• Sunset at Ashness Bridge on Derwentwater
  • Swimmers in Derwentwater
  • Buttermere
  • Sunset on the shore of Derwentwater
  • Coniston
  • Group of swimmers
  • Wastwater
  • Open Water Coaching
  • Ullswater
  • Open Water Coaching
  • Windermere
  • Sunset at Ashness Bridge on Derwentwater
  • Swimmers in Derwentwater
  • Buttermere
  • Sunset on the shore of Derwentwater
  • Coniston
  • Group of swimmers
  • Wastwater
  • Open Water Coaching
  • Ullswater
  • Open Water Coaching
  • Windermere
  • Sunset at Ashness Bridge on Derwentwater
  • Swimmers in Derwentwater
  • Buttermere
  • Sunset on the shore of Derwentwater
  • Coniston
  • Group of swimmers
  • Wastwater
  • Open Water Coaching
  • Ullswater
  • Open Water Coaching
  • Windermere
  • Sunset at Ashness Bridge on Derwentwater
  • Swimmers in Derwentwater
  • Buttermere
  • Sunset on the shore of Derwentwater
  • Coniston
  • Group of swimmers
  • Wastwater
  • Open Water Coaching
  • Ullswater
  • Open Water Coaching
  • Windermere
  • Sunset at Ashness Bridge on Derwentwater
  • Swimmers in Derwentwater
  • Buttermere
  • Sunset on the shore of Derwentwater
  • Coniston
  • Group of swimmers
  • Wastwater
  • Open Water Coaching
  • Ullswater
  • Open Water Coaching
  • Windermere

Is your swimming pool a chlorinated box, filled with too many mixed ability swimmers?

Why not join us and take a Swim on the Wild Side!

NO lane ropes, NO tumble turns, NO chlorine
Just space, water, the company of like-minded swimmers and sometimes the wave machine is switched on!

Swim on the Wild Side is the Lake District's only swimming holiday operator offering fully coached activities with a qualified and experienced swim coach.

Take the plunge and swim where the wild things are…

GREAT LAKES SWIM TOURS

GREAT LAKES SWIM TOURS

Once a month during the summer we spend the weekend swimming in five of Cumbria’s outstandingly beautiful lakes.
These tours have something for everyone, all ages and abilities.

THE BREXIT CHALLENGE

THE BREXIT CHALLENGE

4km in 4 lakes in 4 countries in 1 day - Possibly the most strenuous challenge in Europe!

GUIDED SWIM TOURS

GUIDED SWIM TOURS

Your wishes + our knowledge = a very special swim tour tailored to your abilities.
Each itinerary is planned with you in mind, to ensure you get the very best from the experience.

INTRODUCTION TO OPEN WATER

INTRODUCTION TO OPEN WATER

Don't stay CHLORINATED
Get ENDORPHINATED!

If you’ve never had the chance to venture out into open water, this is the course for you.
And you will never look back…

BEACH BARBECUE SWIM

BEACH BARBECUE SWIM

What could be finer?
Join us for a swim round the islands, then chill out with your friends and family as we strike up the BBQ and watch the sun set over the mountains.

DAWN CHORUS

DAWN CHORUS

Starting at sunrise, this swim tour will take in the peaceful waters of Derwentwater, where afterwards there will be a welcome hot drink and breakfast waiting for you on the shores.

FULL MOON SWIM

FULL MOON SWIM

Why not spend the evening swimming under the Full Moon in Derwentwater, followed with a relaxed barbecue on the shores afterwards?

ISLAND HOPPING

ISLAND HOPPING

Gentle swimming amongst Derwentwater’s many islands, followed by a fantastic fish supper in Keswick!

MILLICAN DALTON'S WAY

MILLICAN DALTON'S WAY

After taking the launch to the bottom of Derwentwater and swimming ‘The Professor of Adventure's’ course back up the middle of the lake to Keswick.

WORDSWORTH'S DAFFODILS

WORDSWORTH'S DAFFODILS

William Wordsworth 'wandered, lonely as a cloud' along the banks of Ullswater, and you too can enjoy the magnificent display of daffodils in Glencoyne Bay in early spring.

LAUGHING GNOMES

LAUGHING GNOMES

Absolutely nothing to do with David Bowie's 'classic' song, but rather the depths of Wastwater, where the truth is stranger than fiction.

OPEN WATER COACHING

OPEN WATER COACHING

This can be anything from a one off session while you're on holiday in the Lake District to a more of a structured course to help transform your stroke over a period of time.

Swim on the Wild Side is the Lake District's only swimming holiday operator offering fully coached activities with a qualified and experienced coach.

All of our swims are fully risk assessed, insured and we abide by the strict environmental rules laid down by the Lake District National Park, following the 'Ditch the Hitchers' campaign.

Want to make a booking? We’ll be happy to devise a schedule to fit your plans where possible just click here to visit our calendar.

Need more information? Dive into our Any Questions page here.