About Pete

I am Pete Wilby. I began competing in triathlons in 2007 and found I had an aptitude for the sport. I competed in the world and European age group triathlons between 2010 and 2013 - sprint, middle-distance and long distance – along with Ironman 70.3 and other events, winning the World Long Distance ITU Triathlon Championships for the 30-34 age group at Belfort, France, in 2013.

 

I studied sports science at the University of Exeter between 2010 and 2013. On graduating, my studies, coupled with my competition experience, prompted me to start coaching.

 

I am a Level Three British Triathlon coach, a Level Two Training Peaks coach and Level Two Open Water Swimming Coach also qualified in strength and conditioning. I love coaching and seeing the difference it makes to people. I get enormous pleasure from seeing our juniors progress and from our adult athletes meeting their personal goals – like Ben developing from an inexperienced swimmer to the European championship, and Gerry becoming the oldest swimmer ever to swim the length of Lake Windermere. And I love working in this beautiful part of the world and introducing swimmers to the pleasures and challenges of our long-distance swimming adventures.

 

I hope you find the right sort of support for you on this website. But please do get in touch if you are uncertain about what is right for you.

Head Coach / Business Owner

Pete

What is your favorite triathlon discipline?

I like all of them combined so it would be triathlon with an OWS.

Top tip?

Better drowned than duffers if not duffers won’t drown.

How long have you been coaching?

Just coming up to ten years

Joe

Boat Driver / Lifeguard

What would you say is your best athletic achievement?

Getting timed swim down for RNLI. 4 weeks solid effort -down by 45 seconds.

What is your no.1 piece of advice when OWS?

Swim in groups.

How long have you been lifeguarding?

2nd season.


Josh

Boat Driver / Lifeguard

Best athletic achievement?

surf lifesaving nationals

Top tip for staying safe?

Swim in area you know or take someone with you

How long have you been lifeguarding?

Lifeguarding for 3 years

Nat

Level Two Coach

What made you get into OWS?

OWS makes me feel happy and good for mental health. I enjoy the challenge of OWS.

Why do you want to coach?

I like to see the benefits of how OWS can help people feel happier.

What do you enjoy most about OWS?

OWS makes me feel happy. I enjoy the freedom and swimming in an open space, without feeling confined.


Isaac

Assistant Coach

What do you enjoy most about OWS?

I enjoy the swell - when the waves are big.

Top tip?

Prepare for all weather beware of strong winds or current.

Best athletic achievement?

2nd in a Devon (county standard) run and pleased with rugby performance.

Harriet

Lifeguard / Assistant Coach

What do you enjoy most about OWS?

Affects my mental health positively

Why do you think it is important for children to learn to swim in the Open Water?

So they know how to swim safely in the sea and prevent emergencies

Favourite wetsuit brand?

Xterra


Laura

Safeguarding Officer / Social Media

What do you like most about OWS?

I like how it is different to the pool and the variety. I enjoy races in open water.

What is your no.1 piece of advice when OWS?

Keep calm- even if you spot a jellyfish! Take the time to sight.

What is most challenging about OWS?

Being adaptable to changing conditions.



Fran

Assistant Coach

What do you find most challenging about OWS?

The weather.

How long have you been lifeguarding?

6 years

Favourite wetsuit brand?

C skins

Linda

Safety Officer and First Aider

What do you enjoy most about OWS?

The feeling of freedom.

Why did you start OWS?

Because my daughter encouraged me.

What do you find most challenging about OWS?

I get a bit nervous when it is a bit choppy. I get a bit nervous and excited at the same time when out of my depth.

Pete

Head Coach / Business Owner


What is your favorite triathlon discipline?

I like all of them combined so it would be triathlon with an OWS.

Top tip?

Better drowned than duffers if not duffers won’t drown.

How long have you been coaching?

Just coming up to ten years