Helping You Train, Be Safe and Get Into The Amazing World Of Open Water Swimming
We are pleased to offer you our Introduction to Open Water Swimming Workshops for 2022. We believe these sessions are unrivalled in content and delivery.
The South West Swim Introduction to Open Water Swimming Workshops are aimed at athletes who are looking to get into Open Water Swimming for the first time or those wishing to improve basic skills and confidence levels in Open Water.
This workshop session will provide you with the skills and confidence to tackle your first Open Water or Triathlon swim event, or just educate and improve the swim of the non competitive swimmer looking for that new and exciting challenges.
These workshops are multi ability for front crawl swimmers aged 16 and above (junior sessions available from May), however we do ask that you can swim at least 400m non stop front crawl in a pool environment. If you are unable to swim this distance please contact us as we can provide alternative sessions for you or your group.
Introduction session dates
The All the below workshop dates are one off sessions, cost of workshop is £40 per swimmer .
30th April 12:00 Midday – 14:00 (approx) – Lake32
21st May, 12:00 Midday – 14:00 (approx) – Lake32
28th May 12:00 Midday – 14:00 (approx) – Lake86
25th June 12:00 Midday – 14:00 (approx) – Lake86
More dates will be published if needed
Your introduction to open water and triathlon swimming workshop includes
Professional coaching with experienced and open water qualified coaches
The session is led by South West Swim head coach Jason tait, and assisted by our assistant Swim England open water Coach Colin Jones (dependant on number of swimmers in the session)
Total session time of 2 hours (approx)
Lake Entry Fee
South West Swim Silicone swim hat
Loan of Swim Secure Tow Float or Woggle
This is a great bit of safety and visibility kit. If you wished to purchase your own to keep then you can add this bit of kit to your session when booking
South West Swim Introduction To Open Water Swimming Guide
A week before your session we will send you your South West Swim guide to Open Water Swimming so you can read up about getting into this amazing sport.
Access to online content after your session
Your session will come with trial access to the swim smooth guru. We will provide further reading, videos and the swim smooth guide to open water so you can continue to learn and practice after the session.
Swim England Level 1 Open Water Award
This session works inline with the Swim England Open Water Swimming awards, we will be working towards level 1. A certificate and badge is available at extra cost should you pass all of the criteria in the session.
Discounts from our retail store and off of a further SWS Session
South West Swim aims to provide the complete swimming solution so we offer you a 5% discount off of products from our online retail store. This discount does not include wetsuits or Tri gear, but the good news is we can normally do a better than 5% discount on these products. If you need a wetsuit please get in contact with us as soon as possible (we order these in and they are not kept in stock).
Your session will also come with a 15% off voucher for a 1-to-1 session so we can develop your swimming even more, or work through any skills that you are struggling with.
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.
NOTE: Water temperature
Our early season sessions may need to be adapted or postponed if the water temperature is not suitable at the time. Sadly this is only something we can advise on around 5-7 days before the session date. Please bare this in mind when booking your session and any accommodation that may be required,
Actual water time will vary depending on the water temperature at the time of the session.
How to book Your Session
You schedule and book your intro session online, easy as that.
We offer this session from two lakes, both Waterland Outdoor Pursuits (lake32) and Cotswold Water Park Hire (Lake86). The session is the same at both venues.
To book simply click on the link below where you want your session to take place below and it will take you to our booking system, or you can book via the booking widget on this page (requires cookies).
You will need to create an account in our system using either method.
If you wished to add any kit into your booking please do so as you move through the booking process. We will then bring this along to your session. Please drop us an email if you do add kit to your session so we do not miss it.
If you have any questions then please do contact us to discuss on the button below.