Beyond Swim is launched to help provide best possible open water experiencesMay 10, 2021
A brand new initiative to offer something for every member of the open water swimming community has been officially launched.
Beyond Swim has been created by Triathlon England and is supported by Swim England the Royal Lifesaving Society UK (RLSS UK).
The organisations have combined their expertise and safety guidance to provide swimmers of all abilities enjoyable and consistent experiences.
Beyond Swim provides accreditation for venues ensuring they have met the highest standards of safety and professionalism.
It offers swimmers discounts at accredited venues and incentivises activity with additional benefits available to more people swim.
Once a swimmer has clocked up 10 swims, they can choose from exclusive merchandise discounts and sustainable rewards such as planting trees or giving donations to charity.
Open water swimming has become one of the country’s fastest growing sports, appealing to a wide audience of multisport athletes, health-conscious casual swimmers and those looking for a new challenge who are interested in the physical and mental health benefits associated with the sport.
The initiative will offer participants a valued open water swimming experience beyond what they have previously encountered, encouraging people of all abilities to experience the benefits of open water swimming in exciting and inclusive environments.
Jon Glenn, Swim England Learn to Swim Director: “We’re thrilled to be supporting this initiative with British Triathlon and the Royal Life Saving Society UK.
“Open water swimming is growing in popularity and it’s vitally important that people can visit safe, accredited venues where they can enjoy the many health benefits swimming outdoors brings.
“Part of our open water pledge is the need for better access and increased safety for swimmers and Beyond Swim will go a long way to ensuring that’s the case for open water swimmers – and those keen to try it out for the first time – up and down the country.”
Best possible experience
Andy Salmon, Triathlon England CEO, said: “It’s fantastic to be able to officially launch Beyond Swim. We are committed to providing the best possible experience for anyone wanting to take part in open water swimming and we believe that Beyond Swim is the best way to facilitate this.
“The closure of facilities during lockdowns and the growing awareness of the physical and mental wellbeing benefits of open water swimming has seen ever-growing demand for well organised and safety-accredited venues.
“Beyond Swim is all about supporting venues and building a community of open water swimmers of all abilities so that an ever growing number of people can realise the joy of open water swimming.
“I look forward with great excitement to seeing the initiative grow and support venues and swimmers to enjoy great experiences through open water swimming.”
Lee Heard, RLSS UK Director of People, Membership and Partnerships, said: “The Royal Life Saving Society UK (RLSS UK) exists to ensure everyone can enjoy water safely, regardless of age or ability, and is excited to be working with its partners at British Triathlon and Swim England on Beyond Swim.
“Being in open water is a fantastic experience and making that experience a safe one, is what brings people back for more.
“As the safety lead for the scheme, RLSS UK are delighted to be instrumental in giving participants peace of mind, as they embark on their open water adventures.”