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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.


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 ...


FAQs for Masters (25+)

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In 2017 FINA introduced new rules about the use of wetsuits for competitive open water swimming  -  take time to check them out.

All the questions a Masters Open Water swimmer might want to ask are answered in a downloadable leaflet here

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