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.

2018 National Age Group Open Water Championships

The National Age Group Open Water Championships are to be held at Rother Valley Country Park on Monday 30th July 2018. 

For full entry details and information please click here

2018 Regional Open Water Championships

The Regional Open Water Championships will be held on Saturday 7th July at Preston Beach Weymouth, DT4 7SX. 

This year we will be running 2km, 3km and 5km with a 1km taster event. 

Open Water T Shirts and Hoodies will be abailable at the event, there is no need to pre order. 

For full entry details please click here

For general conditions please click here

For the entry form please click here.

For a Temporary Category 2 membership form please click here

The South West Region is now recruiting volunteers for Officiating Roles in the Regional Open Water Championships. You can enjoy the benefits of sun, sea and sand (sometimes!) whilst officiating at a swimming event! 

There is no requirement to be a pool official just click here for more information on how to get involved. 


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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