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ASA guidelines for running and managing open water swimming events

This is a detailed resource explaining the guidance of how to run an open water swimming event.

Open water bathing has always been a popular activity, primarily as a recreational pursuit linked to tourism and sunny weather. Open water swimming events have increased significantly over the past 20 years, both in frequency, size and location.

The open water event management document was released in September 2011 and includes all aspects to take in to consideration when organising an open water event.

The guidelines explain the roles required to run an event, preparation work involved, safety procedures, risk assessments and how to set your course. It is designed to leave the organisers and officials ready to launch their next event.

  • How to Manage an Open Water Swimming Event. This document is currently being updated. Please email facilities@swimming.org

In October 2012, the ASA released a second document relating specifically to mass participation open water swimming events.

This document should be read in conjunction with the 'Guidance, Safe Operating Procedures & Risk Assessment' document above.

  • Click here to read how to Manage a Mass Participation Open Water Swimming Event.
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