Welcome to the Home of Open Water Swimming on Swimfit
Whether you’re swimming for health, fitness or competitive motives, open water is the perfect way to take your swimming in a new direction. Read on to find out more about getting involved as well as tips and support from top British open water swimmers and coaches.
WHY OPEN WATER?
If you're looking to step up and challenge yourself away from the pool then open water swimming is the answer.
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!
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 – and the more open water you swim, the more comfortable you will become.
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 also make things interesting… but wearing a wetsuit helps insulate against the cold and keep you buoyant and open water swimmers will tell you anything else just adds to the fun!
IS IT POPULAR?
From SwimTrek holidays to the mass participation events to competitive triathlons, there have never been more opportunities to get involved.
Open water swimming is one of the fastest growing sports in the country with this year's fourth running of the Great North Swim in Lake Windemere expecting more than 10,000 participants.
If you want to give one of the British Gas Great Swims a go in the comfort of your own pool and track your progress, head straight to our challenges section of MySwimfit.
OKAY, I’M CONVINCED – HOW DO I START?
Explore the rest of this section now for everything you need to know to go from the pool to open water.