Open Water


Open water swimming takes place in outdoor bodies of water such as oceans and lakes.  The beginning of the modern age of open water swimming is sometimes taken to be 3rd May 3 1810, when Lord Byron swam several miles to cross the Hellespont (now known as the Dardanelles) from Europe to Asia.

There are a number of Open Water events in the South West culminating in the Open Water Regional Championships.  Swim England South West has held these Championships for over 20 years.  The National distances are are 2km (12/13yrs), 3km (14/15yrs), 5km (16/0ver).  For more information on these events please check out our Events Calendar.

Click here to view the Open Water 2022 Report. 

For information on development opportunities for Open Water Officials please contact the office on 01823 666 792.

Swim England have an array of information available on their Open Water Hub which is available by clicking here

Open Water Development in 2022

The Open Water Committee will be reviewing development opportunities for 2023 in the coming months and would welcome input from swimmers, coaches and officials.

Please view the document below relating to the 2022 programme and if you have any comments, feedback or suggestions for the coming year, please email

Regional Open Water Plan 2022


For those of you who are interested in Open Water Swimming Swim England have put together a list of Masters Open Water FAQs. 

Please click here to have a read through and for more information.


To view the Meeting Minutes for the Open Water Technical committee please click here. 

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