Open Water Development Plans

Information on Open Water development plans.

ASA South West Region open water swimming residential development course from 3 to 5 June 2011 at Weymouth.

ASA South West Region open water officials residential training course - 4/5 June 2011 at Weymouth.

Could you emulate the success of Cassie Patten, Keri-Anne Payne and David Davies?

Swimfit Open Water Checklist
Swimfit's Open Water Checklist

British Swimming Open Water Officials Training Course Level 1 and 2

2/3 June 2012 - Bradley Stoke, Bristol

Email for further information on this course.

Click to download a list of 2012 Course dates for volunteers who wish to train to become Open Water Swimming Officials

Create your own Big Splash Thames challenge

Download Big Splash poster below to display at your pool

Challenge yourself to swim the distance of the Thames.

Log your swims and track your progress for free at

Sport Relief Challenges - Walliams vs The Thames


Watch David's progress below.

Little Britain star and swimming supremo David Walliams is set for his biggest challenge yet Ė to swim 140 miles of the Thames for Sport Relief.

The challenge is part of the UKís largest swimming campaign, the Big Splash, and will see the 40-year old swim from Lechdale in Gloucestershire to Big Ben in London.

Raising money for Sport Relief, Walliams will start his swim on 5th September and hopes to complete the marathon effort in just eight days.

England Talent Develoment Programme - Age and Youth Selection Policies 2011-12 season

Click to download and unzip the file for selection policies for the 2011-12 season

  • Southern Region Open Water Distance Freestyle
  • Level 2 Southern Youth
  • Level 1 South West Region Age

ASA South West Open Water Swimming Development Plan 2011 - 2012

Download file for details of how Region intends to

  1. Run Competition Programmes - Regional and County
  2. Develop Talent
  3. Develop Officials
  4. Train Team Managers
  5. Encourage Coach / teacher development
  6. Encourage Swim 21 Club open water sections
  7. Link with other organisations and mass participation events

Payne determined to improve ahead of Shanghai

Keri-anne Payne insists she has no intention of resting on her laurels ahead of the World Championships in Shanghai this summer.

The Olympic silver medallist has been in the form of her life this season, smashing four personal bests and clocking a British record at the British Gas Championships in March before sealing her spot in the open water race in China with victory in the LEN Open Water Cup in Eilat, Israel this month.

Her victory in Israel was particularly impressive, as she led from the start on the way to a new 10km personal best of 1:52.12 hours.

Open Water Swimming development June 2011

Would you like to hone your skills in the increasingly popular discipline of open water swimming? Do you enjoy distance freestyle events in the pool? Swimmers aged 12 to 22 years have until 21 May 2011 to apply to join the West's distance swimmers in an Introduction to Open Water Swimming and Sea Training 2011 run by ASA SW region in Weymouth (residential course from 3 to 5 June 2011)

There is also a Training Course for Open Water Swimming Officials (residential course 4/5 June 2011) where beginners and advanced will be most welcome. Classroom, pool and boat work is included. Applications for this course close 21 May 2011.

View interview below with Les Debenham for more details (3m 25s flashplayer required)

Interview with Les Debenham

Les Debenham is keen to ensure the sport of open water swimming has sufficient officials to satisfy the tremendous enthusiasm and increase in events generated by London 2012 and British success in the Beijing Olympics 2008.

We asked Les what is happening nationally in this interview recorded on Day 1 of the Youth Championships 2011 .

View interview (3m 05s flashplayer required)

Recruiting British Swimming Open Water Swimming Officials

Do you want to officiate at events in the open air, rather than being cooped up in a steamy swimming pool? You can enjoy the benefits of sun, sea and sand whilst judging a swimming event! (Warning: Sunshine is not guaranteed, it can rain and it is not always warm, but fresh air is always present!)

Open Water swimming is a fast developing discipline within our sport. The growing number of mass participation events is encouraging both pool swimmers and new participants into the water. In order to oversee the management of competitions the ASA Technical Swimming Committee is seeking to increase the number of Open Water Swimming Technical Officials.

Steps are being taken to integrate Open Water officials into the Regional structure of Swimming Officials training and development whilst increasing the number of Open Water Officials. An initial step is to circulate the attached flyer as widely as possible within swimming. The pool County Championships competition period seems an ideal opportunity to publicise Open Water swimming and officiating. A number of pool officials have over a period of time expressed an interest in training for Open water events Ė the real level of interest is not known but hopefully considerable.

In order for us to tap into that unknown reserve of interest please circulate the flyer below as widely as possible within your swimming networks.

An Introduction to Open Water Swimming and Sea Training 2011

3 to 5 June 2011 - Sea Cadet Training Centre, Weymouth

ASA SW Region Open Water Swimming Committee are organising this residential course for ages 12 to 22 years. Swimmers need to have some distance swimming ability

Cost: £40.00

Details from Brian Bewley, Kewstoke House, 5, Kewstoke Road, Kewstoke, Weston-super-Mare Somerset BS22 9YD (Tel/Fax: 01934 624129)

Course places may be limited in number. Download and unzip file for course application form and advert for Notice Board.

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