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Simon Dominguez grew up in Australia where he studied Economics at the University of Sydney. He is an avid outdoorsman who – in addition to swimming – does outrigger canoeing, skiing, sail boarding, mountain biking, and surfing.
Simon began swimming lessons before he could walk (like most Aussies) and was swimming laps by age 5. During his schooling, his love of the water led him to become a keen surfer and sailor and, as a member of several surf lifesaving clubs in Australia, he became heavily involved in ocean swimming. Simon has traveled extensively, swimming all over the world. He has competed in the Maui Channel crossing, the Denerau to Beachcomber Island swim in Fiji, the Bondi to Watson Bay swim in Australia and has done a number of Alcatraz swims in his new home town of Marin County, USA. Last year, he completed the 21 mile (35 km) length of Lake Tahoe, a Lake that sits at about 6,500 feet above sea level.
Simon first coached swimming under ex-Australian Swim Team coach Forbes Carlile, coaching kids and adults, beginners and triathletes, to not only learn to swim but also to improve their stroke. He now lives in Marin County, coaches for North Bay Aquatics, swims with the Night Train Swimmers and is a member of the South End Rowing Club. In 2013 Simon was instrumental in sealing a relationship between two iconic cold water swim clubs, the Bondi Icebergs in Sydney Australia and the South End Rowing Club in San Francisco, USA. That same year he led a team of Marin-based swimmers to Australia for a Swim Tour that included the Australia Day Opera House swim and the epic Palm Beach to Whale Beach ocean swim. There is nothing Simon enjoys more than coaxing non-swimmers to try the sport, and seeing them ultimately complete an ocean swim. His enthusiasm is contagious, his drive is admirable, and his barbeque skills are legendary!