Open Water

Open Water Swimming

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.

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

2019 Regional Open Water Championships

Please find below the entry information for this year’s Swim England South West Region Open Water Championships.

The Championships will be held on Saturday 6th July at Preston Beach, Weymouth.

The conditions and entry information is below and must be read and understood prior to completing the online entry form.

Payment for your entry must be made within 7 days of your entry submission.  Any entries with no payment within 7 days will be deleted.

2019 Swim England South West Open Water Championships – ENTRY FORM LINK

If you will be applying for a Temporary Membership to compete please complete the attached form and send to me directly by email once you have completed the online entry form. 

Open Water General Conditions 2019

Open Water Entry Information 2019

Swim England Temporary Memebership form

2019 Opportunities to Officiate

Across the country there is an array of competitions at both Regional and National Level which require Officials to allow the events to run successfully. 

Click here to view all of the championships along with contact names to register availablilty with. 


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.

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