Event Preparation For Open Water Swimmers
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Event Preparation For Open Water Swimmers

If you've entered an open water swim event, this workshop will build your confidence, improve your technique and prepare you for your challenge.

Swim event preparation in Windermere, covering skills, tactics, technique, nutrition and other pre-event preparations for your open water swim events.

This is specific training for open water swimming to gain the skills & confidence and practice them for your first or next open water swim event.

By the end of the day you’ll be itching to mix it up in the vanguard at your next swim race!

Venue: Windermere Outdoor Adventure Centre, Windermere. 

Time: 09:00am - 12:30pm

Cost: £49.99 

2016 Dates: Sun 105th May; Sun 29th May

Who Should attend: beginners to intermediate swimmers looking to improve their open water swimming technique and to practice skills used in swimming events such as the great swim series and other swim events.

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Details: We meet at Lakes Leisure building, on the edge of Windermere at 9am for tea/ coffee and introductions. There's plenty of free parking here.
Our first session is land-based in the 'classroom' for our briefing and skills coverage. We will discuss safety, your event goals, your pre-race preparation, swimming equipment and training. Its a short walk through the woods down to the lakes edge for our practical session.

Windermere provides the perfect venue for our workshop, providing safe and sheltered swimming in a stunning location. After an acclimatising and warm up swim we’ll introduce you to the skills associated with swimming in a grouprace startsnavigating a course, sighting, drafting tactics and efficient swimming technique. The emphasis of this session is to provide realistic conditions for practice on our race course and in doing so, improve your personal performance.

Throughout the morning we will cover up to a 2km of swimming with regular breaks; this is an information and action packed session with lots of time to practice and which will build confidence and inspire. Personal feedback will be given throughout the day and we will leave you with tips and drills that will continue your improvement during your own outdoor swim training.

This workshop is suitable for those new to open water swimming, though with some experience and intermediate swimmers who want to brush up their skills. If you need the techniques and skills used in open water swimming which enable you to improve your performance and efficiency & get more from your swim events then this course is for you.

Our session structure may vary according to weather conditions. The session ends at about 12:30pm.
Our venue is ideally placed on the shore of Windermere, with classroom, changing rooms, hot showers and lake access.
You have much to gain from our team of experienced open water swimmers, so what are you waiting for dive in.

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What to bring:
  1. Wetsuit
  2. Swimwear
  3. Goggles & Bright swim hat
  4. Towel
  5. Extra warm clothes to change back in to
  6. Packed lunch & drink
  7. Flask of hot drink
  8. Rucksack/ bag to carry gear and lunch to lake
  9. Big smiles and an Open Mind.

What’s Included: Full instruction in the workshop and the lake, facilities, insurance and safety cover, showers and changing room, tea/coffee, snacks.

Swim gear: If you don't have a wetsuit suitable for swimming we have wetsuits available for hire for the day. Please let us know.
Looking to Buy a Wetsuit? Why not try before you buy at one of our Wetsuit tri-On days.

Swimwear, rash-vests, really warm swim socks and gloves, hats and goggles, energy & hydration drinks are available from HeadtotheHills.co.uk/open water swimming

This course is run in association with the open water swimming club

Customer Testimonials:

"It was a fantastic course - I'll defo be doing more courses and events with you guys, so hope to see you all soon!  Cheers, Heather."

"thank you for a super day last Saturday. I thoroughly enjoyed the course and learned a great deal in preparation for my participation in the Great North Swim."  Best wishes, Mike Farrimond.

"I wanted to let you know how much enjoyed the course. The professionalism, enthusiasm and concern shown for participants enabled me to fully participate and test my limits. I had a great time!" Kind regards, Erik.


  • Windermere Outdoor Adventure Centre, Rayrigg Road (A592)
  • Bowness-on-Windermere
  • Cumbria
  • United Kingdom
  • LA23 1BP


  • Telephone: 015394 33826
  • E-Mail: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

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