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Moving To Open Water

Swimming in open water is totally different to pool swimming. You might go swimming in blazing sunshine…or the pouring rain! It’s extremely enjoyable, so if you’re looking for a challenge and love the outdoors then give it a try.

For everything you need to get into open water swimming jump over to our Get Started section now.With lakes, lynns and lochs of all shapes and sizes across Great Britain, open water swimming scoffs at tiny pools with their lane ropes and walls. Open water swimming knows no boundaries!

While you must be competent, you don’t have to be a superstar swimmer to take on open water – it’s a fairly simple transition from the pool. The more you do the better you get.

Things to look out for

The great benefit of open water swimming is that you’ll never get the same swim twice when you’re out in nature. However, things to be aware of:

  • Swimming alone is not recommended.
  • The temperature and choppiness of the water can be difficult to contend with sometimes.
  • Weather conditions can change rapidly.

However, wearing a wetsuit helps insulate against the cold and keep you buoyant and our safety and preparation checklist can help you stay safe.

  • Go to our Get Started section for everything you need to know about getting into open water swimming