2015 Channel Relay - One Direction Julie Covich Feedback

Julie Covich, Western Australian Swimmer from 2015 Australian team “One Direction”

An excellent undertaking, my participation in a successful relay crossing was the culmination of a lifelong ambition. I cannot thank Chloe enough for making it all possible. The training programs, skypes, emails, phonecalls, boat and pilot hire, accommodation bookings and positive support at camps were all first class, thoroughly professional but more importantly were from someone who has been there and done that and is wildly and exuberantly passionate about channel swimming. Co-opting Paul to be our On Board Team Manager for the swim was also one of the best decisions our team made. His experience, skill and professionalism were world class and his contribution to the successful crossing was huge.

The commitment to the adventure is not all consuming, the intensity and frequency of training is achievable by competent swimmers, the cost and time needed is manageable but the rewards are epic. Increased fitness and ability to withstand cold water are incidental to the new friendships, fun and memories that are created. The training the travel and the time are a very small price to pay to enable you to forever be a Channel Swimmer

Duncan Hall, Tassie Swimmer from 2015 Australian team “One Direction”


Thank you so much for the opportunity to be part of something great. If anyone had told me a couple of years ago that I’d be swimming the channel in 2015, I wouldn’t have believed them.

The whole 12 month experience – from application and interview, through training and learning to love the cold, to climbing ashore in France – was made richer by the friendships we forged and the memories shared together as a team. Would I recommend this adventure to anyone who had half an interest in swimming the Channel? Absolutely!! You wont regret it.

Julie Sladden, Tassie Swimmer from 2015 Australian team “One Direction”


I chanced upon the opportunity to swim the English Channel through the Master’s website, and made contact with Chloe McCardel in April 2014; I never expected this challenge to eventuate.
Chloe coached, encouraged, gave guidance through the whole journey at the same time demanding commitment to the program. I met solid people, swam in cold water, travelled to Dover and crossed the Channel!
“Get Comfortable Being Uncomfortable”
 Wes Rawlings, WA Swimmer from 2015 Australian team “One Direction”

The opportunity afforded to me by Chloë’s program transformed me from being an open water swimmer musing about what it would be like to swim the Channel with my friends, to someone who has actually now done it. I had no idea of how to go about it; Chloë took care of the logistics, directed my training, encouraged my aspirations and connected me to a fantastic group of like-minded individuals with the same aspirations, which made the whole journey a lot of fun as well as purposeful and directed. Much of the credit for this must also go to Paul, Chloë’s husband, whose unfailing good humour and motivational skills made us get going when the going got tough! Thanks to Chloë and Paul, at age 61 I was able to ‘swim the dream’ of the Channel!

Michael Nicol, VIC Swimmer from 2015 Australian team “Aussie Crawl”

I found Chloe to be extremely knowledgeable and professional. Joining her training program changed my goal of swimming the Channel from a dream to a reality. Without her support and encouragement I would have struggled to achieve it.

Brett Davis, VIC Solo English Channel Swimmer

Dear Chloe, I can’t thank you enough for ALL of your hard work last week with taking the SAA swimmers across the channel!  I have spoken to nearly all the participants and one theme that is incredibly consistent in their feedback is how absolutely incredible you were!  They all raved and raved about how you made their once-in-lifetime accomplishment so special and one they will never forget!  ;@)….
Thank you thank you thank you for all you have done for us over the past year!  Simply amazing!!
Janel Jorgensen McArdle
President / CEO
Swim Across America


As a lifelong swimmer, attempting the English Channel has been more than a thought for many years.  In 2014, I was offered an opportunity to be part of a relay team to attempt the English Channel and represent the Swim Across America organization.  SAA raises money for cancer research and awareness.  As part of my commitment to the SAA team, I was provided an English Channel swimming coach….Chloe McCardel from Australia.  I am 54 years old and have been swimming and participating in triathlons for as long as I can remember, so of course I didn’t think I needed a swim coach.  I immediately googled Chloe and was initially impressed by her open water swimming accomplishments.  More importantly (as a guy!), I was also impressed by how attractive she is from her photos….big blue eyes, great smile, blonde hair and obviously athletic.  I convinced myself I could “suffer” thru some Skypes and emails with Chloe over the next several months in preparation for our Channel attempt, as did two of my team mates Bob and Tim!   On our team’s first Skype, Chloe’s engaging personality quickly took center stage.  Her knowledge of open water swimming is thoroughly impressive and her enthusiasm is contagious.  I began to look forward to our calls and emails as a friendship began to build.   Her advice and guidance through this “bucket list” adventure was invaluable.  Chloe struck a nice balance between giving us confidence so we would enjoy the swim, yet give us enough warning to ensure we respected the challenge and thus prepare properly.  Chloe helped us in all aspects of our preparation —  detailed workouts, nutrition, clothing, fundraising and etc.  One of Chloe’s more endearing qualities is how humble she is regarding her accomplishments and knowledge, which is typical of open water swimmers….and her Australian accent doesn’t hurt either!  On September 1, 2014 our team successfully swam the Channel in 11 hours and 13 minutes.  Chloe was cheering us on the whole way, while her husband Paul was updating their Facebook page with our progress so our friends and relatives could follow along.  At this point, I cannot imagine the Channel experience without her guidance and coaching.  I am confident Bob, Tim and I will keep close with Chloe, and we hope to be lucky enough to have her coach us in another swimming endeavor in the future.  If you  need a swim coach and/or charity organizer….Chloe is awesome!!!

Sincerely — her big fans,
Rip Reeves, New Jersey
Bob Burrow, Massachusetts
Tim Lovett, New York