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Video: Clevedon Long Swim 2018 from Lady Bay to the Pier.

Somerset ASA encourages participation in Open Water swimming and provides and promotes development opportunities to enable Coaches, competitors and Officials to progress from pool swimming into Open Water events. 

Our new Somerset ASA Open Water Secretary, Nicky Taylor, is currently developing Open Water swimming through ANT Swimming and is keen to promote the sport within the County and beyond.  She is also a member of Street & District who have been involved with Open Water Swimming.

Kat Percival also has considerable experience in this discipline and is involved in County Open Water Coaching duties. She helps organise our annual Open Water Championships, Inter County Team and English Channel crossings. View her Contact Details.

Become a British Swimming Level 2 Open Water Coach

Opan Water Coach course poster

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Events

Entries are open for the SW Regional and County Open Water Championships which will take place at Preston Beach, Weymouth on 6 July 2019.

View results of the 2018 event. The 2017 event (results) was also well supported with 44 of the 199 competitors from Somerset and five qualifying for nationals at which two won gold and one bronze.

Open water race practice

Weston-super-Mare’s Open Water Development Series 2018 was held at Clevedon Marine Lake. View details.
  • Sunday 27 May 2018 - 750m, 1.5k and 3k.
  • Sunday 10 June 2018 - 1k, 2k, 3k & 5k.
  • Cancelled - Sunday 16 September 2018 (Noon to 5.30pm)  - The Club has notified all registered competitors by email.


The Swim England National Open Water Festival returned to Rother Valley Country Park over 29/30 July 2018. Unfortunately adverse weather conditions on Day 1 meant the National Open Water Masters Championships had to be abandoned for safety reasons but the Team 2km participation event did go ahead. The National Open Water Age Group events on Day 2 also went ahead. View report.. Pool qualification times remained the same as 2017 but the new distances for 2018 were: 2km for 12 & 13 years; 3km for 14 & 15 years; 5km for 16, 17/18 & 19+ years.

Swim England Open Water National Age Group Championships 2019 will take place on Monday 5 August 2019, Rother Valley Country Park. The Championships contain races over three distances; 2km, 3km and 5km. Age groups 12 and 13 yrs compete over 2km, 14 and 15 yrs compete over 3km, while 16, 17/18 and 19+ yrs complete the 5km course. View Event Conditions incl. Minimum Entry Qualifying Times. View opportunity to volunteer as Front of House Team Members at the Age Group event.

Swim England Open Water National Masters Championships 2019 will take place on Sunday 1 September 2019, Nene Park, Peterborough. The event has races contested over 1.5km and 3km. Most Masters swimmers often enter both distances. Entry is also open to Scottish, Welsh and international swimmers, while you can also sign up for temporary membership to compete. View opportunity to volunteer as Front of House Team Members at the Masters event.

There are opportunities across the UK to officiate at Open Water events. View details.

The traditional 1 mile Clevedon Long Swim (from Ladye Bay, under England’s only Grade 1 listed pier to the finish on Clevedon Beach) took place on 1 July 2018. View results. Entries sold out within 48 hours of opening on 1 Feb 2018. Entries for the 2019 Long Swim were full by 11 December 2018. 

Development

 

Video: Profile on two-time 10km open water world champion, and an Olympic silver medallist Keri-Anne Payne (now Keri-Anne Carry) recorded when she was a 2012 Olympic hopeful. Taking part in the 10k open water swim, Keri-Anne found herself in possibly one of the most gruelling events in the Games. This film by Myles Desenberg is a story about her journey, aspirations, triumphs and dedication.

For those of you looking to get in to open water swimming or to improve on your swimming we advertised coaching workshops being held at Vobster on 8 September 2018. View details.

We also promoted a 2 day course (26 May 2018 and 2 June 2018) 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 the 2017 course were from Somerset.

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. 


Officials


Video filmed and edited by Colin Hill: Sid Cassidy (USA) explains a few of the rules of the FINA Marathon Swimming World Series races.

Officials neededWe 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! Please register your interest in training to be an open water official which involves a classroom workshop and practical sessions on beach and boat so that we can organise dates and venues for 2019. Three volunteers from Somerset attended the 2017 course as part of their Level 1 training.

View details of upcoming opportunities to officiate at Open Water Swimming Events in the UK in 2019. Please contact the event coordinators to register your interest in assisting at an event.

We also publicised opportunities to officiate at the Swim England National Open Water Festival 2018 held on Sunday 29 July and Monday 30 July 2018 in Rother Valley Country Park, Sheffield.

Coaching

Swim England Open Water Awards are available for ages 8 plus and provide opportunities for teachers and coaches to add variety to their pool sessions, help assess skills and provide structure for induction.

Download resources.

There are two blended British Level 2 Open Water Swimming Coach courses in the South West in 2019. View details.

We also published details of two previous British Open Water Swimming courses (formerly known as ASA Level 2 Open Water Coaching Courses) at Vobster / Trowbridge (Mar 2018 and July 2018). Your help in sharing details of events and courses within your club and networks is appreciated.

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.

Participation

 


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

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