It's Not About The Swim – World Open Water Swimming Association

Nuala Moore helped educate and welcome new swimmers, brought on by the COVID-19 restrictions, by providing helpful webinars on It’s not about the swim.


Nuala Moore saw a gap between the experience and the foundational knowledge needed for swimming in sub-10°C water. She helps swimmers to safely swim within their limits in cold water and developed 2-hour online webinars on cold water injuries, focusing on the complex cocktail of cold water temperatures and distance swimming.

Why it was nominated

For educating the influx of swimmers transitioning to the cold, for providing how-to’s, do’s and don’ts of safely venturing past the shorelines, for helping develop a passion and respect for the sea among less experienced swimmers.



Type of Offering

Webinar Series

The Creator(s)

Nuala Moore

  • Sharon Dunne

    Sharon Dunne


    Nuala works hard and tirelessly to increase safety in swimming in open waters

  • 01/04/2021

    Fantastic talks based on personal experience blended with the latest from scientific experts. An invaluable resource for those who are new to cold water!

  • 01/04/2021

    I have learned and continue to learn so much from Nuala’s teaching. She is an inspiration. ?

  • 01/04/2021

    Nuala is inspirational. He tireless efforts to educate and raise awareness about cold water swimming and safety around swimming in open water.

  • Emma



    Have learnt so much from Nuala , the importance of planning both before and after your swim and safety issues

  • 01/05/2021

    Nuala is a total inspiration to me, she made me realise everything is possible, I am now swimming open water and loving it.

  • Michael O'Neill

    Michael O'Neill


    A true inspiration to one and all in whichever country you live. Onwards & upwards @nualamooreswim

  • 01/05/2021

    Nyala is a great swimmer. She is a go getter. Very determined person. Nothing is impossible for Nuala

  • 01/05/2021

    Wonderful inspirational girl who is so generous with her time and very valued information especially valuable for beginner swimmers who are braving temperatures in the minuses……a true hero…

  • 01/05/2021

    Nuala Moore is an inspirational woman always helping others

  • 01/05/2021

    Nuala is an inspiration

  • 01/05/2021

    Inspirational swimmer and water leader. Super role model for women and girls.

  • Ann Phair

    Ann Phair


    I found Nuala didn’t complicate things in her talk – it wasn’t dragged out – real swimmer giving real tips – she was encouraging and inspirational- I came away more educated

  • Tonya



    Learned a lot from Nuala, she freely shared all the help and advice she could to us new cold water swimmers, valuable advice !

  • Swimmingly



    Loved all Nuala’s webinars, brilliant.

  • Jacqo



    Nuala is tireless, swims in Ventry everyday and gives so much energy and loving support to the community through swimming, safety and so many other ways!!! Thank you Nuala ?❤️??

  • Alison Murphy

    Alison Murphy


    Good solid advice for those of us new to cold water swimming and at an affordable price. I loved the personal stories in this webinar too and Nuala made the time fly. I’ve sent this on to so many people as a must do if they are thinking about taking the plunge. Thank you Nuala. You’re keeping so many people safe. Xxx

  • Louise Fitzgerald

    Louise Fitzgerald


    Has given so much to water sports . There’s no one who knows more about the open water .




    Nuala is an amazing person who give,s soo much back to those who need her help espescially in the MS community .




    Nuala is a great inspiration to all of us in achieving a level of fitness in our chosen activities.

  • Hazel Johnston

    Hazel Johnston


    Thank you Nuala, you’re an inspiration! Love reading your posts & listening to your webinars.

  • Louisa Griffin

    Louisa Griffin


    Read about Nuala’s wonderful achievements a few years ago but a new friend who introduced me to sea swimming for November 2019’s full moon dip told me about her webinars and I watched my first one last week. Without a doubt, unsurpassed for useful, technical detail. Informative, with safety at the fore, while also hugely encouraging and inspirational. She’s wonderful and fully deserving to be rewarded here for all she does.