Head Coach / Business Owner / Level Three Triathlon Coach / OWS Coach


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.

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Safety Officer and First Aider

Sea swimming gives me a real sense of freedom and ‘feel good’ factor. In my fifties I have ventured into the world of swim, bike, run!

My most personally challenging achievement was coming from an unconfident ‘ head out of the water’ swimmer to swimming front crawl around Teignmouth pier almost 2 years ago after being persuaded to enrol on the Age UK ‘swim to the sea’ course run coached by Pete.

I love my swim thermals! (Swim socks, gloves and hat) enabling me to sea swim all through the winter without my hands and feet becoming frozen!

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Level Two Coach (swimming / OWS & Triathlon)

My favourite OW discipline is long distance swimming My goal is to swim 10k this year!

My main sport is swimming 🥰 I absolutely love my fins and swim costume, I also love my Orca wetsuit.

My best achievement in swimming is doing my swim adventures such as swimming around St Michael’s Mount, Logan rock, Thatchers rock, and in and around kyance cove.

This year I want to swim around the Ore Stone and swim a 10k in the OW

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

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Sports Scientist / Rehab

Hi, I'm Seamus and I coach on the cold water immersion course.

I currently work as a rehab support worker at the RD&E hospital in Exeter helping inpatients regain their mobility and independence.

My sporting background is in triathlon. Coming to sport in my late teens as a non swimmer with fear of water I have since gone on to compete around the world.
It may therefore be surprising that my interests in exercise aren't always competition focused. Instead I like to see exercise as a corner stone of a healthy and happy lifestyle through improving physical, psychological and social health.

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Lifeguard / Assistant Coach

Hi, I’m Harriet. I’m currently studying Early Childhood Studies in Bath. I am hoping to continue my studies into occupational therapy afterwards.

I joined the Teignmouth Surf Life Saving Club when I was 9 and found a love for open water swimming, running and surfing.

This will be my 4th summer working with Pete as an assistant coach and lifeguard.

This year my aim is to swim up the Avon from Bantham beach to Aveton Gifford and back which will be 14 kilometres. My biggest swim yet!

Looking forward to meeting you all and getting back in the sea when I’m home from uni :)

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Level Two Coach / Qualified Primary Teacher

Not only does triathlon training offer me structure in life, it’s a lot of fun and a great opportunity to expend lots of energy!

I have lived experience of the importance of diet and nutrition for female triathletes. For over ten years I have balanced work and studies with a full training schedule.

Whilst I am fairly new to coaching, I have helped Pete with social media and coaching the junior section for some time.

Now my aim is to continue to coach with a holistic perspective to help people excel by considering the stresses and strains of life when prescribing training.

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Safety crew / Activator


I'm Isaac I'm 16 I've been a member of the lifesaving club for many years and have played rugby for many years too.

I go to TCS in teignmouth and am very friendly to chat to so feel free to chat.

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Level Two Coach / NHS Nutritional Expert

I started triathlon back in 2019 but was scared of the sea. To overcome this, I joined Pete’s OWS sessions, these really helped to build my confidence.

A couple years on, I’ve now completed a 10KM open water swim and have qualified for GB Age group European Championships in Middle Distance Triathlon.

As a level 2 triathlon coach, my goal is to help motivate others to take part in triathlon or open water swimming, not just for the physical benefits but for mental health too.

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