I reached out to Cassie as I had previously swam with her (many years ago!) and knew what an extraordinary talent she was. I needed help with Open Water training in preparation for the Ironman70.3 World Championships, and knew she was perfect.
Not only did she write me a fantastic programme which helped me make a lot of progress (both physically and mentally), but she was extremely flexible and supportive throughout. The challenges she faced working with me (living in Germany, being a full time PE teacher and a mum to a 6month old) quickly faded away as she catered to my needs and understood the complexity of my availability.
I would recommend Cassie to anyone who needs help with swimming (Open Water and otherwise), and would certainly recruit her expertise again in the future. She was a huge help during my training and I will be forever grateful to her for her patience, expertise and support!
"I’ve had two amazing swim clinics now with Cassie Patten. The first was in the Best Center in Mallorca and the second in Enniskillen and Mullaghmore in Ireland. So this is a double testimonial. The fact that I not only signed up for a second clinic but actually went to the trouble to organize it with Cassie so our entire swim team could get her expert guidance really says it all.
The two clinics broadly followed the same program and covered open water, pool and dryland sessions each day. The open water sessions focused on starts, sighting, drafting, turning buoys, pacing and eating cake. The cake was optional but I didn’t see anyone hang back! It was a genuinely comprehensive open water workshop. Enhanced through Cassie’s experience of training and racing for many years at the highest level and continued involvement in the sport as a mentor, coach and TV analyst. The pool sessions focused on technique creating a solid foundation for the stroke and building from there. It included video analysis, group open water drills and individually tailored technique drills for each participant from hand entry to recovery. You think you can switch off and hide for a few lengths but the eagle eyes of Coach Patten somehow catch you out. Once when her back was momentarily turned a stroke flaw was spotted by the sound of the hand entry, lazy swimmers watch out! Dryland covered racing tips, nutrition, injury prevention, warm ups, warm downs and dryland workouts. You take away the video analysis, drills, advice and know you have a lot of hard work to do to improve. More importantly you leave with a smile on your face and a passion for swimming. I can’t wait to get back in the water again and yes we’re already working out when we can get Coach Patten back again for another clinic."
Sean Campbell, Masters Swimmer
"I have always enjoyed swimming but knew that my thrashing, clumsy stroke needed improvement. Within 6 months Cassie has worked wonders. Now I swim with a sense of purpose and a smoother stroke. What’s more my self-confidence is growing - I have just completed a 10k river swim. Cassie is the most inspirational, challenging and fun teacher."
Clare Jones, (middle-aged mum and very happy swimmer!)
"I approached Cassie to see if she could help my daughter improve some of her swimming strokes. We found the experience both enjoyable and incredibly positive.
I was particularly taken with Cassie’s ability to explain the instruction in a way a child could appreciate and understand. The video analysis and feedback was exceptional. Since having the session, my daughter has watched this back several times and continues to apply the coaching to her swimming."
Cassie’s passion, knowledge, and dedication to the sport of swimming is remarkable. She has inspired my daughter to progress and we look forward to having another session."
Once again – a huge and very sincere thank you to you from me and all of us for the wonderful stroke technique coaching session at Hillingdon this morning.
It was fabulous and was more than incredibly useful.
I – and we - love what you do and indeed how you do it.
Stephen, The Light fund Channel relay team
I have been having group and 1 to 1 sessions with Cassie, who is amazing. Not only does Cassie have a vast depth of knowledge and experience from her own career as an Olympic swimming medallist but she is also a naturally brilliant teacher. Cassie has a rare ability to make you feel special, even when you're in a group with fourteen others. I would recommend Cassie to anyone who wants to learn or improve, and wants to get more enjoyment out of swimming, whether young or old, beginner or advanced swimmer.
Best wishes, Colin