Things to consider:

  • Swimming in open water is different to the pool. You will not have the benefit of relying on the break awarded from tumble-turns. Therefore arms will feel the distance travelled in open water swimming more. It is really important to train before the event both in the pool and more importantly in the open water!
  • In the open water swimmers do not have the advantage of lanes and ropes to keep them on course. It is important to practice the technique of sighting to avoid zig-zagging on the course which will tire you out and add to the distance you swim. This skill can be practised in the pool as well as in the open water. It is also important to practise the technique of bilateral breathing as it will help you to swim straighter.
  • The transition from swimming in a pool to swimming in open water can be unnerving for some. It is essential to overcome any fears or concerns before the event. This is best achieved by swimming in open water over a long period of time. Include open water sessions into your training programme for the event.
  • Do your homework before the event, know the layout of the course, and become familiar with large permanent objects that can be used in sighting while swimming.


Training Plans

If you would like to follow a training plan for the 750m swim we have put one together for you here:

750m training plan

If you are aiming for the 2km swim and would like to follow a training plan we have one for you here:

2km training plan

For information on wetsuit choice go to our Race FAQs

3.9km event:

We have not put together a training plan for this event as it is for more experienced swimmers, however there are some really good tips and advice in this training manual from the Outdoor Swimming Society's Dart 10K Swim in the UK.