Last year I undertook what I would consider one of the greatest and the most physically and mentally demanding challenges of my life; swimming the English Channel. On the 1st September 2014 I completed my Channel Swim in a time of 11 hours and 49 mins, 2 hours and 10min quicker than the average crossing time.

Although this is a deeply personal achievement, the effort that goes into such a feat is certainly not purely individual. For this reason I share a large part of the success associated with my achievement with Mark Erickson and the Cannonvale Swim Centre. Mark has helped me on my journey from becoming an ex water polo player to a competitive and accomplished marathon swimmer.

I have a great amount of respect for Mark's technical knowledge, but his passion and tenacity for the sport as well the people he Coaches is what makes me proud to be part of the Cannonvale Swim Centre. Thank you Mark.

I have been part of swimming squads on and off since I was 6 years old and I’ve been a member of Mark’s squad for 5 years.  Mark is a dedicated and professional coach.  He has an in-depth knowledge of the swimming technique in all strokes and, just as importantly, has the great ability of being able to explain it.

He knows when he needs to be tough and he is always fair.  Mark’s training sessions are interesting, diverse and often good fun.  His squad trains well together as a team, regardless of the varying ages.  In this small town, we are very lucky to someone with Mark’s knowledge and experience.”

Our children joined the Cannonvale Cannons Swimming Club in 2012. Coming from Learn to Swim, our son Dylan, did not know how to swim breaststroke or butterfly! He is now ranked second in Queensland Sprints for 50m breaststroke two years in a row and has represented Queensland in School swimming.

This was all achieved by our knowledgeable coach, Mark Erickson, who is always working on improving their technique and speed in the water. Marks strengths lie in his ability to understand exactly what training you need to do to reach your goals and when your coach is committed and cares, you get results!

We have the proof in our two children, who under Marks guidance have grown into tremendous swimmers.  I recommend all persons, young or old, to give swimming a go with Mark Erickson at Cannonvale Swim Centre,  as I believe you will be greatly rewarded.

I have trained unser Mark Erickson for many years now. His expectations and standards of professionalism are a cut above the rest. This has enabled me to achieve many goals I have set. Mark has helped me to overcome both physical and mental barriers, thus allowing me to achieve great things!

I would recommend Mark Erickson to not only people looking for a run rewarding experience, but anyone seeking a challenge!

Natalie Milne