident Sailing.