Lane 4 has birthed many illustrious swimming careers, few grander than that of Brendan Maher, the Clubs Sportsperson of the Year in 2015. Having already swum the English Channel it is very difficult to hold back marathon swimming’s quiet achiever. Names like Green, Hanby & Hutt have also taken on marathon swimming’s ‘Everest’ but none from the revered nursery that is lane 4.

Lane 4 is a safe place where anyone can swim. First timers, old timers it doesn’t matter it’s where coach Ewen can teach you your first stroke or improve your last.  Ewen is a master of the art and is available Wednesday at lunchtime for swimmers of every level.

Starting as the 1927 Wrigley Ocean Marathon Swim, for almost 100 years The Catalina Channel (technically San Pedro Channel) has attracted pioneering marathon swimmers for almost a century.

Separating Santa Catalina Island from the Southern California mainland, the minimum distance across the channel is 19.6 statute miles (31.6 km), between Arrow Point on the island and Long Point, Rancho Palos Verdes.

Brendan set off at around 4.00 pm on Thursday evening (10.00 pm local time) so at the time of writing was likely still ticking like a metronome on his aquatic journey.

Contact the team at to enquire about or book the swim classes offered by coach Ewen.