Suzie Dods is an accomplished open water swimmer. She coaches swimmers to confidently meet the challenges of open water swimming whether long distance or around your local bay, river, lake, or swimming pool.
I have been swimming since I was 14 years old. I started swimming open water when I was 25 or 26.
My first open water attempt (Lake Tahoe from Sand Harbor to Chambers Landing, 14 miles) ended in failure, but I learned so much from that swim. I draw on those lessons practically every swim I attempt. Since then I have completed the length and width of Lake Tahoe CA (17 and 14 miles respectively) as well as both an English Channel and Catalina Channel solo.
Some of my favorite swims in the US include the Great Salt Lake Swim in Utah (8.19 miles), Swim the Suck in Chattanooga, TN (10 miles), Pennock Island Swim in Ketchikan AK ( 8 miles), and the Portland 11 Bridges Swim in Portland, OR (11 miles).
I continue to swim open water in San Francisco Bay, as well as train in a pool.
I love swimming, and I love the feeling of open water swimming. It gives me a feeling of freedom, of strength, and it gives me a feeling of wilderness in an urban environment. Every day is different.
I coach and teach swimming because I love helping people overcome their anxieties about open water, and to swim safely and confidently.