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Get Started with Open Water Swimming

Do you fancy swapping the pool for the lakes, lynns and lochs of the UK? You’ve come to the right place to get started with open water swimming.

Your path into open water swimming will probably take one of two routes:

  1. Make your own way – get started at a local venue and try it for yourself in your own time.
  2. Join a club – there are more than 150 clubs who train and compete in open water swimming in England.

Use our links below to find out more about each option. We’ve also included links to more info about the sport, as well as information about what you’ll need to take with you.

If you’re already a confident open water swimmer and you’re ready to dive right in, head to our Venues page for a list of places to swim.

Otherwise, you can use our Contacts page to ask a question of one of the open water swimming experts at Swim England.