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 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 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, depending on your aspirations and with regular breaks, there’s also an option to take a guided swim to a 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 Course Brief Itinerary:
The Introduction to Open water Swimming course includes both dry land and in-water sessions. We begin our day at 8.45am at our base in Ambleside, with an open water skills presentation & briefing session over a mug of tea or coffee.
We’ll look at acclimatising, how to swim safely, to navigate effectively and swim in a straight line (not as easy as it may seem!) and the effects of the weather on open water and you, breathing in open water and coping with fear/ anxiety. We’ll consider swim technique, give open water top tips, look at entering and exits and how to choose and use swimming wetsuits and equipment.
At 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 and safe environment.
Our day will end at about 13:00 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 video trailer
What’s Included: Friendly qualified guides, full safety cover, land and water-based instruction, free swim cap, tea /coffee, biscuits & 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.
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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Blog: First into the Water: Intro to Open Water Swimming >
What Next?: A guided wild swim?