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Introduction to Open Water Swimming

///Introduction to Open Water Swimming

Introduction to Open Water Swimming

From: £55.00

Rated 5.00 out of 5 based on 22 customer ratings
(39 customer reviews)

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 Introduction to Open Water Swimming course based at the heart of the best wild swimming in the country. This popular course is now in its 8th year and just keeps getting better.

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

2018 Dates:|  Sat 7 (Full), Sat 28 (Full)| August 11 (Full)| Sept 8 (Full)|

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

Duration: Half Day (9.25am – 1.30pm)

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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. 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. Its 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 with regular breaks, there’s also an option to take a guided swim to a headland. The whole aim is for a fun and information packed session to build confidence and inspire.

The introduction 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, a 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 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, entering and exits and 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.

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 video trailer

What’s Included: A great time, friendly qualified guides, land and water based instruction, free swim cap, safety cover, tea /coffee,  biscuits & lots of smiles guaranteed.

Also see our FAQ & Essential Info tabs on left for more information.

 

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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Any Queries? We are happy to help.

Please  see our Swim Trips FAQ page or call 015394 33826

 

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39 reviews for Introduction to Open Water Swimming

  1. Heather

    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

  2. Mike Farrimond

    thank you for a super day last Saturday. I thoroughly enjoyed the course and learned a great deal in preparation for my participation in the Great North Swim. Best wishes, Mike Farrimond

  3. Rated 5 out of 5

    Nick Barnes

    Fantastic tuition in amazing surroundings. Can’t recommend enough!

  4. Rated 5 out of 5

    Hilary

    Just wanted to drop you a line to thank you all so much for Saturday morning’s swim. I felt so safe and was so pleased that I was able to challenge myself by swimming to the island (something I never thought I would do).

    There was a lovely atmosphere and everyone was so supportive, instructors and participants.
    I can’t wait to get out into the open water now knowing how I can make it safe and enjoyable. Thanks everyone. I’ll definitely be making a return visit. Best wishes, Hilary

  5. Rated 5 out of 5

    Louise Dunn

    Great morning in Rydal Water exceeded my expectations. Brilliant! Louise Dunn

  6. Rated 5 out of 5

    Lyn & Pete

    Hi Andrea & Pete, We would both like to thank you for providing a very excellent swimming course last Saturday we both thoroughly enjoyed it and we will continue to move on to more swimming. We found a lot of the advice that you gave us was really helpful and has given us a number of things to work on which will, hopefully, improve our swimming skills. It would be nice if you would thank Lea-Anne and Tors for us as well as we found them most understanding and helpful. Thanks to all the team, Lyn & Pete

  7. Nigel

    Many thanks for the course today we all enjoyed it and found it very informative. I am pleased we took this introductory course with people with lots of experience from the basics of how to put a wetsuit on to being able to explain the effects of the cold water on the body, all perfectly normal. The sighting techniques were very useful… Kind Regards, Nigel

  8. Rated 5 out of 5

    Fiona

    Just a quick note to say a big thank you for our day with you both (and rest of team). I am so pleased we booked with you before the event – otherwise it would have been a total disaster and thanks for being so kind to both of us –
    Take care for now and thanks again – you’re all fab, Fiona xx

  9. Rated 5 out of 5

    Nick Gordon

    Pete and team,
    Thanks for a really great experience. The whole approach and vibe was pitched perfectly.
    The whole team was calm/experienced and very encouraging. It was a very positive experience and one I am recommending to other would be wild swim beginners.

  10. Erick

    I wanted to let you know how much 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!” Kind regards, Erik.

  11. Rated 5 out of 5

    Laura Henry

    Had a fantastic day on the introduction to open water swimming thoroughly enjoyed it. And feel confident for the great north swim now, I had no questions to ask as they explained everything very well I would highly recommend the head to the hills (now Swim the Lakes)
    Thanks guys 🙂

  12. Rated 5 out of 5

    Carey

    Great experience in a fantastic setting and lots of fun. The guys at Head to the Hills (now Swim the Lakes) were really pleasant and professional. Would definitely recommend. Thanks. Carey

  13. Rated 5 out of 5

    Amanda Alexander

    Brilliant! Pete’s love of wild swimming is infectious… I reckon he could convert even the most reluctant of newbies. His knowledge of the Lake District and his ability to teach are top notch. Pete’s style is relaxed, friendly and supportive. You always feel in safe hands. I absolutely trust this bloke and I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend Head to the Hills(now Swim the Lakes) to anyone who dares to plunge!

  14. Lisa Kemp

    Introduction to OW swimming course was fantastic. Great tuition from Pete and Tors… beautiful environment…all round amazing experience. Will definitely be back for more. Highly recommend this to anyone wanting to dip their toe in open water ! 10/10 ! Lisa Kemp.

  15. Rated 5 out of 5

    Sue Irvine

    Really excellent introduction to open water swimming.

  16. Howard King

    Hello all,

    When i told people this week how I was spending Saturday the response was looks which suggested they should ring for a nurse or i should book an appointment for a brain scan BUT I would not have wanted to be anywhere else. What a brilliant morning organised with professionalism and with our safety at a premium, not once did I feel worried even when wildly off course.

    My next step is to select another event and build up to triathlon sprint open water distance.

    Thanks again for a wonderful morning
    Howard King

  17. Fie

    Hi guys just wanted to say thanks for sat. Jo and i loved the course we had such a great day, so much so we even went swimming in Windermere yesterday morning from our campsite !

    Am working on her to do an adventure swim day so hopefully will see you soon, thanks again

    Fie and Jo

  18. Roland Guy

    I just wanted to say a massive THANK YOU for today. I really, really enjoyed the experience. It’s an experience I’ll never forget. I’d waste no time in recommending you guys to everyone I know. Thanks again.

  19. Rated 5 out of 5

    David Jackson

    Excellent intro to open water swimming, with excellent, reassuring guidance, fully recommended!

  20. Trish Gavins

    Pete and Tors, Thanks for a great morning last Saturday, it was fantastic. The course gave my the confidence to embrace open water swimming- thank you so much.
    Trish and Quentin

  21. Christine

    Pete
    A huge thank you for today and to Tors. I absolutely loved every minute and I especially liked the gentle yet persuasive manner the course has inspired me with confidence.
    Thank you again
    Christine

  22. Julie

    Hi Pete, I absolutely loved my first experience of open water swimming yesterday – so many laughs, and your explanations, guidance and coaching tips were really encouraging. Thanks so much.

  23. Rated 5 out of 5

    Lisa

    I have just been on my first open water course for beginners with ‘swim the lakes’. I arrived having done 2 open water swims, that had not gone well, I just couldn’t get into rhythm and had no confidence. Now, after the course I feel totally confident at swimming open water, and learnt so much. Amazing staff, so happy, bubbly and inspiring. These guys are very experienced and made me feel totally at ease. I did this to prepare for the great North swim but think I have just found a new sport and look forward to swimming with Pete and the team again. Thank you so much. Lisa

  24. Rated 5 out of 5

    Anna Turner

    Thanks for making the back of the pack an acceptable place to be 🙂 And thanks for a confidence inspiring session and putting many of my fears into perspective. Anna

  25. Rated 5 out of 5

    Clare Lord

    We had a brilliant time, thanks Pete & Sarah and the Team. Great coffee and hot chocolate and very welcome post swim chocolate biccies.

  26. Rated 5 out of 5

    Sean Axon

    To Sarah, Pete and the team …thanks for a fantastic course today in Windermere. Looking forward to more open water swimming adventures!

  27. Liz Webb

    Pete. Thanks to you & your team for an enjoyable & informative introduction to outdoor swimming. Very good tips on kit. I was very grateful to Terry for her advice on goggles, socks & a hat. Good tips on stroke technique, sighting & deep water race starts. I found the sighting difficult but will persevere. The longer swim was a challenge but I was pleased I succeeded.The hot chocolate at the end was very welcome.
    My only request is that next time you turn up the water temperature!!
    Wishing you all a good season.
    Kind regards.
    Liz_ 21 April 2018

  28. Sarah Lester

    Hello
    Just wanted to thank you for a great intro to wild swimming course yesterday. All of the guides were brilliant – so friendly, helpful and full of enthusiasm!
    I really enjoyed it and will definitely return
    Thanks again
    Sarah_ 29 April 2018

  29. Keira Schubert

    Hi,
    I just wanted to say thank you for last week’s session, I loved it, I had an urge to jump into every lake we saw therafter. Lots to work on in the pool today too! 🙂
    Kiera_1 May 2018

  30. Rated 5 out of 5

    Reina

    I just wanted to say a massive thank you to you for Saturday.

    I am still smiling at my achievement 😊

    I would love to join a swimming group now and build on what I did. Thank you, Reina

  31. Tricia Norman

    Hi, I just wanted to thank you again for the great course on Saturday.

    I was really impressed by all of your team; you had such an inclusive, positive approach and were able to accommodate a wide range of interests and abilities and the passion of all the team was evident throughout. I hope to meet you and the team again on another course or when hiring a wetsuit from you and have been recommending the course to all my other work colleagues who did not come with us.
    Many thanks for a wonderful course,
    Tricia

  32. Karolina P

    Brilliant morning, swimming in Lake Windermere on Saturday! Thank you so much. I will not lie, a 50 year old who had so far only tried indoor pools I was nervous! Scared of being in the dark depth, of drowning, of not being fit enough. But you guys are so lovely, you made us laugh, made us feel safe and comfortable doing what was right for each one of us. I am eyeing now the Easedale swim, so I shall be working on my lengths in the pool! See you again soon.
    Karolina

  33. Rated 5 out of 5

    Swim the Lakes

    I had the best day with all of you yesterday. Learned so much and met some really lovely people. Hope to see you soon on another swimming adventure. Thank you. Sharon Irving.

  34. Rated 5 out of 5

    Swim the Lakes

    great day thank you. Learnt lots and really fun. Met some lovely people and can’t wait to get out doing some more swimming. Rachael Price

  35. Rated 5 out of 5

    Swim the Lakes

    I am so pleased I did this course, it was absolutely fantastic, the coaches were fabulous and I met some lovely people. Swim-runs here I come!!! Claire Frogley

  36. Ann Harris

    Hi Team, Just want to say many thanks for a wonderful experience today …….I have cycled the lanes and byways and plodded the fells for the past 20 yrs…dreaming of swimming the lakes and you’ve made that happen today !

    With gratitude, Ann x

  37. Rated 5 out of 5

    Swim the Lakes

    I just had an excellent morning doing the introduction to open water swimming course in Rydal Water – a fabulous spot for a ‘first try’! The team are clearly really experienced and full of passion and I hope this will be the first of many fun frolics in these beautiful Lakes. Thank you!
    Sarah Keighley-Elstub

  38. Rated 5 out of 5

    Swim the Lakes

    Came to attend introduction to open water swimming, what a fantastic day, swimming in Rydal water.
    All staff were happy, friendly and welcoming with a huge knowledge of open water / wild swimming.
    Would recommend going to the shop or attending a course as you’ll get so much out of it!
    Mark Witherspoon

  39. Rated 5 out of 5

    Swim the Lakes

    Came to attend introduction to open water swimming, what a fantastic day, swimming in Rydal water.
    All staff were happy, friendly and welcoming with a huge knowledge of open water / wild swimming.
    Would recommend going to the shop or attending a course as you’ll get so much out of it!
    Mark Witherspoon

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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
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 staff 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 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.
This course is based on development using front crawl swimming in open water; however, swimmers who prefer using breaststroke are just as welcome.
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 800m – 1500m over the morning, but you can do less if you like. This is not a race its 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, soothes 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?
We will be in our Ambleside 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 the primary school behind us or any car-park in Ambleside, all are within easy walking distance.
There is plenty of parking at the Lake 5 mins away. People often car-share to the lake to save on parking.

Can my friends/ family come along?
Yes, they are most welcome to come along or meet you at the Lake to watch, though we can only accommodate course participants in the presentation at our shop.

Happy Swimming, Pete & Andrea

ESSENTIAL INFO
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 In formation 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 the primary school behind us or any car-park in Ambleside, all are within easy walking distance.
We have plenty of parking at the 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.

T&C’s
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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