Open-water swimming has exploded in popularity over the past few years, with its inclusion in the Summer Olympics serving to seal the deal. More and more people are taking to the open-water for training and events, whether they’re neoprene-clad triathletes or open-water swimmers getting ready for BLDSA-type swims.
With that in mind, I thought I’d pull together a list of open-water swimming training venues around the country. I’ve avoided putting any unofficial or unmanned sessions in this list, in the interests of swimmer safety. Thanks to everyone on Twitter who responded to my call for venues! If I’m missing any – as I’m almost certain I am – please let me know.
Where’s your favourite training venue? I love hearing about where people swim. Hit me up in the comments. In the meantime, get out there and enjoy! 🙂
Open-water swimming training venues
sea sessions, Teignmouth
Cotswold Water Park (Lake 16 and 32), near Swindon and Cirencester
Lakeside Multisports, Eastleigh
Redrick Lake, Harlow/Sawbridgeworth
Bosworth Water Trust, Market Bosworth
National Watersports Centre, Holme Pierrepont
The Mere, Ellesmere
Manor Park Sailing Club, Kings Bromley
Otley Sailing Club Lake, Otley
Top Barn Activity Centre, Worcester