Training Zone

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Training Plans

Whether you're new to the open water or an experienced open swimmer, we're here to support you every stroke of the way! Check out our training plans, which have been written by our friends at Swim Open, who specialise in teaching open water swimming. 

These are designed to equip you with the skills, confidence and adequate fitness levels to tackle your open water swim. If you follow the plan applicable to your challenge distance, which features training in both pool and open water environments, then you’ll be more than ready for your swim and most importantly you’ll have an enjoyable and rewarding experience.

Open Water Swimming Guides

From waves and currents, to water temperature, clarity and quality, open water is very different to your local swimming pool. Outdoor Swimmer have produced a guide on how to make the transition from pool to pond, how to choose your first outdoor swim and what to expect the first time you take your swimming outdoors.

Also check out Open Water Swimathon's amazing top tips and common mistakes to avoid!

Videos

Check out our Open Water Swimathon videos!

Top Tips from Outdoor Swimmer

Get your training off to a great start with these tips from Outdoor Swimmer on technique, training and exercise and nutrition and health!

1. Technique

Open Water Swimathon Tip One

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2. Training and Exercises

Alice's awesome tip

Learn how not to sink

Open Water Swimathon Tip Two

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3. Nutrition and Health

Open Water Swimathon Tip Three

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