Summer open water swimming courses @ Westward Ho beach

Join us @ Westward Ho beach this summer for fabulous coached open water sea swims around the beautiful Bideford Bay. Courses start w/c 27 May 2019, cost £35 per person and run for 5 weeks.

Sessions available for complete beginners through to advanced, competitive open water swimmers.

  • Wednesday evenings 7pm (beginners)
  • Thursday evenings 7pm (intermediate)
  • Friday evenings 7pm (advanced/competitive)
  • Saturday mornings 11am (all abilities)

To ensure you get plenty of personal instruction and can enjoy the sessions in a friendly environment, we only coach in small groups (maximum 8 swimmers) so places are strictly limited!

Your coach is a fully qualified, open water specialist coach registered with the World Open Water Swimming Association, Swim England, the Institute of Swimming and American Swim Coaches Association. Your coach and the dedicated safety cover are all qualified with Surf Life Saving GB.

The sessions will include: entry/exit techniques, working with the sea conditions, understanding how to identify & use or avoid a rip tide, stroke adaptations for the sea conditions, advanced sighting, drafting and turning techniques, swimming endurance, race strategy…..and having fun in the sea!

For more information summer swim series 2019

To book your place, register here

Get ready for open water swimming!

Adults pool based open water swimming course at Barnstaple 25m pool. This is a perfect introduction to open water swimming in a safe environment. The course will cover:

  • Swimming stroke technique and variations
  • Drafting
  • Sighting
  • Turns
  • Entry and exit techniques
  • Ocean/open water safety
  • Acclimatisation
  • Building swimming endurance

Lead by a qualified open water coach and competitive swimmer. Sessions available on Friday 12:30pm – 1:30pm or Sunday 10am – 11am.

To sign up please call 01237 720130, email info@surfandswimschool.com or click here

This course naturally leads into our open water summer sessions which will start in May at Westward Ho beach and surrounding open water venues.

OPEN WATER INDUCTION/INTRODUCTION – Starts May 2019

Join us for an introduction to open water swimming. A great confidence booster! This course will cover safety, beach awareness, short open water/sea swims @ Westward Ho with full safety cover, technique drills and skills. Fully qualified Open Water Swimming Coach takes the session.

Please register to join this course as we need to ensure we have adequate safety cover for everyone taking part. This course runs on consecutive weeks and is progressive. Venues may change if weather or sea conditions are not favourable for swims from Westward Ho beach.

SWIM FOR YOUR SUPPER! Starts June 2019

Join us for a weekly sociable swim at Westward Ho beach. These fun training sessions run on Friday evenings for 5 weeks. Cost is £75 per person and includes a weekly open water focused training session followed by fish and chips supper! Contact us for more information

Please note:

  1. It is very important you let us know if you are planning to attend so we can ensure the correct levels of staffing/safety cover and pool space for swimming pool sessions. Please register your intention to join us by completing this short form or by calling us on 01237 720130
  2. Wetsuits are compulsory for sea & lake based courses. If you need to borrow one please let us know so we can bring some to the meeting point.

If you have any questions or would like further information please call us on 01237 720130 or email

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