South West Swim
Weekly Open Water Squads Based in the Lakes of the Cotswolds


Our weekly group / squad sessions are ideal for athletes wishing to participate in a regular training session in the open water.  Our group / squad sessions offer a structured and safe environment for athletes to build their confidence, fitness, open water skills and improve their general swimming skills.  We have three types / levels of weekly sessions which will help you get the very best out of your swimming. for your events this summer, or just as a structured session with likeminded individuals who wish to improve their swimming.  

Sessions are available as individual sessions or in packs of 4, as these are squad sessions we will be working on different skills in each session so regular attendance is recommended.  If you wanted a one off session a clinic or 1-2-1 session would be more suitable.


Entry requirements for each session type
Total Beginners Open Water Squad – 100m non stop swim in any stroke (Held at Lake12)
Thursday Evening Squad sessions – 400m non stop front crawl swim for those with a CSS time of 2:20mins and below (9:20min 400m pace or less) (Held at Lake32)
Sunday Blast Squad – 300m non stop front crawl swim for those with a CSS pace of 2:30mins per 100m (10min 400m pace) (Held at Lake32)

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.

Pricing Options
PAYG Single Session £13.00
PAYG Four Sessions £52.00 (this package is no longer available due to the late stage of the season)

You can book the session from below, or download our ‘South West Swim’ Booking app from the Google Play Store or Apple App Store.  Our App makes regular bookings and management of our bookings much easier.

Total Beginners Open Water Squad


Wednesday evenings at South Cerney Outdoor (Lake12) – 6pm (time tbc)
This is a weekly 30-45 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.  

To take part in this session you don’t need to be able to swim Front Crawl, Just be able to swim 100m of any stroke in a pool.**

**IMPORTANT UPDATE TO SWIMMING ABILITY – Due to the late stage of the season we now advise that ALL new swimmers joining this session should have a basic level of front crawl with the head in the water and be able to swim around 100m of this stroke.  We have to make this change as ll swimmers who have attended this session regularly are now at this level and it would be unfair to halt thier progression. However the focus of this session is to TEACH & IMPROVE the Front crawl stroke so it is going to be driving your front crawl skills forward.  

This session will take apace at South Cerney Outdoor where we have EXCLUSIVE SWIM ACCESS to the lake.

Price includes lake entry costs and complimentary use of a Tow float. Ratio 1 coach / upto 8-10 swimmers (10Max)

*To book you must be able to swim 100m FRONT CRAWL in a pool without stopping.   If you are unsure please contact us and we may be able to offer an alternative session.


SWS Open Water Squad Thursday Skills and Endurance

Our Open Water Thursday Squad will combine our intermediate and Advanced swim squads from 2018.  The session will be an open water skills and endurance based session lasting 60minutes.

Each week we will focus on a different skill in the water and combine this over longer distance “blocks” of swimming.  to participate in this class you MUST have a CSS time of around 2:20 or less (being able to swim a non stop 400m in 9min 20 or less).  Faster swimmers please bare in mind the mix of swimmer abililties in this session.

This is a new approach to our group sessions to make them more productive in terms of number of swimmers per session.  

Swimmers should be aware of the mix of abilities in this session which could range from 1:20per 100m to 2:20per 100m.


*To book you must be able to swim 400m in a pool without stopping, with a guide time of 9:20mins or less (CSS 2:20 and below).   If you are unsure please contact us and we may be able to offer an alternative session.


To participate and gain entry to the lake all swimmers will need to bring:

  • Wetsuit (triathlon/swimming suit) or Swimsuit / tri-suit
    We do 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.  
  • Goggles
  • Bright coloured swim hat (or two for warmth)
  • Swimming gloves and booties are optional (these are not recommended in hotter weather)
  • OPTIONAL: Finis Tempo Trainer – A great ole to use in pool and open water, if you have one bring it along.

Book online or via our App on the links above, or if you have any questions mail |


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