Are you ready for a weekend of open water fun?

Open water swimming at the National Age Group Championships

The ASA National Open Water Festival kicks off tomorrow at Rother Valley Country Park near Rotherham, with plenty of fun and excitement planned for the entire family to enjoy.

The whole weekend is dedicated to celebrating open water swimming, from recreational swimming right through to competitive races with some of the country’s top open water swimmers.

There will be plenty to keep you occupied including stalls, food and refreshments and activities for children of all ages. Find out more about how you can enjoy the festival atmosphere.

The weekend starts with the ASA National Masters Championships and the 1,500m Challenge. Both events take place on Saturday 23 July. There are two races for Masters swimmers, over distances of 1.5km and 3km.

NAG Champs to feature World Junior medallists

The National Age Group Championships will be held on Sunday 24 July, with races over distances of 1.5km, 3km and 5km.

A number of athletes competing in the age group championships have recently returned from the World Junior Open Water Championships in Hoorn.

Swim Safe for families sessions

Over both days we will also be running Swim Safe and Swim Safe for families sessions. These teach children between the ages of seven and 11 how to stay safe and enjoy swimming in open water.

You don’t need to book for the Swim Safe for families sessions. Just turn up on the day and get your wetsuits on. (Wetsuits will be provided on the day).

On Saturday, you should aim to arrive at around 1pm while on Sunday, you should be on site at 12 noon. This will ensure you have plenty of time to get kitted out.

The sessions are free to attend and include a talk from RNLI Lifeguards and 45 minutes of in-water tuition from ASA-qualified swimming teachers.

Spectator entry is completely free and the weather looks set to stay sunny for the duration of the weekend.

So if you want a great family outing and the opportunity to enjoy a fun festival atmosphere, come on down to the ASA National Open Water Festival at Rother Valley Country Park.

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