Helping You Train, Be Safe and Get Into The Amazing World Of Open Water Swimming
South West Swim are the most established and experienced providers of open water coaching in the Cotswolds
South West Swim are a leading provider of open water coaching in the Cotswolds, with swimmers travelling from around the South West of England for our sessions. We offer a comprehensive range of sessions to cover all your swim needs, for most this cumulates in the challenge of Open Water Swimming.
Whether you are a total beginner looking to start your open water journey, or an experienced swimmer looking for that edge over your competition we can provide you with the guidance and expertise to meet your requirements.
We can offer 1-to-1 sessions for individual stroke or open water skills development. Our group based “squad” sessions will get you training with others of a similar ability and developing your swimming and swim fitness in our great community. We also offer workshops and clinics, such as our ever popular Introduction to Open water swimming clinic, or our mini open water swim skills clinics. Sessions for adults and juniors are available throughout our service list.
South West Swim has extensive experience in training swimmers of all levels for both leisure and competition, adults and juniors. From first timers through to world Champions and international qualifiers. Adventurers and Channel swimmers, we can’t wait for you to join us so we can develop your swimming potential and find out about your goals, ambitions and help you drive towards them.
Your session will be delivered by friendly fully qualified open water coaches with a love and a passion for all things open water and triathlon, our aim is to share our knowledge and passion with you..
Why you can trust South West Swim open water coaching
Professional coaching providing the complete swim solution, at a time convenient to you
We are a professional full time coaching company which means swimming is our job. Therefore we can offer a huge selection of session times across our services and train you both in the pool and in the lakes of The Cotswolds. Don’t see a session time that suits your diary? let us know and I am sure we can find you a bespoke time slot.
Working with the best venues in The Cotswolds
We are resident coaches at both Waterland Outdoor Pursuits (Lake32) and Cotswold Water Park Hire (Lake86). These are to wow the very finest bodies of water in The Cotswolds, backed up by fantastic swimming communities, safety and facilities at each lake. You can choose where you take your session when you book and if you are unsure where to be coached, just let us know and we can guide you.
World class Swim Smooth Certified Coaching
All our sessions are coached using swim smooth methodologies, with head coach Jason being the only certified Swim Smooth coach in the South West. This world leading method is endorsed by the BTF and ITU and treats a swimmers stroke as individual to them. to find out more about swim smooth and certified coaches head to swimsmooth.com
Full session review and online content to help develop you after your session
All our 1-to-1 based sessions come with a follow up notes email and access to professionally produced online content to further help you develop your swimming. This access will give you videos of drills, training programs and articles of interest to your own swimming as prescribed by your coach. It is the very best follow up content to ensure your first session does not end when we get out of the water, but you can develop in your sessions afterwards before coming back for more of our amazing coaching.
Years of experience as both swimmers and coaches
South West swim has coached well in excess of 1500 individual swimmers gaining a 5 star reputation for friendly, quality coaching and the go to swim coaching provider in the area.
All our coaches hold vast amounts of experience as swimmers and athletes, as well as coaching. We have done the swims, done the events and entered the environments that you will be swimming in. We know what it takes to get you to meet your goals and develop your passion.
Safety in the water and our own RLSS lifeguards in some sessions.
South West Swim takes safety very seriously.
Our sessions are held in lakes that have their own safety and support facilities for emergency water extraction. We use safety equipment whilst coaching your session such as Tow floats, Restube life saving devices and safety whilstles.
Our coaches are also first aid trained and hold NRASTC pool qualifications, as well as having open water safety cover and rescue experience. Some of our group sessions will also have our own dedicated South West Swim RLSS Lifeguards on SUP or kayaks. By the end of April head coach Jason, alongside some support coaches and swimmers, will hold the RLSS Open water lifeguarding qualification and FSRT rescue qualification.
Using the latest technology
We love to be able to go above and beyond in our sessions, giving you the best value and the best in future development. We are excited that we can now roll out our world first AI stroke analysis technology to look at your stroke dynamics where needed. We also have the very latest in coach to swimmer headsets so we can talk to you whilst you swim. We use the amazing McConks sup boards where needed for our coaching and lifeguarding. Holding both STA and Swim England qualifications means we can coach you from lakeside, SUP board or in the water. The technology we use will depend on the session type you have booked and how we coach your session.
Fully qualified and experienced in the open water environment
Head Coach Jason Tait is one of the only fully qualified open water coaches to both the STA and Swim England standard, he is also a qualified STA open water coaching tutor and coaching educator. To support his coaching jason is also a qualified level 2 Swim England Coach, Level 2 Swim England swim teacher, level 2 Aquaphobic coach and also holds various open water qualifications such as RYA Powerboat, SUP and will soon be a qualified FSRT (Foundation Safety Rescue Training from SUP & Kayak) and RLSS Open Water lifeguard (both coming April).
Full commercial insurance
South West Swim holds commercial level insurance for all activities we undertake. Commercial level insurance is required for coaches offering paid for (professional) services as standard policies from Swim England & STA do not commercial (paid for) sessions. Whomever you choose to provide you with your coaching please be sure your coach is insured appropriately.
How to book Your Session
Once you have decided what session type you would like to join us in booking is pretty simple.
All of our sessions are scheduled and booked online through our booking system, or our funky South West Swim mobile App.
Scheduling a 1-to-1 means that you can search for the best time and venue to suit your needs without emailing us back and forth to agree a time. Simply head to the booking system on the links below (or download the app), create an account, search for your ideal 1-to-1 session time, select it, pay and then sit back and wait excitedly for your session to come around. If you can’t see a date and time that suits you then please do contact us. We are a full time coaching company and may be able to offer a bespoke time for you.
Group sessions are also booked online, just choose the date and time of the session you wish to join and book in.
Of course we are always open to talk and discuss your needs further so please do get in touch via email if you need additional advice, guidance or want to ask about specific times.
Where We Coach
Lake 32 – Waterland
Footage Courtesy of Daniel James Pix / Waterland Outdoor Pursuits