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About Us

SwimWell is a leader in Adult Swimming Improvement in the pool and Open Water.

From complete beginners to elite swimmers and triathletes we've got you covered. 

Based on the proven Total Immersion methodology, we coach in the water with you all the way. 

Based in Melbourne, Victoria we conduct Swim Clinics and Camps Australia wide. 

SwimWell Founder - Peter Hendriks

Unlike many other coaches, Peter started his swimming career later in life. He was a senior WAFL footballer and a State and Australian junior athletics representative and also enjoyed surfing.

After a near drowning event, Peter taught himself to swim and went on to win an U12 school swimming trophy at school.  But football and athletics dominated his sporting life, so he did not actively restart swimming again until the year 2000.

 

As a result, he is very empathetic and understands the challenges faced by the majority of Adults and triathletes wanting to either learn or to improve their swimming.
Peter learnt to coach in the USA under the tutelage of 7 time US College Coach of the Year, Terry Laughlin (RIP),  (founder of Total Immersion).

 

Peter’s knowledge, patient style and passion for continuous improvement and teaching, is what sets him apart from other coaches. He has a proven track record with complete beginners, water phobics, right  through to elite and National level swimmers.

Peter has become one of Australia’s leading technique coaches and people have travelled from all parts of the globe to learn from him.

In more recent times Swimwell have included the operations of High Performance swim squads at the prestigious Melbourne Girls Grammar.

 

Peter is an accomplished Open Water Swimmer and has participated in 1000’s of Open Water Swims and Marathons. Swimwell have taught more than 8000 swimmers who have learnt how to reduce drag, and swim easier, further, and faster than ever before.

 

Peter’s goal is to educate coaches and swimmers on how to instruct and swim the Swimwell way, a way in which every person can swim efficiently, for whatever purpose they choose, either for performance, health and wellbeing , or for sheer pleasure.

Swimwell are recognised leaders in Victoria in the world of Open Water and Cold Water swim programs, squads and camps.

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Coach - Charlie Evans

Small business operator, swim coach, teacher of adults and TAFE teacher, married with two adult daughters, living in Melbourne.

Assoc Dip Hort, Dip Training and assessment, ASCTA licenced development coach, Coach of Open Water swimming, AUSTSWIM teacher of water safety, Adults, and competitive strokes. Swimwell Academy. LSV Silver patrol captain

Areas of Specialisation: Teaching and mentoring, coaching and Event management, Open Water Swim coaching, Swim Technique specialist, water safety, and building confidence and overcoming fear in the water.


Proudest Achievements:  include Completing a range of IRONMAN events, Multiple Rottnest Channel Swims (20km open water), marathon swims, team English Channel crossings, Ultra 24km marathon swim, Melbourne Marathon sub 4hrs, Oxfam Trailwalker every year & a podium finish in the Barwon Heads triathlon. My biggest reward comes from seeing swimmers become confident and skilled and find joy and wellbeing in the water, my greatest achievement is receiving positive feedback and energy from swimmers. Mentoring in resilience and a range of life skills. I have recently achieved Grandpa status.

Community: The best part of this role is being able to work with the open water swim community from across the globe; I am a people person and love building strong relationships with swimmers at all levels and helping people reach their goals no matter how big or small. I am a both a lifetime and daily swimmer and enjoy sharing that journey with others. I love the story, “the why” and am less impressed by high performance than by adversity and resilience. Active patrolling member at WSLSC
 

Social Content Creator and Administrator - Pam Hendriks

Though not an open water swimmer herself, Pam, as Peter's wife, has been part of the SwimWell story since its inception. Drawing on her background in design & consulting, and great love of travel, she is also the brains behind Swimwell’s Aqua Travel adventures on the Amalfi Coast. Those of you who have participated in swim camps & swim events may know her as part of our support team.

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Social Content Creator and Administrator - Brittany Stack

 - Daughter of Coach Peter

- Mum of a 2 year old who loves swimming much to his Opa Pete’s delight!

- Lover of the water, though not a “swimmer” myself (…yet)

- Providing social media & admin support to Swimwell along side working in the fashion industry

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Total Immersion

TI is a unique Adult swimming education program

Swimming in Australia is ever increasing in popularity, however the percentage of swimmers with good technique is relatively small.

Recent Government research suggests that 85% of school children leave school without being able to swim. This has sparked enormous funding in an effort to reduce that number. 90% of the children asked if they could swim said “Yes”, but could not meet the minimum standard of being able to swim 100M in less than 4 minutes.

These children turn into adults that say they can swim.

Total Immersion (TI) is a Global technique correction program that brings results far quicker than conventional methods and helps any student master a fluent, effective and efficient technique that makes swimming more satisfying and enjoyable.

Different programs have been developed to meet the needs of All levels from beginners to elite swimmers and from teenagers to seniors.

Total Immersion founder, Terry Laughlin, has always dreamed of “A world where people can swim any distance as easily as they might go for a stroll” and TI Melbourne senior coach Peter Hendriks is passionate about making that a reality.

Terry Laughlin passed away in October 2017 as a result of prostate cancer. His goal was to teach as many people how to achieve  “walking”, “jogging” and “running” options in water. Peter’s life ambition is to continue the great work started by Terry.

FAQ

Where do I start if I am learning how to swim?

That is a great question, and there is so much information made available to us online it is hard to know who to trust and where to begin. We would suggest heading over to our Complete Beginner  page which gives you the rundown of your options when you are beginning your swimming journey.

 

Where can I find people to open water swim with in Melbourne?

We would love to welcome you to one of our Open Water Squads (link this) where you will meet a range of open water swimmers. You can also have a look at our Open Water Community (link this) page which shows you a list of the community swims that we are aware of.

 

Why do I find it so hard to swim fast when I am a strong athlete?

Swimming quickly and efficiently is based around technique and simply trying to turn your arms over as quickly as you can will often have the opposite effect and actually make you slower. Therefore your fitness levels may be high but that will not help you swim faster until you take the time to slow down and understand about technique and build from there.

 

How do I get over my fear of jellyfish?

Exposure tends to be the best way of dealing with nervousness around jellyfish and other sea creatures. One of our community members says that she imagines the jellyfish as her own personal cheer squad cheering her on which is a fabulous way of turning that fear around.

 

How do I train for a long swim?

If you are training for a 10km marathon swim or for any other swimming challenge please talk to us (link to Peter email) as we can provide you with a training plan. If we have enough interest in a particular event we would look at creating squad sessions centred around this event, so please reach out if you have an event in mind as other people may have expressed an interest and we can create a training package for you.

 

Is open water swimming in cold water good for you?

There are so many benefits of open water swimming in cold water, starting from increased blood circulation as well as creating an exhilarating natural high. Furthermore you are burning calories as well as creating a positive outlet to deal with stress. There are, of course, risks that are associated with swimming in cold water and you should never swim alone. 

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SwimWell Coaches

 Our coaches have been active in the Bayside Swimming Community for many years and are very proud of having helped many swimmers achieve their dream of competing at Kona or swimming the English Channel.

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Peter Hendriks

Peter is a certified Total Immersion Swim Coach and is passionate about all things technique and open water swimming. 

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Charlie Evans

Charlie is an accredited  ASCTA Swim Coach and instructor and Open Water Enthusiast. 

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