• Introduction to Open Water Swimming
  • Open Water Coaching
  • Sunset on the shore of Derwentwater
  • Open Water Coaching
  • Introduction to Open Water Swimming
  • Open Water Coaching
  • Sunset on the shore of Derwentwater
  • Open Water Coaching
  • Introduction to Open Water Swimming
  • Open Water Coaching
  • Sunset on the shore of Derwentwater
  • Open Water Coaching
  • Introduction to Open Water Swimming
  • Open Water Coaching
  • Sunset on the shore of Derwentwater
  • Open Water Coaching
  • Introduction to Open Water Swimming
  • Open Water Coaching
  • Sunset on the shore of Derwentwater
  • Open Water Coaching

Introduction to Open Water Swimming

Are you a competent pool swimmer who wants to try open water swimming, but you’re a little unsure?

Swim on the Wild Side will assess your swimming, offer professional coaching, and set your mind at rest.

Our courses are held in Derwentwater – perhaps the most idyllic setting in the Cumbrian Lake District. After a short talk about basics, including safety and legal requirements, we’ll dip our toes in the water with a 350m swim along the shoreline. This will allow us to take you through the acclimatisation process and assess your stroke technique.

Before we go any further, we’ll talk you through all aspects of open water swimming – weather conditions, using the right equipment, coping with moisture and learning how to swim in a straight line when there are no tiles to follow! The final distance you choose to swim is dependent on a number of factors, including your comfort and safety.

You will at all times be supervised by Graeme Stton, an experienced Open Water Swimmer who holds the STA Level 2 Open Water Coaching Award and RLSS Level 3 National Water Safety Management Programme Certificate. There will be at all times kayak support.

Duration:
3½ hours (09:30 - 13:00) including talks before and afterwards

Swimming Ability:
Must be able to swim 400m in a pool without stopping

Cost:
£49.00 per person

Dates:
April 28
May 5 & 26
June 2, 9 & 30
July 7, 21 & 28
August 4, 18 & 25

If these dates are not suitable please contact us and we will be only to happy to accommodate your request if at all possible.

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.

LEGENDS OF THE LAKES

LEGENDS OF THE LAKES

Visit some of the Lake District’s most famous beauty spots, and we guarantee you will be seeing them in a completely different way!

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.