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Open Water

Clevedon Long Swim

Somerset ASA Open Water Co-ordinator is Kat Percival (kat.percival@outlook.com) who has considerable recent experience as a coach and team manager in this discipline of our sport. Kat organises our annual Open Water Championships, Inter County Team and English Channel crossings! 

Somerset ASA encourages participation in Open Water swimming through development involving our coaches across the County acknowledging longer distance swimming with progression to Open Water events. 


The SW Regional and County Open Water Championships which took place at Preston Beach, Weymouth on 24 June 2017 were well supported with 44 of the 199 competitors and five national qualifiers from Somerset. View results.

The Swim England National Open Water Festival returned to Rother Valley Country Park in 2017 for two days of competition incorporating the National Open Water Masters Championships, National Open Water Age Group Championships and a mass participation event for swimmers of all abilities. Read more.


A 2 day course ran on 27 May 2017 (Wells LC pool) and 3 June 2017 (Preston Beach, Weymouth) with Swim England SW Region to introduce new swimmers aged 12 to 17 years to open water swimming and develop their skills. Almost half the 15 attending were from Somerset. View details 

Within Somerset ASA's 2018/19 Development budget, a funding pot of £2,000 will focus on encouraging more participation in the disciplines of Open Water, Water Polo, Synchronised Swimming and Masters. 


We are keen to recruit officials into this growing element of aquatic sport so you could soon enjoy the benefits of sun, sea and sand whilst judging a swimming event! Three volunteers from Somerset attended classroom workshop sessions on 27 May 2017 at Wells Leisure Centre were followed by practical sessions on beach and boat on 3 June 2017 at Weymouth as part of their Level 1 training. View details.


We publicised details of ASA Level 2 Open Water Coaching Course at Vobster / Trowbridge. Please help to publicise details of events and courses and share within your networks.

Swim England South West are collating a list of Open Water Coaches in the Region. If you are one or have
any within your club, please can you email Virginia Hill (swowsec@gmail.com) with names, club and qualification.

Somerset club member Alan Withers is actively involved in the delivery of Open Water events at regional and National level and we retain Brian Bewley, our retired Open Water Coach on the County Emergency Committee.



Excerpt from BBC Countryfile Winter Diaries, February 2017 extolling the benefits of cold water swimming.

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