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About Emily

Emily Woodley

Meet Emily

We all get in the water for a reason……..


The water and the outdoors have always been an important part of my life and when I can I like to spend time by, on or in the water.  Swimming has always been my go to activity.  


I have a professional background in skills, learning, advice and guidance and a passion for personal development.  I believe learning can happen anywhere, anytime and in many different ways.


I am a qualified, insured and DBS checked STA Open Water Swimming Coach (Tutored by Keri-Anne Payne), Swimming Teacher and SurfLifeSavingGB First Aider.  I have current training in Open water Swimmer Safety and Rescue (tutored by Coast to Coast Water Safety)


In my teens and twenties, I took part in a number of personal development opportunities which used the dynamic nature of the outdoors to encourage taking personal responsibility and contributing in a team environment.  Both are helpful abilities for swimming, especially in open water.


I competed at school, university and club level in hockey and Cornish pilot gig racing and understand the commitment and intensity of the physical training, the mental and the emotional preparation required for competitive events.  These days I’m less competitive and prefer to participate in events that challenge.  


I swim both skins (in a swimming costume) and in a wetsuit, it all depends on where I am, who I’m swimming with, how I feel and what the conditions are like.


See you in the water soon



“Was extremely lucky to find Emily to help me with my preparation for Ironman triathlons in 2022. Her calm, thoughtful tuition really helped me to relax in the open water, and she helped enormously with techniques such as sighting and breathing properly. Despite a very rough sea swim, I came second in my age group at Ironman Wales, and then won the British Middle Distance triathlon championship. Thank you so much, Emily - looking forward to learning even more from you in 2023!”


“You’re never too old or experienced to learn about swimming in the outdoors and sea.  Having entered the Scilly Swim Challenge, I needed guidance & help to prepare for what was to be my biggest ever swim.  Emily is wonderful and her knowledge & own experiences helped me enormously.  I knew I’d be a faffer with all my kit, Emily advised on what I’d need, how to pack it and carry it. Meeting her for training swim/walks with my kit was invaluable”. 


Open water event experience


My open water experience over the last 10 years started with the Ecover Blue Mile in 2012, since then I have participated in the Seahorse Swim, Plymouth Breakwater Challenge, Dart 10K, Bantham Swoosh, Bantham Boomerang, Burgh Island and 8 Scilly Swim Challenges (15km of inter island swimming, 10km walking) and Scilly 360 (14km race around St Marys)


Isles of Scilly Lighthouse Challenge 2021/2022 (Wolf: swim 40km, bike 1000km, run/walk 476km between October 2021 & March 2022) 

Penguin Antarctic Challenge (swim 3km outdoors per month between November & March) 

Bantham Boomerang 

Bantham Swoosh



Isles of Scilly Lighthouse Challenge 2020/2021 (SevenStones:  Swim 23km, Bike 994km , Run/Walk 346km between October 2020 and March 2021)

Scilly Swim Challenge 1 day



Scilly 360 Race round St Marys & Swim Down 



Scilly 360 Race (Test Event), Scilly Swim Challenge 1 day 



Scilly Swim Challenge 2 day



Scilly Swim Challenge 1 day plus pod leader (checking swimmers in and out of the water) on 2 day challenge, 

Plymouth Breakwater Challenge 



Seahorse Swim Dorset (Studland Bay)

Scilly Swim Challenge 1 day 



Scilly Swim Challenge 1 day



Dart 10km



Blue Mile, Plymouth, volunteer support at Dart 10km

Open water event experience
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