Ruth was inspired to set up Ibiza Swim during a yoga holiday to Ibiza in 2006. Following a dream of working in the water and living in the sun she moved to Ibiza in 2007 and Ibiza Swim was launched.
Over the years she has built a sterling reputation as an excellent swim instructor and trainer on the island. Her client base grew organically with mostly word of mouth recommendation. Her experience of teaching and training now is vast and varied. Ruth loves teaching and coaching, it is her vocation, and she takes great pleasure in seeing enjoyment and progress and in perfecting techniques. She teaches with kindness and patience and an intuitive sensitivities to the needs of whoever she is working with it, be it a little one in the water for the first time or an Ironman triathlete. She is a fully qualified and insured UK Amateur Swimming Association swim instructor with a back ground in UK RLSS Lifesaving her first aid credentials are always current.
A competitive swimmer since childhood, Ruth trained with the Ibiza Masters swim team for a few seasons, has held Balearic records for 50 breaststroke, 400 IM and still holds the 200 breaststroke record. In the 2011 Masters Campeonato de España she received gold for 200 breaststroke and bronze for 400 IM, only just missing medals in the 50 and 100 breaststroke. Overall she has ranked in the top ten in Spanish Masters in her age category. She has also competed in open water events of 2km, 3km, 4km and 7km in Ibiza and has been on the podium for most of them. A coach as well as an athlete, for two seasons (2009-2011) she coached the Ibiza Masters swim team and San Antonio’s children’s swim team Club Natacio Portus.
Ruth also has a strong fitness education and experience – she is a UK REPs Level 3 qualified Advanced Fitness Instructor with a CYQ Level 3 certificate in Nutrition and Weight Management she has worked with The Healthy Holiday Company, has been privileged to be part of In:Spa ‘s team of prestigious trainers, although her work as a fitness trainer has taken a back seat over the last years. More recently she has been drawn to teach the yoga and meditation that she practices. In 2019 she completed a 100 hour teacher training in Yin Yoga – a practice she has had for many years – and in 2020 she completed a 50 hour teaching training in Children’s Yoga and Creativity.
Since 2011 Ruth spent winters travelling and surfing and has spent time in Morocco, Portugal, Tenerife, Costa Rica, Sri Lanka, Bali and more recently Mexico returning to Ibiza for the summer. In 2020 Dahab, Egypt became her winter home and her focus switched from surfing to coaching, training and competing in freediving. Her first freedive competition was in October 2020, and in September 2021 Ruth was on the British Team at the AIDA Freediving World Championships. With only 4 competitions under her belt already she is ranking highly in the UK, and in the world, for her chosen discipline – constant weight no-fins. Her training this winter looks set to move her up the rankings when she is able to compete again after the summer season. You can follow her athlete and teaching/coaching profile on instagram @ruth__osborn.