Paul's life in competitive swimming started at the age of 7. At 17 he was introduced to the sport of Triathlon and switched to elite triathlon competition. He joined the UK's World Class Potential program at Bath University whilst studying for his Sports Science Degree. During this period he became British Universities Triathlon Champion and came 11th at the World Student Games.
At this time Paul discovered his real passion for teaching and coaching, finding that he loved sharing his knowledge with friends and training partners. After graduating Paul began full time swimming and triathlon coaching in Australia and in 2004 launched Swim Smooth.
The knowledge and techniques that Paul spreads through Swim Smooth were developed through one to one coaching of over 5000 swimmers and many hundreds more in his triathlon and swimming squads. Swim Smooth are consultants to British Triathlon.
Paul was swum the English Channel and continues to compete in open water swimming events, notably winning the Round Manhattan Swimming Race in 2013.