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Open Water

Open Water

Although most people now think of swimming as the indoor pool programme, competitive swimming has its roots very much in taking to the water outside.

Take part in an open water race

The growing popularity of open water swimming means there are events popping up across the UK. Here are a few ways you can get involved.  Open water swimming events hit the headlines after the International Olympic Committee listed a 10km race as one of the events for the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games.  It was a sign of the growing appetite for open water swimming and since then the sport has grown hugely with lots of events happening around the UK every year for Age Group swimmers, Seniors, and Masters.

What is an open water event?

Open water races can take place in any large outdoor body of water, such as seas, lakes, rivers, canals and reservoirs.  It's not just about the swimming either. They often have a great social life around them making them a great day or weekend out.  The distance of each event varies from under 1km to 80km, but at major competitive level the typical distances are 5km, 10km and 25km more ...


New rules about the use of wetsuits for competitive open water swimming have been introduced from 2017 -  take time to check them out.


2 July 2017: KCASA Open Water Championships

2 July 2017: London Region Open Water Championships  (the KCASA Open Water Championships will be swum as part of this event and Kent swimmers must enter both events even if only wishing to compete in the KCASA Championships)

8 July 2017: Swim South East Open Water Championships (Kent Rural swimmers wishing to qualify for the National Championships must compete in this event.

30-31 July 2017: Swim England Open Water Championships


Open water officials courses and courses leading open water coaching qualifications will be listed here as and when they are arranged.

Open Water Officials' Training

Watch this space!

ASA Level 2 Coaching Open Water Award

A copy of the award can be downloaded here and information on this an other courses can be found here using the search facility.

Karen Crabtree

KCASA Open Water Manager

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