South West Swim
Weekly Open Water Squads Based in the Lakes of the Cotswolds
We cater for most levels of swimmer who wish to get into Open water swimming and train with likeminded swimmers in a group environment. We have sessions for Beginners, Novice, Distance and Junior / Youth. Please see the information below including entry requirements for each squad.
Entry requirements, all swims are from crawl based:
Beginner Open Water Squad – 100m non stop front crawl swim
Intermediate Open Water Squad – 400m non stop front crawl swim in a time of 12mins or less
Distance Open Water Squad – 800m non stop front crawl swim in a time of 20mins or less
South West Swim reserve the right to move swimmers to different sessions and levels. If you are unable to make the new suggested session a refund or credit will be given. This is to ensure all swimmers get the very best out of the session being delivered.
Book sessions via the booking page below, you will need to book onto each session that you wish to attend.
PAYG Single Session £12.50
PAYG Four Sessions £48.00
PAYG Twelve Sessions £140.00
Book below or via the Mindbody Mobile App
Beginners / Novice Open Water Squad
Every fortnight, Wednesday evenings at South Cerney Outdoor (Lake12) – 6pm
This is a fortnightly 45-60 minute squad session that will allow the new open water swimmer to get familiar with the open water environment and learn open water skills, as well as building fitness to swim shorter distance events. This sessions aim is to give swimmers confidence in open water, learn open water skills and build fitness to enable the swimmer to take part in short swim events or to progress to our novice open water squad.
This session is Ideal for those new to the sport or who lack confidence in the open water environment. It is a perfect follow on from our Introduction to Open Water Clinic, which is highly recommended if you have never been in open water before. This session will use the shorter 200m course.
Starts on Wednesday 3rd May then every 2nd Wednesday through the summer (unless notified) from South Cerney Outdoor (Lake 12) at 6pm.
Price includes lake entry costs and complimentary use of a Tow float. Ratio 1 coach / upto 8 swimmers (10Max)
*To book you must be able to swim 100m in a pool without stopping. If you are unsure please contact us and we may be able to offer an alternative session.
Mondays at South Cerney Outdoor (Lake12)
This is a weekly 60 minute squad session that will allow the swimmer to practice and learn open water skills, as well as building fitness to swim shorter distance events, up to 2-3 miles. This sessions aim is to improve the swimmers confidence in open water, Learn open water skills and build fitness to enable the swimmer to take part in events of 2 miles plus. If you can already swim 2 miles our aim is to get you swimming those miles more efficiently and faster than before.
This session is Ideal for those looking to build fitness or confidence and have had experience in open water before, or super sprint / sprint triathletes looking for progression in their swim. This session will use short courses of either 200m or 400m.
Starts on Monday 24th April from South Cerney Outdoor (Lake 12) at 6pm.
Price includes lake entry costs and complimentary use of a Tow float. Ratio 1 coach / upto 10 swimmers (10Max)
*To book you must be able to swim 400m in a pool without stopping, with a guide time of 12 mins or less. If you are unsure please contact us and we may be able to offer an alternative session.
Experienced / Long Distance Squads
Tuesdays at Waterland Outdoor Pursuits (Lake32)
A weekly 60-75 minute session that will allow the swimmer to practice and hone their Open water skills as well as building fitness, speed and endurance to swim longer distance events, 3.8km (or even 1.9km Half Iron) upwards.
As a session distance guide, last year we usually swam between 1500 – 2300km in this session, depending on the sets we were working on that week. This session is ideal for those wishing to practice open water skills, build fitness and speed with other likeminded swimmers. We use the lake as OUR pool so expect something familiar, yet different. We will cover advanced skills in this session as well as the basics. In the past three years it has been an amazing session to coach. It is a fun and productive session for all with a lively bunch of swimmers striving to be the best they can be.
Starts on Tuesday 25th April and will run from Waterland Outdoor Pursuits (Lake 32) at 5:45 pm. Please note that this start time is a trial time and may revert back to a 6pm start (60min session) depending on how the trial works.
*To book into this squad you must be able to swim a comfortable 800m in a pool environment without stopping in a guide time of around 20 mins. If you are unsure please contact us and we may be able to offer an alternative session or build you up with 1-2-1’s.
Price includes lake entry costs and complimentary use of a Tow float. If you have a tempo trainer this could be useful for some sessions where we work on constant pace, so bring it along (they are a great tool, available from our store should you wish to take a look).
To participate and gain entry to the lake all swimmers will need to bring:
- Wetsuit (triathlon/swimming suit) or Swimsuit / tri-suit (we now allow non wetsuit option when the water temperature is over 20 degrees or by permission of South West Swim once we know your aims, objectives and experience. Please contact us if you wish to swim non wetsuit so we can advise and sign this off for you.
- Bright coloured swim hat (or two for warmth) (a South West Swim hat will be given to you at the start of the session, stock dependant)
- Swimming gloves and booties are optional (these are not recommended in hotter weather)
- Finis Tempo Trainer – Optional for novice and distance sessions
Book online or via our App on the links above, or if you have any questions mail Jason@southwestswim.co.uk | www.southwestswim.co.uk
Ideas or comments on the above service, we would love to here them so please contact us.