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Who are we?

Swim Smart was formed to provide courses, lessons and mentoring to help you gain the invaluable knowledge, confidence and skills that will enable you to swim outdoors, safely and enjoyably.


Swim Smart can guide you to complete your swimming goals and aspirations, no matter the distance or location.

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The Man Behind the Goggles

I'm Andy Truscott, an open water marathon swimmer from Jersey, Channel Islands.

I started my open water swimming journey back when I was a young 14-year-old lad. Standing at the edge of St Catherine's slip, so nervous and timid about swimming in the sea, I dived in and raced the JASA Long Distance Championships. Some 2 hours later, stroke for stroke alongside local ladies' legend Ali Wood (Horsfall at the time), both touching the same time to take the win for our categories, was the moment I saw the start of my love for open water swimming.

I am held amongst the leading open water marathon swimmers from Jersey, and have been listed as one of the ‘World’s 50 Most Adventurous Open Water Men’ by WOWSA for 2018 & 2019. I was a shortlisted finalist for both Performance Of The Year (2017) for my Jersey to France Double Swim for the British Long Distance Swimming Association Annual Awards, and The Marathon Swimmers’ Federation Annual Award for 2018 Solo Swim Of The Year for my pioneering Double Circumnavigation Of Jersey (2018); and was nominated for the same award for my second Double Round Island Swim in 2019.

Having joined the Jersey Long Distance Swimming Club 25 years ago in the nineties, I fast developed the mindset that to be the best you must beat the best. My ever longer and more challenging swims have seen me go on to inspire countless people both locally and worldwide. I want to inspire others and will willingly give my time, knowledge, and experience to help and support fellow swimmers, both recreational and endurance, in their own individual training and pursuits.

Amongst my achievements during my open water marathon swimming career spanning 25 years, are three unprecedented marathon swims:

  • Minquiers to Jersey 2016,

  • Jersey to France Double 2017, and

  • Double Round Jersey 2018.

As well as other solo and relay swims, I now also hold a Guinness World Record for Fastest Double Circumnavigation of The Island of Jersey in 2018, this being the fifth longest tidally assisted swim of all time per Marathon Swimming Federation (as of May 2021).

We are surrounded by fantastic views with some of the best beaches and seas in the world. Whether your aim is to just be able to dip your toe in the water safely, or to challenge yourself to swim a little further, then please get in touch to see how I can help you achieve those goals with 1-2-1 lessons, a group swim session, or even partaking in a swim camp.

Having started out as a nervous swimmer, I can appreciate what many go through, but, with my experience, I can assist you to achieve those goals

See you in the water!

Andy

My own swimming career

1997

  • NatWest Island Games (1500 Freestyle & 8 x 50 Freestyle Relay)

  • National swimmer with Tigers Jersey (200 Fly)

 

1999

  • Round Jersey Relay (6 person)

 

2001

  • Around Jersey Solo Swim

 

2015

  • Tampa Bay Marathon Swim

  • Jersey to France Solo Swim

 

2016

  • Jersey to France Solo Swim (Former record holder)

  • English Channel Solo Swim

  • Minquies to Jersey Relay (2 person)

  • Round Jersey Relay (3 man)

  • Minquies to Jersey Solo Swim (First to complete pioneering solo)

 

2017

  • Jersey to France to Jersey Solo Swim (First to complete pioneering solo)

  • Shortlisted Finalist for BLDSA Performance Of The Year

 

2018

  • Double Round Jersey Solo Swim (Guiness World Record Holder for the fastest & first to complete pioneering solo)

  • Listed in WOWSA World’s 50 most adventurous Open Water men 

  • Finalist for MSF Solo Swim of the Year

 

2019

  • Round Jersey Solo Swim

  • Double Round Jersey Solo Swim

  • Listed in WOWSA World’s 50 most adventurous Open Water men 

 

 

Career total

  • 8 full distance triathlons (swimmer)

  • JASA Junior - Open Water Championship Winner (several years)

  • JASA Open - Open Water Championship Winner (several years)

  • 1999 Level 1 & Level 2 ASA swim teachers certificate 

  • 2019 I obtained my Powerboat level 2 certificate.

  • 2020 completed my STA level 2 Open Water Coach certificate.