Background - The Ocean Walker Academy
The newly built Ocean Walker Academy is set on the edge of the Lincolnshire Wolds. The idea for the purpose-built facility came from Record Breaking Ocean Swimmer Adam Walker and partner Gemma Clarke 4 years ago after seeing a picture of a log cabin surrounded by a lake. Their dream to have a place like this with the goal of providing a range of outdoor/indoor activities in order to help and support peoples physical and mental wellbeing and help change peoples lives.
Adam Walker (First British person to complete the toughest 7 ocean swims in the world and founder/creator of Ocean Walker Technique) and Gemma Clarke (Co founder and Head Coach of the Ocean Walker Technique) passion is to help people achieve their swimming goals by teaching them a unique way of swimming which can overcome injury and make them swim the most efficient way possible.
‘I have been lucky enough to achieve my ultimate dream which I never thought would be possible with my injuries and I now want to help others achieve their goals and dreams.’
Adam developed the swim technique called ‘Ocean Walker Technique’ out of necessity having been advised to give up swimming by medical specialists after swimming the English Channel due to shoulder injury. The new technique he developed saw him swim 6 more channels including 17 hours non-stop in Hawaii completing 60 km and swimming from Ireland to Scotland, achieving this amazing achievement against all odds.
'People started asking me how to do the stroke, so I started to give people tips. More and more then wanted to learn so I decided to start coaching it. I never meant to coach full time, I had a full time job selling kettles and toasters but I realised how many people I could help.'
The couple went on a mission to find the perfect venue that would have the potential to ‘Change peoples lives’ on an even bigger scale. They found it in a 17 acre smallholding on the edge of the Lincolnshire Wolds.
‘Having been a working Goat farm the place was in a bit of a mess when we moved in, everything was overgrown and a lot of work was needed. There was a massive muck heap, and being a cold, wet first Winter it was mucky and muddy everywhere. But we always had the vision of what it could become and it was worth all the effort. We hope everyone will love it as much as we do!’
It has now transformed into a stunning 7 acre lake with four islands and 3 acres of elevated landscaped garden to provide beautiful viewing points.
In addition there is a multi-purpose activity barn with an indoor endless pool for swim technique training/water therapy as well as a gym and open space for fitness classes, business conferences, weddings with café available. The glass fronted sliding doors offer stunning panoramic views of the lake with outside seating to enjoy nature at its best!
The centre is situated less than 30 minutes from Lincoln City Centre in Langton By Wragby on a secluded spot away from light pollution and busy roads which is why it is the idea spot for peace and tranquility. The stars are incredible at night!
See how Adam and Gemma achieved building their own facility!
We have put together snippets of how the Ocean Walker Crystal Lake came to be.
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