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Introduction to Open Water Swimming

From: £55.00

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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 on our dry-land and water-based Introduction to Open Water Swimming course based at the heart of the best wild swimming in the country. This was the first course of it’s kind and is now in its 11th year and just keeps getting better. Book now with the Lake Districts Open Water Swimming experts.

With small groups and friendly, experienced coaches this is the perfect introduction to open water swimming for beginners.

2021 Dates: 1(FULL), 8(FULL), 15, 22 and 29 May(FULL) | 2, 5 (FULL), 12(FULL) and 19 June (FULL) | 24 July(FULL) | 7 August(FULL).

Swim Ability & Fitness Level: Suitable for complete beginners to open water as well as swimmers who want a refresher or confidence builder.

Duration: Half Day (8.45am – 12.00pm)

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Swim Description

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. Dry land and water-based half-day Introduction to Open Water Swimming course based at the heart of the best wild swimming in the country. It’s the perfect introduction for beginners.

Windermere is the classic Lake and is ideal for an introduction to open water swimming, our venue provides safe and sheltered swimming in a beautiful location. It is here that we’ll introduce you to the wonderful 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 around 1,500m of swimming (depending on your aspirations), with regular breaks as well as the option to take a guided swim to the headland. The whole aim is a fun and information-packed session to build confidence and inspire.

The introduction to open water course is suitable for:

The Introduction to Open-water swimming 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, triathlon or you simply want to enjoy wild swimming for pure enjoyment, this course is for you.

Introduction to open water swimming

Introduction to Open Water Swimming Course Brief Itinerary:

The Introduction to Open water Swimming course includes both dry land and in-water sessions. We will email you course details upon booking which includes a private link to an informative film which will be the start of your course. The film covers the key safety aspects of open water swimming, as well as information about what to expect on the day, what to bring as well as details of our swimming venue.

On the day we’ll meet you at the car park by the lake at 08:45 to sign you in, fit you up with a wetsuit if you have hired one, and give you a safety briefing. We will then head to the water and get swimming!

Once in the water, we will cover all of the basics including how to deal with any swimming anxiety, swimming technique, how to approach competitive events as well as how to just enjoy the experience of swimming outdoors. Our session is run by very friendly and experienced local guides who are there to support you and build your confidence in a fun and safe environment.

Our day will end at about 12:00 with some well-earned hot chocolate and cake, a chance to recap what we’ve covered, and to plan your future wild swimming adventures.

Watch our Introduction to Open water Swimming video trailer

What’s Included: Friendly qualified guides, full safety cover, land, and water-based instruction, free swim cap, hot choccy, and cake, & lots of smiles guaranteed.

Swim wetsuit hire is available for just £6 & can be booked in advance here: wetsuit hire

Please see FAQ & Essential Info tabs on left for information on parking, wetsuit hire, what to bring and more.


Customer Testimonials:

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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Our swim terms and conditions are here.

Any Queries? We are happy to help.

Please  see our Swim Trips FAQ page or call 015394 33826


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What Next?: A guided wild swim?

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How fit do I need to be for this course?

We welcome all swimmers and variations in group ability will be catered for by our experienced guides according to the type of outdoor swimming you plan to do. 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 your chosen stroke continuously for at least 250m (10 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.
If you have any special requirement: Please contact us directly so that we can advise and help.

How far will we swim?

On average we swim about 1,500m over the morning, but you can do less if you like. This is not a race it’s a confidence-building course.

What Equipment will I need?
You’ll need a swimming wetsuit (hire available), we do not recommend ‘surf type’ wetsuits, plus your usual swimming gear inc: goggles, swim costume, big towel, rucksack/ bag. We’ll email a kit list to you before the course.

Can I hire a wetsuit?
Yes, wetsuits can be hired on the day for £6, we have sizes from XS to XL mens and UK6 – UK20 ladies. The £6 hire fee is refundable on a wetsuit purchase made on the day, so this makes an ideal time to try before you buy.
Please ring or email us if you would like to discuss wetsuit hire or sizes.

What will the weather be like?
It could be sunny and still, it could raining, but we do know you are going to have a great time. Please check the weather forecast before you travel and bring suitable outdoor clothing, footwear and bag for your gear and clothes.

How cold will the water be?
The lakes vary in temperature between 14-20 degrees depending on the time of year and local weather conditions. But don’t fear swimming wetsuits are designed to keep you warm as well as buoyant in the water.

Where can I park?
There is plenty of parking at Waterhead Ambleside where we will meet you on the day. Waterhead Car Park is located at the northern tip of Lake Windermere, Grid reference: NY 376 032. Postcode: LA22 0ES. Detailed parking information will be emailed to you once you book.

Can my friends/ family come along?
Yes, they are most welcome to come along or meet you at the Lake to watch.

Happy Swimming, Pete & Andrea

Booking for one: Friends think you’re mad huh?? Absolutely no problem, most guests book for one, we’ll look after you.

Confirmation emails: We will email your payment confirmation and joining instructions upon booking, please use an email address that you use regularly & check your ‘spam folder’.

Accommodation: If you need accommodation the Tourist Information in Ambleside have a useful booking service.

Parking: We will be in the shop for a presentation until approx 10.30am, for this you can park on the road (simply obtain a free parking disc from us or any shop or guest-house), at Ambleside primary school (LA22 9DH) behind us or any car-park in Ambleside, all are within easy walking distance.
We have plenty of parking at Windermere Lake 5 mins away. People often car-share too.

Wetsuits: Swims are in wetsuits for this trip, wetsuits can be hired on the day for £6, we have sizes from XS to XL mens and UK6 – UK20 ladies. The £6 hire is refundable on a wetsuit purchase on the day.

Group Size: min – max: 5 – 20

Equipment: A suggested kit list will be emailed before the course.

Trip Caution: Open water swimming by its very nature involves a natural outdoor environment. Although unlikely, but there is always a possibility that we may need to make changes to the trip / itinerary due to for example weather conditions, water conditions or other issues that may affect safe operation or organisation.

Please read our Swim Trip FAQ’s to ensure you are well prepared and get the most from your swimming adventure.

All participants must be 16 years or over, and those under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.
By booking you are agreeing to our booking terms and conditions here

Swim Trips FAQ’s
For more information such as kit suggestions, fitness levels please read our Swim Trips FAQ’S here.

Happy Swimming

Pete & Andrea

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