Charlotte Brynn

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Charlotte Brynn
Wound of Charlotte Brynn by a leopard shark that left one of its teeth in her torso during an attempt of the Catalina Channel
Charlotte Brynn is an open water swimmer from New Zealand who lives in the state of Vermont in the United States. She is the Executive Director of the Swimming Hole in Stowe, Vermont, U.S.A. and an open water swimmer who completed the inaugural In Search of Memphre 25-mile marathon swim in Lake Memphremagog. She is also one of the top swimmers in the Go The Distance program at U.S. Masters Swimming and an ice swimmer for completing a 1.19-mile swim in water under 4.8ºC (40.8ºF) in 30:38 on 26 April 2013. She also completed the first 2-way crossing of Lake Champlain, 16.8 miles between South Burlington, Vermont to Willsboro Point, New York on 4 August 2011 in 8 hours 30 minutes.

She participated in the 28.5-mile Manhattan Island Marathon Swim in June 2013 and the World 10-mile Swimming Championships held in Lake Memphremagog, Vermont on 6 July 2013. She won the women's division at the 2013 Lake Willoughby Swim in Vermont and competed in the inaugural Cold Water Challenge in Fairfield, Connecticut.


World Open Water Swimming Woman of the Year Nomination

Brynn was nominated for the 2013 World Open Water Swimming Woman of the Year.



Shark Encounter

During her attempt to cross the Catalina Channel, she experienced a shark encounter where a tooth of a leopard shark was found in her torso.

Professional Career

Brynn specializes in working with people who are looking to regain function, either from a past injury or from inactivity. She also likes to work with people to help them gain strength both physically and mentally by achieving goals - whether they be performance based, competitive or non-competitive.


Bachelor’s Degree of Physical Education, Otago University, New Zealand
AFAA Certified Personal Trainer
AFAA Certified Fitness Instructor
AFAA Certified Kickboxing Instructor
AEA Certified Aquatic Instructor
ASCA Level 2 Swim Coach
WSI Red Cross Swim Instructor
NZSCA Certified Swim Instructor
Certified Kranking Instructor
Certified Spinning Instructor

Ice Mile


Involved in fitness & aquatics for 20 years
One on One Personal Training
Group Exercise Instruction
Swim Coaching & Swim Instruction
Injury Rehabilitation
Physical Therapy Assistant with patient rehab, including strengthening, stretching & general conditioning

Go The Distance

Brynn is also one of the leading swimmers in the annual U.S. Masters Swimming Go The Distance competition. The annual GTD program is the most popular event offered by U.S. Masters Swimming. Thousands of members participate annually who have collectively logged a total of more than one billion yards for the year (over 577,000 miles). GTD is a self-directed program intended to encourage Masters swimmers to regularly exercise and track their progress. There is no time limit for the distance milestones, except that they must be achieved in each calendar year. Speed does not count - just the effort to attain whatever goal you set for yourself.

2013 World Open Water Water Swimming Woman of the Year Nomination

Brynn's nomination reads:

Charlotte Brynn has a deep passion for the open water and the individuals she coaches. She also loves to push her own envelope of physiological potential as she competed in the World 10-mile Championships and the Manhattan Island Marathon Swim, and attempted one of the most audacious channel swims in recent history. During her swim from Catalina to California, Brynn was hit by a shark in her swim late at night. The bump left a scar and a tooth on her hip. But she keep swimming and did not get out despite the blackness of the evening and the turbulence of the ocean. Brynn stroked on for another 11 hours before being fished out for hypothermia. For her dynamic spirit, for helping others realize their swimming dreams while she pursues her own, for her willingness to swim on despite a shark encounter, Charlotte Brynn is a worthy nominee for the 2013 World Open Water Swimming Woman of the Year.

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