Josie’s escape from Alcatraz

Honorary Mermaid Josie Arden recently swam one of Team Mermaids bucket list swims the short but brutal crossing from Alcatraz prison to San Francisco bay.  She spoke to Katie about her experience. Katie: What inspired you to swim Alcatraz?  Josie: I think there was quite a large amount of ‘I don’t know if I can... Continue Reading →

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Bucket List Swims

We often ramble on to each other and others about the "wouldn't that be cool" swims.  Often it then results in us signing up for something that we probably shouldn't have but these are the adventures that have yet to happen due to various factors.  So what are our bucket list swims, races, holidays and... Continue Reading →

Top 10 tips for Pool Crawling!

We love a Pool Crawl so we have done a few and therefore, have self appointed ourselves as Pool crawl Presidents! So here is our Top 10 tips for Pool Crawling.  Thanks to our Pool crawling partners in crime Brian and Pivo for helping us with the below. Have a small purse/freezer bag with 20ps and... Continue Reading →

Lake District 2017

After our week in the lake district last year, we were keen to do a longer Buttermere swim and also explore some areas of the lakes we hadn’t got to. Saturday (Manda) Saturday we arrived in Penrith accompanied by David and Brian to pick up our very small hire car, which with 3 tall adults,... Continue Reading →

2Swim4Life 2017

Brian here, occasional guest blogger for team mermaids. On the 22nd April I took part in the 2swim4life event in Guildford Lido for the second time. The format of the event is that you swim a mile every hour for 24 hours. I was aiming for about 26 minutes per mile, which would mean I... Continue Reading →

A tale of three swimathons

Back in January I (Manda) had what I thought at the time was an amazing idea (these things so often start this way…).  After doing the swimathon in 2016 at 30 weeks pregnant I asked myself what could I do it make it harder this year?  I know I thought let’s do the swimathon multiple... Continue Reading →

The Swimmer

Back in the depths of winter last year Manda texted me to ask me if I was up for doing 'The Swimmer' in March. I hadn't heard of the event before but with a name like that surely it was right up my street and I promptly accepted. Fast forward a couple of months and... Continue Reading →

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