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Open Water Awards

Our Open Water Awards are a fantastic way to improve your swimming ability in open water.

The three awards are designed for any swimmers over the age of eight, and involve dry side and water-based activity.

Some of the skills you will develop through the awards are:

  • starting in the water
  • starting with a dive
  • sighting
  • turning around a buoy
  • line drafting
  • arrowhead drafting
  • close proximity swimming
  • overtaking
  • acclimatisation
  • feeding stations.

The awards must be delivered by qualified Swim England teachers or coaches, and you can take Awards 1 and 2 in the pool.

Head to our coaching pages for information about delivering the awards.