Want to get into open water swimming? This course is for you, we make it easy for you to get in the water and start swimming outdoors. From no-idea to no-fear in one day. A dry land and water based half day course based at the heart of the best wild swimming in the country. Its the perfect introduction for beginners.
Our lake is the ideal venue for an introduction to swimming in open water, providing safe and sheltered swimming in a beautiful location. It is here that we’ll introduce you to the watery world of wild swimming, covering aspects of safety and the basics of open water swimming that will give you a good foundation upon which to build your future swimming adventures.
Throughout the morning we will cover between 500m to 1500m of swimming with regular breaks on the pebble beaches, there’s also an option to take a guided swim to an island. The whole aim is for a fun and information packed session to build confidence and inspire.
Swim Ability: This course is suitable for complete beginners to open water who are making the transition out of the pool, as well as outdoor swimmers who want to refresh their skills. Whether you’ve just entered your first swim event, a triathlon or you simply want to enjoy wild swimming for pure enjoyment, then this course is for you. To ensure that you get the most out of this course and to add to your enjoyment of it, please make sure that you can swim continuously for at least 500m (20 x 25m lengths) in a pool.
Swim requirements are intended to give you an idea of what will suit your level of ability and fitness, they are not intended as a reason to exclude, please ring if unsure.
Introduction to Open Water Swimming
The course includes both dry land and in-water sessions. We begin our day at 9.30am at our base in Ambleside, with an open water skills presentation & briefing session over a mug of tea or coffee.
We’ll look at the effects of the weather on open water and you, how to swim safely, how to navigate effectively and swim in a straight line (not as easy as it may seem!). We’ll consider swim technique, open water top tips plus how to choose and use swimming wetsuits and equipment.
Moving to the lake the session, run by experienced coaches, is structured to enable you to practice the theory and your new skills at your own pace in a fun environment. Plus guided Island swim.
The session structure may vary according to the climate which will add to the character of each swim.
Our day will end at about 13:30 with some well earned tea & biscuits, a chance to recap what we’ve covered and to plan your future wild swimming adventures.
Watch our Introduction to Open Water Swimming trailer
What’s Included: A great time, friendly guides, land and water based instruction, free swim cap, safety cover, tea /coffee, biscuits & lots of smiles guaranteed.
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I wanted to let you know how much I enjoyed the course. The professionalism, enthusiasm and concern shown for participants enabled me to fully participate and test my limits. I had a great time! Eric
It was a fantastic course – I’ll defo be doing more courses and events with you guys, so hope to see you all soon! Cheers, Heather
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