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Colin Hill

Colin Hill is a well known figure in the international open water swimming community and, in an earlier life – an expedition kayaker and whitewater rafting guide.

Back in 1985 Colin Broke three World Records while at school for getting very dizzy! He completed the fastest 100 kayak hand-rolls (2 min 39 sec), fastest 1000 kayak rolls in 31 mins and most ever continuous kayak rolls - 3700 in 2 hours 30 mins! 

Colin went on to work as a whitewater rafting guide and safety kayaker did several seasons in Japan, New Zealand, Nepal, Ethiopia, Austria, Nepal, Zimbabwe, Ecuador and Switzerland.

His kayaking expeditions included Zimbabwe’s Eastern Highlands, Sikkim, Papua New Guinea, Northern Pakistan (inc the Indus River), Vietnam, Northern India, Ecuador, and Canada’s Yukon.

It was Colin's vision that brought about the first Great North Swim in 2008. Colin was then called to work for London 2012 Olympics as Technical Operations Manager for Marathon Swimming and has subsequently become an open water swimming consultant for FINA. In 2016 Colin was also hired as Swim Director for London Marathon Events, to organise the Swim Serpentine in Hyde Park. Colin is Director of Lake District company Chillswim (events include the Big Chill Swim and Chillswim Coniston) and has developed a range of open water swim safety products under the label Swim Secure. 

As well as organising events Colin is an accomplished swimmer in open water and winter swimming events, having swim the English Channel in a time of 10 hours 30 mins, won a 25km swim in Madeira in 2015 and was competing in Siberia in 2016 at the World Winter Swimming Championships (which was held in 0 degree water).

Colin lives next to Ullswater, where he swims most days.

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