Testimonials

Bill Miles – Ironman Competitor

With Karen’s help I have just completed my first Iron distance Triathlon at the 2017 Kellogs Nutrigrain Taupo Ironman. Two years ago the idea of swimming 3.8km’s wasn’t just daunting, it was an absolute no-go. Now I look forward to the swim leg more than any of the other disciplines, and that’s all down to Karen. Her advice on technique and how to approach to event was instrumental in me completing the Ironman. Thanks Karen. 

The O’Brien Family

My kids started swimming lessons as toddlers with Karen and now love and compete in Ocean swimming. They still look forward to swimming training with Karen as teenagers today. We are very fortunate to have such a talented and enthusiastic coach. Thank you Karen

Tim Robinson – aged 40 Cook Strait Marathon Swimmer

Taking on the Cook Strait was a like having a huge mountain looming over me. Karen provided me with the steps to overcome that mountain. On the day of the swim I was physically, technically and mentally well prepared, this was all due to Karen’s expert guidance and coaching, I couldn’t have done it without her.

Rolien Goldsack, Mother of special needs swimmer

My son started swimming with Karen 15 years ago, and she is one of the best swimming coaches I know. She is exceptionally great in working with special needs children/adults, they all just love her. And she has a great understanding of their needs and abilities and knows just how to push them to go a little bit further when they can. I would recommend her highly.

Di Liebert

In my sixtieth year I gave myself a challenge to learn how to swim. I booked lessons with professional swim coach Karen Markin (“Swim Markin”). Karen has an amazing skill at teaching all ages and abilities, in the pool or in the ocean. Your professionalism, passion, patience, continual encouragement, your ability to impart technique is second to none and has made the learning to swim an outstanding life time experience for myself and many others. Thank you, Karen for the opportunity to achieve something beyond my wildest dream.