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Open water swimming is a truly different experience to the pool, and one all swimmers should try at least once! Without the confines of lane ropes or walls, it’s liberating, adventurous and unique. Open water also appeals to the adrenalin-seekers. Competitive races are often frenetic and fierce, with swimmers hustling and bustling for position. Intrigued? Click the button below to find out more.

Find out more about the health benefits of open water swimming here

A safety guide to outdoor swimming

Open Water Events

Check our calendar for the latest events here

Anything missing? Email us to let us know of any open water events our swimmers might be interested in

Open Water Results

Some of our swimmers participated due to postponement of our regional event (?2019)

Cornwall results:

3K Anya Hocking 43:43.3 14 Years South West Female Truro City SC
5K Jackson Spry 04:33.5 17 & 18 South West Male Caradon SC
5K Aegean Bramley 09:33.5 17 & 18 South West Female Caradon SC

Free apps which can be downloaded to help with the running of events:

  • Met Office App – this will give you 12 – 24 hours warning of poor weather etc.  You may also be able to access flood warnings if you contact the Met Office.
  • ZELLO – As long as everyone has this app you can contact each other by phone rather than using radios which at times can be unreliable if there are obstructions, e.g. hills.  It does need 3G to work, but it is an alternative if the radios are not working.

Both of these are used by Surf Lifesaving GB

All clubs that run Open Water as a discipline or as a stand-alone Open Water club need to ensure that this is reflected in their current constitution and that they are registered with Swim England as an Open Water club/having an Open Water section. Please see advice from Sharon Lock (National Development Officer for Masters and Open Water) re: this process.

1. Any club who has organised open water swimming activities should have a constitution that specifies it is doing open water swimming OR, uses the term aquatics (which covers Open Water swimming) in their constitution.

2. For those clubs that have got Open Water activities they should have ticked Open Water on their membership renewal submission – if they haven’t they will not show on the Integra list of Open Water clubs.

Therefore the county will need to:

A. Check the clubs constitution and ask them to amend if necessary

B. Inform Martyn Hudson from the Swim England Membership Team that the club has Open Water activities – he will then adjust the clubs record accordingly. Martyn can be contacted on or by phone on 01509 640740.

Visit the South West Swim England Open Water page here

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