1 scared swimmer, 6 months, 1800 miles of coastline:

The Big, Mad Swim Around Britain

From April 2018, follow Paula ‘Must Try Harder’ McGuire, as the recluse turned adventurer takes on her toughest challenge yet – attempting to become the first person ever to swim all the way around mainland Britain.

A recovering aquaphobic, who spent 30 years unable to break a sweat without worrying about drowning, Paula will test herself beyond the limits of reason – and safety – to show that, while anxiety makes life hard, adventure makes living possible.

From Land’s End to John O’Groats and all the way back around, this novice swimmer will tackle Britain’s unforgiving coastline, powered by a passion for mental health awareness, cake, and hopefully a few friendly seals along the way.

Support her. Join her. But, whatever you do, please don’t splash her*!

* She really doesn’t like that.

Meet Maria: Big, Mad Swim Kayaker

“I will be joining the inspirational Paula McGuire on her Big, Mad Swim Around Britain. I will be providing kayak support and crewing all the way along, and hoping in the process to set my own record of being the first woman to kayak around mainland Britain.

I will be doing this first and foremost because I believe in Paula and the message she is trying to spread.

Secondly, because I want to raise awareness of my own cause, CatZero. CatZero is a personal development charity that helps people improve their lives by challenging them to try new things, by supporting them to deal with issues in their lives that are holding them back from getting where they want to be, and by treating everyone with respect and celebrating their uniqueness.

Lastly, to prove to myself that I am more able than I let myself believe! I am not an expert kayaker, I am not fit enough, and I need to lose a few pounds, but I am capable of learning and I am going to train hard and practise the skills I need to keep Paula and myself safe. I am just an ordinary person but I am going to set my fears aside to be part of this extraordinary challenge.

To say this is going to be the hardest thing I have ever done would be an understatement but, through all the tough moments and dark days, I hope to smile, to laugh and to learn more about myself and my place in this life!”

Meet Maria: Big, Mad Swim Kayaker

” I will be joining the inspirational Paula McGuire on her Big, Mad Swim Around Britain. I will be providing kayak support and crewing all the way along, and hoping in the process to set my own record of being the first woman to kayak around mainland Britain.

I will be doing this first and foremost because I believe in Paula and the message she is trying to spread.

Secondly, because I want to raise awareness of my own cause, CatZero. CatZero is a personal development charity that helps people improve their lives by challenging them to try new things, by supporting them to deal with issues in their lives that are holding them back from getting where they want to be, and by treating everyone with respect and celebrating their uniqueness.

Lastly, to prove to myself that I am more able than I let myself believe! I am not an expert kayaker, I am not fit enough, and I need to lose a few pounds, but I am capable of learning and I am going to train hard and practise the skills I need to keep Paula and myself safe. I am just an ordinary person but I am going to set my fears aside to be part of this extraordinary challenge.

To say this is going to be the hardest thing I have ever done would be an understatement but, through all the tough moments and dark days, I hope to smile, to laugh and to learn more about myself and my place in this life! ”

The Big, Mad Swim Around Britian in the media

Special Edition of Standard Issue Magazine

BBC Out for the Weekend

BBC World Service

The Adventure Sports Podcast

BBC Scotland

BBC The Social

The Blether with Paul Graham and Friends

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