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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


30 June 2018: KCASA Open Water Championships
The KCASA Open Water Championships will be swum in conjunction with the London Region Open Water Championships (see below). Kent swimmers’ results will be extracted from the London results - if you want to be included in the Kent Championships and considered for awards, Kent swimmers must enter the London Region event and send a copy of the London entry paperwork to the Kent OW Manager karen.crabtree@kentswimming.org . Please note that the London Region event was heavily over subscribed in 2017, so entries are on a first-come-first-served basis with London Region age group swimmers being given priority due to the opportunity to secure places at the National Open Water Championships.

30 June 2018: London Region Open Water Championships  
The KCASA Open Water Championships will be swum as part of this event; Kent swimmers must enter both events even if only wishing to compete in the KCASA Championships.

21 July 2018: Swim South East Open Water Championships
Kent Rural swimmers wishing to qualify for the National Championships must compete in this event.

29-30 July 2018: Swim England Open Water Championships

KCASA Open Water Development Day

KCASA and TriSwim have collaborated to offer an open water training session on the 2 June 2018 - for 12 years-Masters.  Full details here.

Swim South East Development Camp (12-16 years)

The training camp will be at Walton-on-Thames and Shepperton on 17 June with applications closing on 28 April.  Full details here.

Open Water Officials

KCASA are keen to support the development of open water officials within the county.  We will not be able to consider promoting an independent county open water championships until we have approximately eight qualified officials.

British Swimming and Swim England are holding open water officials training courses throughout the 2018 season, subject to demand. Additional information, about registering to attend a course and links to course workbooks can be found here:

ASA Level 2 Coaching Open Water Award Courses for 2018

A copy of the award details can be downloaded here and information on this and other open water courses can be found here.  Details of other teaching/coaching qualifications plus a range of workshops and seminars are listed on this website

Karen Crabtree

KCASA Open Water Manager

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