Upcoming sessions

Open Water swimming training

We are starting to offer open water swimming training to small groups of swimmers, whilst adhering to the latest social distancing and safety guidelines. These swims all start from Westward Ho beach and to ensure we have plenty of space for socially distanced safety briefings we have adjusted our swim times so we meet on the sand and not on the busy slipway or car park.

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

Each group is accompanied with a fully qualified open water swimming coach and an SLSGB Surf Lifeguard.

Get ready for cold water swimming!

WINTER 2020 we will be running our cold water swims! Adults acclimation session for those swimmers wanting to swim in cold waters or undertake an ice swimming challenge Sessions are held at Westward Ho sea pool or beach (depending on the conditions). A lot of our swimmers use these sessions to try skins but that isn’t compulsory. The sessions are guided by our qualified open watch coach and SLSGB Surf Lifeguard. Please contact us if you would like further information or to join the group.

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



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.


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 training session followed by fish and chips supper! Contact us for more information. We hope to start these sessions again soon but for now, they are on hold while there is a COVID-19 pandemic.

Please note:

  1. If you would like to join in with our open water swimming sessions please contact us using the form below and we will issue you with a password so you can use our online booking and registration system. Alternatively, you can call us on 01237 720130

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

World Open Water Swimming Association

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