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

Open Water Development in 2022

The Open Water Committee have planned and released their upcoming development opportunities.

Please follow the link below to view their development plan. Included in this plan are a number of events including coach education and athlete development.

Please view the document and if you are interested in attending anything then please email swimsouthwest@swimming.org

Regional Open Water Plan 2022

FAQs

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.

Minutes 

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

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