The Blackwater Triathlon Club was pleased to welcome Eilis Burns to Fermoy pool on the afternoon of Sunday the 13th of January for a swimming course. Eilis is a level 3 swim coach and one of the most successful marathon swim coaches in Ireland. She is an accomplished swimmer, being an Irish Masters Swim record holder and seasoned marathon swimmer, and has even been inducted into the Marathon Swimming Ireland Hall of Fame for her efforts as a coach. Nearly 30 members availed of the opportunity to train with Eilis, and every one of them was very impressed and felt that they had learned something from the course. The course, which catered for all levels of swimmer, started with a couple of hours of technique and video work in the pool. This was followed by a lunch break, during which there was a talk and video from Eilis with a Q & A session. The day finished off with another hour of pool work. It was a physically and mentally challenging afternoon for the participants, but all agreed it was well worth the effort. Well done to Declan O’Keeffe for organising the event. Hopefully we will be running several more similar events as the year goes on.