Below you can see our Open Water Workshops and Group offerings for 2022, along with links to book sessions directly in our online booking system.
This page will be updated with new services and dates as we release them, so keep checking back or contact us to find out how we can help your swimming.
At South West Swim our Premier Open Water sessions are delivered by fully qualified and experienced Swim England coaches and teachers. All our open water coaches also hold specialist Open Water qualifications from Swim England and / or the STA, and Open Water lifeguarding from RLSS. South West Swim Coaches have many years of real life experience coaching different levels of swimmers, and ages of swimmers alongside swimming the events you may be aspiring to. Head Coach Jason Tait also helped develop the STA Coaching qualification, working alongside the highest regarded experts in the Open Water field to educate aspiring coaches around the world.
Jason is also a Swim Smooth Certified Coach and an expert in Front Crawl stroke analysis, fault identification and correction.
South West Swim’s Coaching manner, experience, session structure and after session take away material provide our swimmers with the very best swim coaching experience available.
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All of our open water group sessions work towards the Swim England Open Water Level 1 certificate (and funky badge), which is optionally available to purchase after your session (should you pass of course).
Swimmer Level: Everybody
Open Water 1-to-1 Sessions
By Far our most popular session every year.
Sessions are taken By Jason Tait, A Swim Smooth Certified Coach, STA Open Water coach and qualified coaches tutor, Swim England Open Water Coach, Swim England Pool Coach and teacher and CTA Aquaphobia Specialist Coach.
This is a tailored and individual session where we can work on any aspect of your swimming, open water skills, confidence, pacing and even an private individual Introduction to open water session.
Jason will guide your swim either in the water with you, from a SUP board or from lakeside (or a mixture of all). We use various techniques to give you the best session possible, from our class leading swim smooth certified coaching, to amazing AI Stroke Analysis and coach to swimmer headsets (so we can guide you whilst you’re swimming). Technology used at coaches discretion for your needs, session type and where we coach you from.
Whatever your swimming needs Jason can help you in a one off session, or guide you through your journey through the whole season and beyond.
Available as single session purchases or packs or 3 or 6 sessions (which are also valid in our Endless Pool for all round development)
Also available are shared sessions, please contact us to enquire if they are suitable for your needs.
Swimmer Level: For the Completely New Open Water Swimmer
Open Water Safety Essentials Sessions
These sessions are a short introductory session to explain a few key principles of safety for open water swimming. The session will go through acclimatisation, what to do in an emergency situation in the water, self rescue/preservation and post swim expectations. This session will only have a short swim involved so is open to all levels of swimmer, as long as you can swim basic breaststroke. This session is lake specific, choose the sesion at the lake you swim at most frequently;
Dates (click to book)
Dates to follow in early 2021. Contact us for availability or to set up a Session before dates are released. We run these very short sessions from around March onwards. Available at both lake86 and Lake32
Introduction to WILD Swimming
This session is designed to introduce the new or inexperienced swimmer to the open water environment. This session is very laid back and breaststroke based and designed for those who want to swim open water for leisure, pleasure and physical and mental wellbeing. We will teach you how to be safe in the water and get the most out of your newfound sport (and love). The session fee includes all pre and post session materials, coach and lifeguard cover and your lake entry fee / booking. During the session we will work towards the Swim England Level 1 Open Water Swimming Certificate, which is available to purchase after your session if you successfully pass (you even got a nice badge).
This is not a race / event skills based session, for that see the “Introduction to open water & triathlon swimming” session.
Safety: Swimmers will be given a tow float to borrow for this session, or they may use their own. The session will be safety covered by a fully qualified RLSS Open Water lifeguard from either a SUP board, or by one of the coaches in the water taking this role. We also have safety cover provided by the lake teams as standard.
Lake32 – April 23rd, May 8th, May 21st, June 26th – Click here to choose and Book your session
Lake 86 – May 1st, May 28th, June 25th – Click here to choose and Book your session
PRIVATE SESSIONS: This was a popular choice for families and businesses in 2021 please enquire if you would like to arrange a private session. Email Jason@southwestswim.co.uk .
Introduction to Open Water & Triathlon Race & Event Skills Workshop
A session suitable for the new open water swimmer (must be able to swim 400m front crawl) or a swimmer who has had no open water skills coaching. In this session we will focus on getting you into the water safely and give you an understanding of the key ingredients of open water skills to complete and compete in a triathlon or open water swimming event.
The session fee includes all pre and post session materials, coach and lifeguard cover and your lake entry fee / booking. During the session we will work towards the Swim England Level 1 Open Water Swimming Certificate, which is available to purchase after your session if you successfully pass (you even got a nice badge).
Safety: Swimmers will be given a tow float to borrow for this session, or they may use their own. South West Swim will provide Direct safety cover by a fully qualified RLSS Open Water lifeguard from either a SUP board, or by one of the coaches in the water taking this role. We also have safety cover provided by the lake teams as standard.
Dates (we will add more sessions as needed through the season)
Lake 32 – April 30th, , May 21st – Click here to choose and book your session time
Lake 86 – May 7th, May 28th, June 25th – Click here to choose and book your session time
PRIVATE SESSIONS: We are available to deliver this session to your training group or club, please contact us to discuss how we can deliver a bespoke workshop for you. Email Jason@southwestswim.co.uk
Swimmer Level: For the Intermediate & Advanced Open Water Swimmer
Open Water Skills Workshops
Develop your open water specific skills with our Mini Workshops. These sessions dive into improving your open water skills. Our sighting and navigation workshop will focus on the art of sighting and give tips on how to stay straighter in the water.
Our Starts, Turns and Drafting Workshop will…..well, teach the swimmer how to perform a great turn around a buoy using different types of turn and practice starts and finishes, we will guide you through the principles of drafting and group swimming in this session by default (COVID restrictions permitting).
Dates (Coming Soon):
Sighting and Navigation – Lake 86 Dates coming soon
Relaxed Breathing and Breathing Technique – Lake 86 Dates Coming soon
Starts, Turns & Drafting – Lake 86 Dates Coming Soon
Swimmer Level: Junior Swimmers (aged 12 at end of year to 16)
Lake 86 1-to-1 Sign Off Sessions
This session is designed to take the swimmer through the basics of Open Water Swimming safety, self rescue, signalling help and an assessment swim of 400m. We work towards the Swim England Level 1 Open Water Certificate, which is awarded if all of the criteria in the session is passed.
Successful completion of this session allows the swimmer to swim without an adult at Lake86 (with a tow float) and we work with Lake86 to their current requirements. Please note that just attending the course does NOT guarantee a pass, the swimmer will need to demonstrate a mature attitude to swimming alongside all of the swim skills and completion of the test swim.
As part of this session we give the swimmer their own Swim Secure Tow Woggle to keep, and a Swim England Certificate and Badge to show completion of our session.
Please book a 1-to-1 to take this session, booking this in the SWIMMERS name (not the parent)
Swimmer Level: Bespoke services for Swimming Clubs, Triathlon Clubs, Event Organisers, Lake Operators and Media Outlets
Bespoke Club & Corporate Coaching and Open Water / Media Consultancy Services
South West Swim can also offer bespoke coaching services for juniors and adults from swimming clubs and triathlon clubs. We can also cater for businesses (maybe you have a team event or challenge coming up). In a bespoke session we will work with you to provide a session that meets your needs as a club or organisation.
We also work with lake operators, event organisers and media outlets on a consultancy basis. Head coach Jason has worked with and provided content for magazines, governing bodies, TV and Radio, most recently working with the BBC Top Gear Team.
Please contact Jason Tait for more information at Jason@Southwestswim.co.uk