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Wild Swimming Taster Session

Wild Swimming Taster Session


(6 customer reviews)

Try outdoor swimming with Swim the Lakes in Ambleside, right at the heart of the Lake District and in one of the best locations in Britain for wild swimming. We really are spoilt for choice in the Lake District, come and try it out for yourself and get shown the ropes by our friendly and experienced wild swim guides and coaches. They will share their experience and expertise with you, as well as look after you in the water. We’ll supply everything you need, just turn up with your swimwear and have fun!

2024 Dates: Wed, 15 May | Wed, 5 June | Wed, 31 July. Start  09:00 at Waterhead, Ambleside.

Swim Ability & Fitness Level: Suitable for able swimmers who are new to swimming outdoors. Wetsuit and accessory hire included.

Duration: 1.5 hr trip (45min approximate swim time)

Please choose the date from the calendar:

Enter your size details below. We need your height (cm) AND weight (kg); PLUS Men’s chest ” OR Ladies UK size e.g. 12,14,16 etc.
If you do not need to hire a suit just state – ‘bringing own wetsuit’. Thx

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Swim Description

Try our Wild Swimming Taster Session with Swim the Lakes in Ambleside right at the heart of the Lake District. This is one of the best locations in Britain for wild swimming. We have many accessible rivers, lakes and tarns and are really are spoilt for choice. Why not come and try it out for yourself. Our friendly local wild swim guides will look after you. They will share their experience and expertise with you, and look after you in the water.

We meet at Waterhead, Ambleside for a briefing and to get kitted out with wetsuits (wetsuit hire is included). Then it is only a short walk to our wild swimming venue near the shores of Windermere.

Swim Ability & Fitness Level:

This session is perfect for people who can swim, but want to swim outdoors for the first time. The emphasis of this swim is feeling comfortable in the water. Approaching outdoor swimming safely and responsibly whilst exploring and enjoying the natural environment. For this swim, you need to be a capable swimmer who can swim 500m in a pool (20 lengths of a 25m pool), front-crawl or breaststroke.

Wild Swimming Taster Session Brief Itinerary:

We meet at Waterhead, Ambleside at 09:00 for a briefing and to get kitted out with wetsuits (wetsuit hire is included), before taking the short walk to our wild swimming venue near the shores of Windermere. Full details will be emailed after booking.
Non- swimming friends are welcome to explore the shore paths and trails around this beautiful area while we take our swim.

What’s Included:

  • Friendly, qualified and experienced coaches & guides with over 20 years of experience.
  • Full safety cover.
  • Free hot choccy and cake.
  • Complementary wetsuit hire.
  • A Swim the Lakes Certificate of Achievement.
  • Discount code for on-line purchases.

Free swim wetsuit hire is available & can be booked in advance here: wetsuit hire


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

Customer Testimonials:
Just a quick note to say thank you for the wild swim taster session. I really appreciate the amount of time and patience you took with us. We both came away from the trip with real sense of achievement. Thank you. Esther

Any Queries? We are happy to help, see our Swim Trips FAQ page or call 015394 33826

6 reviews for Wild Swimming Taster Session

  1. Heather Stanley

    I just want to say a big thank you for looking after me this afternoon on the introductory course. I had a fantastic time, and am now hooked. Still flying from the experience. Thanks so much. Heather

  2. Andy Butcher

    Great experience on the taster swim today. The weather wasn’t kind, very wet in fact but it didn’t matter at all. The equipment and instruction is first class and friendly and relaxed too. It might be tempting to just go and buy on line if you are thinking of getting into this but for me, far better to get professional advice and go and see and try the equipment. No better place to go than Swim The Lakes in Ambleside I would suggest where open water swimming is almost on the doorstep. Pete and his team were recommended to me and it was good advice.
    Andy Butcher 22 Sept

  3. Paula

    I just want to say Thankyou for a brilliant time today, I am absolutely knackered but can’t stop smiling. I look forward to coming out with you again.
    Paula x

  4. David Clough

    Hi guys, I’d just like to thank you for the swim trial this morning. I was a bit apprehensive beforehand but after taking to yourselves I really enjoyed it and hope to carry on open water swimming in the future.
    I’ll definitely recommend you to anyone who wants to try it.
    Once again thank you
    David Clough

  5. Melissa

    Hi Pete and team
    Just wanted to say thank you all for an amazing morning in Windermere.

    I loved being in the water with all awesome scenery around us. Was a really surreal experience.

    Thank you for all your advice and guidance, will definitely be putting it into practice.

    Looking forward to getting back in the water again.

    Thank you again for a fantastic experience.

    Regards, Melissa

  6. Lucy Wright

    Hope to see you next year, thanks again for the swims you do- I really enjoy them- I have been on a few (most recently the night swim, the poets punt, ease into ease dale, open water swimming course, taster session) and they all have been excellent.
    Best wishes, Lucy

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I can’t find my swim information email / joining instructions.

All joining instructions are emailed within 48hours of booking, please check your ‘junk’ folder in the first instance. Please add to your safe list.

How fit do I need to be for the wild swim?

You do not need to be super fit or fast, but you do need to be a confident swimmer who can swim at least 1,500m in a pool in one session.

How far will we swim and walk?
It’s a short 5min walk to our get-in point, the swim is 1000 – 1200m.

What will the weather be like?

It could be sunny and still, it could be windy and 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 and footwear.

Can I hire a wetsuit?
Wetsuit hire is available for this swim. Please provide your for your size info at the time of booking.
We have sizes from XS to XXL men’s and UK6 – UK22 ladies, please ring us if you are concerned about sizes.

How cold will the water be?

The lakes vary in temperature between 14-18 degrees for this time of year depending on the local weather conditions.

Wetsuits: Wetsuits are essential for this wild swim unless you are an experienced skins swimmer. Swimmers who are not wearing a wetsuit must wear a tow-float.

Wetsuit Hire:
We have sizes from XS to XXL men’s and UK6 – UK22 ladies, please ring us to discuss your hire if you are concerned about sizes.

What to bring: Swimming costume or trunks (we recommend having this on already underneath your clothes for ease.), swim cap, clear goggles (if you have them), big towel, warm clothes for changing back into after your swim, appropriate clothing for the weather, bag to carry your things to the shore.

Group Size: min – max: 5 – 15

Parking: Use any of the Ambleside Car Parks:
Miller Bridge car park Ambleside, LA22 OEE.
Rydal Road car park Ambleside, LA22 9AY.
Lake Road car park Ambleside, LA22 ODB.
King Street car park Ambleside, LA22 0BX.
Low Fold car park Ambleside, LA22 ODN.

Confirmation Email: We will send a confirmation after booking, please check your ‘spam folder’ etc.

Trip Caution: Open water swimming by its very nature involves a natural outdoor environment. Although unlikely, 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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