Introduction to Open Water Swimming in the Lake District
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Introduction to Open Water Swimming in the Lake District (Beginners)

Want to get into open water swimming? This course is for you, we make it easy for you to get in the water and start swimming outdoors. From no-idea to no-fear in a single day. This is an introduction to open water swimming for beginners based in the beautiful Lake District.

Venue: Event base Ambleside & Rydal Water. Meet at Head to the Hills- Swim the Lake District, 2 Compston Road, AMBLESIDE LA22 9DJ.

Start Time: Morning Session 09:30 - approx 13:30

Cost: £49.99

2016 Dates: May 7th, 14th, 21st, 28th. June 1st, 4th, 29th. July 16th

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Windermere Wild Swimmers

Our Lake is the perfect venue for an introduction to how to swim open water, providing safe and sheltered swimming in a beautiful location. It is here that we’ll introduce you to the watery world of wild swimming, covering aspects of safety and the basics of open water swimming that will give you a good foundation upon which to build your future swimming adventures.

This course is suitable for complete beginners to open water who are making the transition out of the pool as well as swimmers who want to refresh their skills. Whether you've just entered your first swim event, a triathlon or you simply want to enjoy swimming outdoors safely for pure enjoyment, then this course is for you.

Introduction to Open Water Course Details:

The course includes both dry land and in-water sessions. We begin our day at our base in Ambleside, with an open water skills presentation & briefing session over a mug of tea or coffee.

We’ll look at the effects of the weather on open water and you, how to swim safely, how to navigate effectively and swim in a straight line (not as easy as it may seem!).  We'll consider swim technique, open water top tips plus how to choose and use swimming wetsuits and equipment.

Moving to the Lake, the session run by experienced coaches, is structured to enable you to practice the theory and your new skills at your own pace.

Throughout the morning we will cover between 500m to 1500m of swimming with regular breaks on the pebble beaches, there’s also an option to take a guided swim to an island. The whole aim is for a fun and information packed session to build confidence and inspire.

The session structure may vary according to the climate which will add to the character of each swim session.

Our day will end at about 13:30 with some well earned tea & biscuits, a chance to recap what we've covered and to plan your future wild swimming adventures.

{Click to watch our 'Intro to Open Water Swimming' Trailer}


What's Included: A great time, friendly guides, land and water based instruction, safety cover, course leaflet, tea /coffee,  biscuits/ cake & lots of smiles guaranteed.

Queries? Please ring for a chat, we'll be happy to help.

Head to the Hills - Swim the Lake District are insured, Lifeguard covered and run by experienced local open water swimmers and coaches.

Swim gear: We have some lovely Blue Seventy swimming wetsuits available for hire at a reduced rate for the course, please ring to enquire.

Swimwear, rash-vests, swim socks and gloves, hats and goggles are available at our Head to the Hills base or click here to buy online from our website.

2016 Dates: May 7th, 14th, 21st, 28th. June 1st, 4th, 29th. July 16th

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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.

Thanks so much again for such a wonderful experience. I can't thank you enough for making it all seem so safe. Sue O.


Thanks so much for making today's experience such a good one - and one all of us would like to repeat!  I was impressed by how you both encouraged the group to meet and gel at the outset and by your clear presentation of key points.  The practical demos and tips were exactly what I'd been hoping for (without knowing exactly what it was that I needed to know!).  So much appreciated. Jill

Reviews: Intro to Open Water Swimming Course Reviews 2012 >

Photos: Intro to Open Water Swimming 2012 Photo Gallery >

Blog: First into the Water: Intro to Open Water Swimming >








  • 2 Compston Road
  • Ambleside
  • Cumbria
  • LA22 9DJ


  • Telephone: 015394 33826

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