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Meet The Team : Dave Quartermain

As Founder of Uswim Dave has a passion for open water swimming that has taken him to New York to swim around Manhattan Island and attempt the English Channel three times. As one of the top open water swimmers in the UK he set up Uswim to provide fellow swimmers with the things he never had - quality supervised open water sessions - up North. Since 2007 Uswim has delivered open water events and regular swim sessions to over 40,000 fishfolk and continues to help grow this beautiful sport big time. A long way from him learning to swim in the canal outside his house as a kid!

Swimmer Profile

  • Fastest 1500m – 17:30. Fastest 5km – 1:01
  • Top 3 UK Open Water Swimmer 1993-96
  • 1st male (1st Brit ever) - 1996 Manhattan Island 28.5miles Marathon
  • Three English Channel attempts - 1994, 95, 96 (within 3miles, 300 metres and 3.5 miles respectively)
  • Age Group Winner - 'Swimathon'
  • 3-Way Coniston / 2-Way Ulswater – 7 hours each
  • 2-Way Windermere (Night swim) – 11 hours
  • 80+ marathon swims
  • Future stuff – Watch this space!


  • Interviewed by Adrian Chiles, 2015 (BBC Sport)
  • Featured in BBC Documentary 'Keeping the dream alive'- a profile of my 1996 English Channel attempt
  • Regularly interviewed by Radio 5 Live, Greater Manchester Radio.
  • New York Times (after win in Manhattan)

Meet The Team: Uswim

Our dedicated team is made up of National Pool Lifeguard Qualified staff, Emergency First Aid trained land team members and trained kayakers who manage the health and safety of our swimmers and run our swim sessions safely and professionally.

Uswim's kayak team is made up of the 'Mitchell Boys' - Kenny, Keith Luke - who all hold National Governing Body qualifications which include: British Canoe Union Level 2 (BCU Level 2), Swim Event Safety Award and the BCU Whitewater Safety and Rescue Awards.

On land Karen Smith, Specialist Diabetes Nurse, is a highly experienced 'Emergency First Responder' and Swim Coach. As a swimmer Karen has successfully completed a solo Coniston and Loch Ness and English Channel Relays in 2015 and plans further big challenges in 2016. An integral part of Uswim she coordinates the sales and social media side of Uswim and brings energy and inspiration to our Team.