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ALL BEST Fest pool sessions will have coaches available to offer technique advice and structured training. Whether you want to improve your body position, breathing, kick or fitness, we’ve lined up some fantastic help!

Check out our schedule page for all session timings and don’t forget to sign up on arrival at BEST Fest 2023. All sessions also include un-coached ‘free swim’ lanes if you just want to do your own thing. Coached or un-coached, they’re all FREE TO BEST Fest entrants!

Meet our previous coaches below, 2023 info coming soon!


Alex Studzinski
Alex is a prolific, professional open water swimmer from Germany. With a CV that boasts podium places in races all over the World; from Waikiki to Lake Windermere; 1 mile to dozens of km’s; from the FINA Grand Prix series to the German National Champion title – he’s been there, done it and got the swim hat! He’s also been an Elite BEST Fester from the very beginning; always in the mix for the podium and an expert in measuring his effort to get the right result. Alex is the only person we know to have been ‘stung’ by a Sea Cucumber, but you’ll only hear about that by joining one of his sessions!

Beatrix Studzinski
Beatrix has an impressive pool swimming background at German National level, including multiple individual & relay team National titles and records. At her peak, she raced at the FINA World Cup and has also been successful at University and Masters level. A switch of focus to open water saw medals won at the Great Swim Series and Henley Swim (UK), Waikiki Rough Water Swim (Hawaii), BEST Fest (Mallorca!) and others. As one half of our dynamic German duo by being married to Alex, Beatrix (previously Beatrix Eisel) has a wonderful coaching manner that swimmers respond to and really benefit from.


Paul Newsome (Swim in Common – Head Coach & Director, Australia)
Paul previously founded Swim Smooth in 2004 after an extensive racing and coaching background in swimming and triathlon. His new venture ‘Swim in Common’ opened in 2022 and he leads coaching at his Australian base in Perth, WA, with a focus on technique, swim fitness and open water skills. Paul has been a stroke correction pioneer since 2000 and describes this as his passion and specialism – so he’s perfectly placed to help BEST Fest swimmers develop their training and racing abilities! Paul swam the English Channel in 2011 and won the prestigious 46km Manhattan Island Marathon Swim in 2013. Find out more about Paul and Swim in Common here:

Mel Berry (Her Spirit Co-founder)

Mel is passionate about self-improvement as well as that of the people she accompanies. She has worked with some of the best athletes, coaches and entrepreneurs in the world, which has given her the opportunity to help many people transform their lives. A certified Level 2 British Triathlon, Mel combines her work with her passion for the water.