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Diabetes proves no barrier for long distance swimmer

When Mark Holmes was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes in 2021, he thought his open water
swimming days were over, but he couldn’t have been more wrong. Two years on, and with several
long-distance swims under his belt, he’s as passionate now as ever and attributes his swimming to
helping maintain his health and mental wellbeing.

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Drowning message gets splash of colour thanks to street artist

London street artist EyeSaw – AKA Paul Cottie – has put drowning prevention in the picture by
painting a 2m high mural in the Cotswolds.

Carrying the clear message ‘Think before you sink’, the artwork was created to mark World
Drowning Prevention Day and was commissioned by swimming charity SwimTayka.

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Are you ready to make a splash?

It’s time to celebrate World Drowning Prevention Day with SwimTayka! 

Are you ready to make a splash? It’s time to mark World Drowning Prevention Day with SwimTayka! 

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Channel swim moves 5,500 miles – to South Korea!

It may seem unlikely that a Channel swim can take place anywhere other than between England and France, but that is exactly what happened when students in South Korea got together to stage a fundraiser for SwimTayka.

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Swimming in Peru: seven weeks of lessons are underway

We’re helping more children than even to learn to swim in Peru, thanks to our partnership with NGO on the ground Otra Cosa Network.

And we’re thrilled that soon among the volunteers could be some of the children who learnt to swim on a SwimTayka programme.

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Chairman Report 2022

What a year. Coming out of the pandemic, with our full complement of volunteers this year, it was challenging but very successful, as they all supported the programmes and our partnering organisations worldwide.

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Double gold for SwimTayka’s Bryan Avery at Ice Swimming World Championships

Last week saw Samoéns, in France, host the 5th Ice Swimming World Championships and we’re delighted that our very own Bryan Avery was taking part.

Bryan is an enthusiastic open-water swimmer, and he was representing Team GB in the 100m and 50m breaststroke swims.

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Teaching the teachers: how volunteers are supporting our Mozambique programme

A vital part of running programmes with our partner projects around the world is providing quality swim instruction to the children – which is where some of our volunteers come in. 

The focus of our partner in Mozambique – Love the Oceans – is to support the local community in establishing a Marine Protected Area in the Inhambane Province, along the coastline of Guinjata. Teaching swimming is one small part of this bigger project, which is putting environmental concerns for marine life at its heart.

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Triumphing after 19 hours and 35 miles: Phil’s Channel swim

Imagine swimming for 16 hours across the Channel, being within one mile of the French coast and then having to keep going for another three hours because of the pesky current.

That’s exactly what happened to Channel swimmer Phil Preece, 54, who discovered it was a case of mind over matter to ensure he successfully completed the challenge. In total his swim took 19 hours, he travelled 35 miles and he had to give it everything he had to get to shore.

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Meet our Bali volunteers: teaching swimming in the tropics

For only his second time on a plane, taking a journey of nearly 8,000 miles to help teach children to swim on a tropical island was pretty intrepid for SwimTayka volunteer Brandon Carter.

But that’s just what he and fellow volunteer Jemima Brimacombe did this summer, when they spent two weeks in Bali, helping with the SwimTayka swim programme.

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