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Wetsuit Try-On Event

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Wetsuit Try-On Event


If you are thinking of investing in your first swim wetsuit or upgrading your current one this is the perfect opportunity for you to ‘try before you buy’ and get the right advice from the experts, ensuring your new wetsuit fits you perfectly.

2020 Dates:  April 26; May 17. (dates will be available for booking from 2nd Jan 2020)

(Can’t make these dates? we do in-store wetsuit fittings too).

Cost: FREE to customers making a wetsuit purchase on the day. A charge of £10 is made towards costs and then deducted from your purchase. Payment card details are required for a security deposit.

Swim Ability: Suitable for all swimmers looking to buy a swimming wetsuit. The focus in the water is on testing the wetsuit for fit & we’ll guide you through this.

To Book: place in your cart and complete through to checkout, no charge is made, Or give us a ring :).


Event Description

Swim faster & smoother in an awesome wetsuit that fits perfectly and moves with you, enhancing your outdoor swimming experience.

This is your ideal try before you buy opportunity.

  • Wetsuit fit & care advice from the experts
  • Open Water swimming tips
  • Try-on day deals
  • Swimming accessories
  • Meet the guides from Swim the Lakes
  • Get the right fitting wetsuit

The event is organised into 3 sessions, upon arrival we’ll welcome you and register you to the next available session. Booking is preferred. You don’t have to book but places will be prioritised to those who have booked and spaces are limited.

Many thanks for your help and advice at the try-on event last Sunday. Took my new wet suit for its first serious outing tonight, it fell awesome, so much more buoyancy and freedom of movement. Delighted with my purchase and well worth the 320 mile round trip to attend the event. I’d recommend these events to anyone looking for a new suit. Rob Marshall


The session lasts approx 1 .5 – 2hrs. We do our best to stick to session times, but this is not always possible.

Venue: Meeting room at Ambleside YHA, Waterhead, Ambleside, LA22 0EU right on the shore of Windermere. Parking is limited at the hostel, please use the large public Waterhead car-park, just a 2 min walk away.

What to bring: Please bring a swimming costume and large towel or changing robe (to dry yourself and to get changed under) as well as a swim cap and goggles. We have socks & gloves available to buy on the day plus a small amount of demo equipment for you to use if you don’t have your own.

Our experienced swimmers will guide you through the range of wetsuits from BlueSeventy and Orca and share their expertise in sizing. You’ll be guided on how to get the best fit and offered some care advice before getting into the wetsuits.

NB: Please let us know if you are looking to buy a Helix as we do not bring them unless requested.

Next it’s into the water so, crucially, you can test how the wetsuit performs while swimming. We’ll support you in the water, guide you through how it should feel, and give you some open water swimming tips.

You’ll leave confident that your new wetsuit will help you swim faster and in more comfort.

Swim ability: Suitable for pool swimmers, beginners and experienced open water swimmers. In these sessions, the focus is on testing the wetsuit for fit.

Please see ‘essential info’ tab on left for more essential information.

try-on wetsuits

We usually have wetsuit try-on events in April – May.  Don’t worry if you are unable to attend any of our dates, simply book your in-store wetsuit fitting, ring 015394 33826. We specialise in fitting wetsuits in-store from April to Sept / October.
Find out more about our wetsuit fitting service.

Any Queries? We are happy to help, please ring us on 015394 33826.


All try-on event days run 10am – 3.00pm, unless otherwise stated. Each session lasts approx 1.5 – 2hrs. Sessions run from 10:00-11:30, 12:00-13:30, 13:30-15:00,

What to bring: Swimwear, goggles, hat & big towel for outside changing, warm clothes, big smile, a flask of hot drink & snack.

What else?: There will be some open water swimming accessories to ‘goggle’ at too!. Come on your own or with bank support.

Age: All participants need to be over 16 and those under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

Health: We regret that swimmers with medical conditions affected by cold water will not be able to take part. Please check with your doctor first.

Cost: Free to customers making a wetsuit purchase on the day, A charge of £10 is made towards costs but this is deducted from your wetsuit purchase. Payment card details are required for a security deposit.

Find Us: In the meeting room at Ambleside YHA, Waterhead, Ambleside, right on the shores of Windermere.

Parking is very limited at the YHA, we suggest parking in the large public car park at Waterhead opposite the waterfront. Its a 2 min walk to the YHA. Postcode for car park LA22 0ES.

Directions: Post Code for YHA LA22 0EU.

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.