Get Into Open Water
With lakes, lynns and lochs of all shapes and sizes in Great Britain, open water swimming scoffs at lane ropes and pool walls – it knows no boundaries.
If you're looking to step up and challenge yourself away from the pool then open water swimming is the perfect way to take your swimming in a new direction.
While you must be competent, you don’t have to be a superstar swimmer like Keri-anne Payne to take on open water – it’s a fairly simple transition from the pool – and the more you do it, the better you’ll be.
There are risks of course: swimming alone is not recommended, the temperature and choppiness of the water can be difficult to contend with and weather conditions can make things interesting.
But wearing a wetsuit helps insulate against the cold and keeps you buoyant and open water swimmers will tell you that this all adds to the fun!
Is it popular?
Yes! Open water swimming is one of the fastest growing sports in the country. You can enter a triathlon, go on a SwimTrek holiday, swim in a mass participation event, or take a challenge for charity like Kate Vines and Justine Drury did.
They swam the English Channel as part of the Big Splash. Play the video left and be inspired to get in the open water with them.
How can I learn more?
You can find out everything you need to know about going from the pool to open water in this section. We answer questions such as:
- How do I train for open water swimming in the pool?
- What do I need to know before swimming in open water?
- What equipment do I need for open water events?
- I want to compete – where do I sign up?
So get started and make a splash today in open water.