Chillswim’s passion is open water swimming, outdoor swimming, wild swimming, open water swim events and supporting the growth of long distance swimming in the UK.
We also offer guided long distance swims in the Lake District, which we believe is most probably the best place on the planet to swim.
Chillswim is owned and managed by Epic Events LTD and was originally founded by Colin Hill. Colin is an open water swimming pioneer with a vast amount of experience. Colin leads many of the Chillswim guided swims and you’ll find still him aspart of the team on event days for our mass participation events, such as Coniston and Ullswater.
His experience includes being the founder and project manager of the Great Swim series at Nova International (2008 – 2011), being Technical Operations Manager for the Olympic Games Marathon Swimming, London 2012. Director of Swim Secure Limited 2012 to present. FINA (World Governing Body) Open Water Consultant 2013 to present. Swim Serpentine (London Marathon) Swim Director 2016/17. Technical Operations Manager for Glasgow 2018 European OWS Championships. In 2017 Colin was inducted into the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame.
As well as working in open water events Colin ‘swims the swim’ as is an enthusiastic participant. He is a successful English Channel Soloist – 10hrs 30 mins, completed a two way Windermere Solo and has taken part in many open water races and crossings around the world, including a recent 25km Madeira Swim Race. Colin has been World and UK Age Group Champion for 450m Cold Water Swimming, UK Age Group Champion, and as well as swimming throughout the winter in the UK’s Lake District mountain tarns and lakes. He has taken part in Winter Swimming events in Latvia, Finland and Siberia. In February 2013, Colin became the first UK male to officially complete the Ice Mile.
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