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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 ...

Wetsuits

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

Championships

KCASA Open Water Championships

London Region Open Water Championships (the KCASA Open Water Championship will be swum as part of this event)

South East Region Open Water Championship

ASA Open Water Championships

Officials

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

Open Water Officials' Level 1 Training Course - March 2017

London Region are planning a Level 1 Officials course to be run at the same time and venue as the Region Open Water Development Camp. If you are interested in attending email londonbookings@swimming.org for more information and to reserve a place

  • Date: 11 March 2017
  • Venue: London Aquatic Centre

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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