South West Swim Open Water Sessions at a Glance

See what we have on offer and dates all on one page to make your selection and booking even easier.

Let us share our passion, experience and knowledge to make you the best open water swimmer you can be

 

 

 

 

 

 

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)

Be in great hands and book a 1-to-1 Session at Lake86

Or choose Lake32, still in great hands but at a different location

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)

BOOKING LINK

 

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

How Do I know If Open Water coaching is Right For Me?

With the most comprehensicve range of open water services around and a huge variety of time slots available (and we can try and arrange bespoke times if needed) we are sure to be able to assist your open water journey.

Here are some frequently asked questions we have from swimmers who are looking to join us and start or develop in open water.

 

Are you new to open water and never been in that environment before?

We can help.  Look at our ‘Safety Essentials’ and ‘Introduction to Open Water Swimming’ session types.  If you wanted a more private and bespoke session, or are very nervous about entering the open water then book into a 1-to-1 session with Jason.

Jason can guide you through your session and knows what it’s like to have those nerves and fears, believe it or not many years ago Jason was in the same position.  Jason is a fully qualified Aquaphobic coach so can back up his own historic experiences with the latest coaching methods for those with a fear or nervousness of the water.

Have you swum in open water before but want to progress your open water skills to do an event?

Yup, we can help there too.  Look at our ‘Introduction to open water swimming’ session type.  You may then ant to progress your swimming with one of our ‘Open Water Squad’ sessions or a 1-to-1 session.

We can even start developing your swimming before your open water session as we have our own pool for 1-to-1 based sessions and swim squads for group sessions.

 

Are you training for an event, or just want to swim in a group with focus and structure

We have this covered too.  Check out our ‘open water squad’ and ‘mini open water skills’ sessions.  Our squad sessions are sorted into speed/experience groups and will offer a weekly structured training session mixing both open water skills, swim technique and endurance.
Our mini skills sessions will focus on an open water skill and really get you focusing and learning in the form of a mini workshop.

Do you want to improve your open water skills in the lake

Look at that, we have that covered too!  This is one of our specialities and we can help you learn, refine and perfect all of your open water skills.  We will show you how to adapt them to different environments and bodies of water too.

We can work you through how different open water skills will affect your swim stroke dynamic and technique, advising on how to overcome or work with these areas too.

We will use the latest tech to compliment your session which could include our Swim Stroke Analysis AI or our coach to swimmer headset, dependant on how we coach your session.

Take a look at our 1-to-1 sessions with open water expert Jason Tait, you may also be interested in our ‘mini skills workshops’

So you want to improve your swim stroke, can you do that in a lake?

Oh yes, we can help there.  Head coach Jason Tait is Swim Smooth Certified after all /,and thats what he does day in day out.  Take a look at our 1-to-1 sessions where we can look at your stroke and develop your swimming to the next level.  No two swimmers swim exactly the same, and no two swimmers should be expected to so  will use our knowledge and skills to work in the best way possible for YOU! 

As with open water skills we can also walk you through adapting your stroke for the open water or when performing a certain open water skill, such as sighting or buoy turns.

 We will use the latest tech to compliment your session which could include our Swim Stroke Analysis AI or our coach to swimmer headset, dependant on how we coach your session.

 If you want a really in-depth review of your stroke then consider hitting our Endless pool for a Full Swim Smooth Certified Video Analysis, the gold standard in video sessions.

You. have a junior swimmer who needs lake sign off, or wants to train in open water

Yes, Yes and Yes, we love coaching junior swimmers and have worked with many over the years.  We start coaching Junior swimmers at 12 years old AND if they have at least a county time.

We offer both 1-to-1 sessions, Junior introduction to open water sessions and weekly junior squad sessions.  !-to-1 sessions and Intro session are / can be lake specific and come with lake sign off if the swimmer passes.  We work towards the Swim England Open Water Certificates of Level 1, 2 and 3.

See our “Junior Swimmers’ PAge for more information

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