Open Water Swimming – to compete or for recreation

Come and swim with us! Open water swimming is a fun, challenging sport loved by open water enthusiasts, triathletes and wild swimmers. Our expert, open water swimming coaches equip you with the skills you need to be safe and competent in an open water environment. Whether you’re intending to compete or just want to be a competent swimmer for family vacations.

We offer 3 levels of open water swimming courses or lessons:

Level 1

These sessions are pool based and the perfect environment to work on your technical skills, whether that’s learning something new or honing old technique to be more efficient and effective on distance swims. Regular sessions are available at Barnstaple and Torrington pools

Level 2

sessions are run in a semi-open water environment either at Bude Sea Pool or similar location. Here you will swim longer distances, continue to develop your open water technique and master some of the challenges of open water swimming such as the water temperature, wetsuits, environmental changes, pack swimming etc.

Level 3

These sessions are in the open water. We run regular coached open water sessions around Westward Ho, Bude and North Devon. Depending on the expected conditions we choose the best location to ensure you get the most benefit from the session. These sessions will help you become confident and competent in an open water environment. We teach you how to deal with the elements and coach you on the more advanced open water techniques you will need for long distance swims.

Recreational open water swims

Throughout the summer you can join us for beautiful open water swims around the stunning Westward Ho coastline. A great day out for all the family, fully supported with dedicated safety cover, our team will take you on a swimming adventure departing from the stunning Westward Ho blue flag beach.

All equipment is provided and you don’t need to be a seasoned open water competitor. We will give you a thorough safety briefing, educate you on beach safety and encourage you all the way during your swim. You might even spot a curious seal, porpoise or a few fishes!

How to book:

There are range of lessons available from the Open Water Swimming Coaching team including one2one, private groups and daily coached training sessions.

Once you’ve decided on the dates and times you’d like to swim please call 01237 720130 or email us to check availability and tide times.

Private groups and private one2one coaching is always available.

Once we’ve confirmed the session times you’d like we will send you a registration form and information about payment and arrival.

Any questions or queries, please give us a call on 01237 720130 or email info@surfandswimschool.com .

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