Below you can see all that we are offering at the moment at South West Swim, 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.
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 Swimming 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.
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 sesionat the lake you swim at most frequently;
Dates (click to book)
Lake32 April 3rd (Complete)
Lake 86 April 3rd (Complete)
Lake 32 May 2nd (Spaces)
Lake86 May 2nd (1 Place left)
More dates to follow as needed
Introduction to WILD Swimming
This session is designed to introduce the new or inexperinced swimmer to the open water environment. This session is 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 new found sport (and love).
This is not a race / event skills based session, for that see the “Introduction to open water & triathlon swimming” session.
Dates (click to Book)
Lake32 – April 25th (Full), May 9th (Full), May 15th (Full), May 16th (Full), June 5th (Full), June 26th (spaces avaialble)
Introduction to Open Water & Triathlon Swimming
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 and understanding of the key ingredients of open water skills to complete and compete in a triathlon or open water swimming event.
Dates (we will add more sessions as needed through the season)
Lake 32 – April 24th (Full), May 30th (3 spaces available), June 26th (available spaces) – Click here to choose and book your session time
Lake 86 – May 8th (3 spaces available), May 29th (available spaces), June 19th (available spaces) – Click here to choose and book your session time
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 Dradting Workshop will…..well, teach the swimmer how to perform a great turn around a buoy using differnt 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 (More dates will be added soon, as needed):
Sighting and Navigation – Lake 86 May 1st (Full), Jult 3rd (New Session : Spaces available)
Relaxed Breathing and Breathing Technique – Lake 86 May 1st (Full), May 9th (New session: Spaces available), July 3rd (New session: Spaces available)
Starts, Turns & Drafting – Lake 86 May 15th (spaces available), July 3rd (Spaces Available)
JULY 3rd Open Water Coaching Day – Take all 3 of our Open Water Skills Workshops through the day, have a day’s worth of top notch coaching tuition with South West Swim :). Book each date separately on the links above.
June 20th Open Water Coaching Day – Book a day of Coaching tuition at Lake32, taking in all 3 of our Skills Essentials sessions. Booking link to follow (get on the waiting list by mailing Jason@southwestswim.co.uk, we will ave limited spaces). This coaching day will tie into the coaching offerings for the SWS Supported 5km and 10km Swims at Lake32
Adult Open Water Squads
Our regular open water group sessions are BACK for 2021! We have two sessions avaialble
Wednesday (currently fortnightly) – For swimmers how swim slower than 2:00/100m
Thursday (weekly) – For swimmers swimming faster than 2:00/100m
These session will work through a mixture of swim technique, open water skills and fitness / pace / sprint building.
Spaces are very limited at the moment, swimmers must book onto all sessions they wish to attend individually, booking the first session only books you into that session.
Adult Starter Group (slower than 2:00/100m)
Adult Speedster Group (faster than 1:59/100m)
We may add in another session to break down speed even more. This depends on the interest and the speed of the swimmers.
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)
Junior Introduction to Open Water Swimming at Lake86
A similar session to our individual junior lake sign off 1-to-1’s but in a group setting. We will work to the Swim England Level 1 Certificate in Open Water Swimming, and on successful completion the swimmer will be signed off to swim at Lake 86 without an adult in the water with them (with a tow float).
As part of this session the swimmer will be given a swim secure tow woggle to keep.
Swimmer MUST be able to swim 400m non stop front crawl and MUST be aged 12 by the end of the year.
May 22nd, June 12th (click here to book your date)
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.
Please contact Jason Tait for more information at Jason@Southwestswim.co.uk