Our first Introduction to Open Water Swimming course of the season started off with a splash this Saturday. Our guests for the day braved chilly conditions that have kept even hardened swimmers away from their open water training over the last few weeks.


Thankfully our Rydal venue is was a few degrees warmer than the larger lakes and we were rewarded with an exhilarating day of swimming in bright sunshine while the rest of the country suffered standard Bank Holiday weather… A nice change for us here in the Lake District!

Introduction to open water swimming


Like all successful days out, it started with some tea & cake at our Swim the Lakes base, where we covered preparation for open water swim events such as the Great North Swim, the Epic Events series. As wild swimming fans, we’d also like to think that our beginner’s courses will inspire people to make the most of the wild swim potential that the Lake District has to offer.

Although everyone on the course showed different levels of fitness and ability, they were all new to open water swimming and everyone left us with renewed motivation for their swimming (and not a little relief at finally getting into real open water!).

Beginners Wild Swimming Course

The biggest concerns our swimmers had were concerns about personal ability and how to fit in and manage within a group. Once we got to the water this didn’t seem to matter, as we structure the session so that all levels are catered for – the important bit was achieved; getting into the open water and leaving with a tingling body and a smile on our faces, ready to face great swim challenges, and a well earned hot brew at the Badger Bar!

Thanks to all who attended and all the best of luck with your swimming.


Feedback from a happy customer, thanks Tim 🙂 “Just a quick email to thank you all for a fantastic experience on Saturday at the intro to open water swimming. It has given me much confidence for the 1600m epic swim on the 27th May, not having to worry about anything and just enjoy the swim will be great. Life is so good when you keep discovering new ways to enjoy yourself. Once again thanks. Tim”

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