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Open Water Swimming Training

Learn the skills you need for open water swimming.


With open water swimming becoming more and more popular, there are lots of people keen to give it a go but they are not sure where to start! We want to encourage more people into the open water so we’ve organised a training day with ucanswim to give you the chance to come along and get some coaching on specific skills and techniques for open water swimming.

Llyn Padarn, in Llanberis, is the ideal venue for an introduction to swimming in open water, providing clear, safe and sheltered water in a beautiful location. We’ll be using Snowdonia Watersports as our base for the day.

Date & time: Sunday 19th May 2019, Morning session: 9am

Location: Snowdonia Watersports/Llyn Padarn, Y Glyn, Llanberis, LL55 4EL

Price: £60 per person  (Limited to a maximum of 12 people)

Includes: 2.5 hour coaching session with theory session, individual feedback on your swimming during the session and a hints and tips sheet to take away with you, a Love SwimRun swim hat, hot drinks & biscuits, changing rooms & lots of fun! You will have an optional kayak supported guided swim in Llyn Padarn at the end of the session to practice all you have learnt.

Schedule & content:

9am: Intro from Chloe, Love SwimRun Organiser.
9.05am: Meet your swim coach Chris Malpass (3k male winner of The Big Welsh Swim in both 2017 and 2018 & proud owner of ucanswim) for a theory session before hitting the lake.
9.10am: Introductions – tell us what you want to achieve during the session!
9.20am: Theory session (classroom based) will include discussion on:

  • Wetsuits
  • Goggles, hats & accessories
  • Safety kit (tow floats etc)
How to swim safely
  • Basic swim stroke improvement
  • How to sight and swim in a straight line (it’s not as easy as it may seem and is really important!)

Approx 10.20am: Practical session:
Throughout the morning we will cover between 1000m to 1500m of swimming with regular breaks (you can get out for a rest at any time!), with an option to venture out to the middle or even across the lake (weather dependent!). The aim of this fun and information packed session is to put the theory into practise and build your confidence in open water. Chris will give you some basic open water swim techniques and inspire you to adventure further. You’ll be given individual feedback on your stroke and some pointers to take away and work on.

12.00 pm: Warm up with a hot drink and biscuits, a review of the session and you can ask questions about any outstanding things you’d like to know.

Kit list: You’ll need to bring the following equipment:

  • Wetsuit (it may be possible to hire from Snowdonia Watersports – please contact them directly about this)
  • Swimming trunks/costume
  • Goggles & bright swim hat (you’ll be given one to keep but you may need more than one if it is cold)
  • Thermal layer/rash vest, neoprene hat, gloves and socks if you think you’ll get cold
  • Flipflops/deck shoes (the slate round the lake can be sharp!)
  • Towel
  • Warm clothes
  • High energy snacks (eating well helps you to keep warm)

Ability level: This course is suitable for complete beginners to open water who are making the transition out of the pool, as well as outdoor swimmers who want to refresh their skills. If you’ve just entered your first swim event, a triathlon or you simply want to enjoy open water swimming for it’s pure enjoyment, then this course is for you. To ensure that you get the most out of this course and to add to your enjoyment of it, please make sure that you can swim continuously for 500m (20 x 25m lengths) in a pool. Swim requirements are intended to give you an idea of what will suit your level of ability and fitness, they are not intended as a reason to exclude, please contact us if you are unsure.

Book Now!

To book onto our limited availability Open Water Swimming course, please get in touch with Chris via email: chris@ucanswim.co.uk or fill in the form below and we’ll be in touch with more details. Please be aware that you are not guaranteed a place on the course until you have paid for your place. Details of how to do this will be sent to you.

Please read the Terms and Conditions below then fill in all the form details fully. Check that you’ve typed your email address correctly! Once you send the form you’ll see a confirmation note on the screen within a few seconds.

Terms and Conditions

Participation terms & conditions
By joining this open water swimming session you do so at your own risk. We will provide water safety cover where required and ask that the equipment listed must be worn for safety reasons.
Each member of the group has a duty of care to the rest of the group but no-one will be expected
to endanger themselves on behalf of another attendee. If you decide to leave the group during the
session you do so at your own risk and neither Love SwimRun / ucanswim any of the coaches employed by Love SwimRun / ucanswim or any of the other attendees can take any responsibility for you. By coming along to a session you declare yourself in good health and fit enough to complete the route described. Please inform us if you have any relevant medical conditions we need to know about. If you ignore any advice given regarding equipment or safety you do so at your own risk. You accept these terms and will hold on-one else accountable for any incident that may occur during the session. Love SwimRun and / or ucanswim reserve the right to cancel the session if they deem the conditions unsafe and the right the refuse a participant if they do not have the correct equipment or they deem them not to be fit enough, able enough or in good health. Photographs and film may be taken during the session. Participants give Love SwimRun and / or ucanswim the right to use pictures and film material taken during the session to be used free of rights in marketing, press material, internet and television.

Booking/payment terms & conditions
By booking on to this course and making payment you agree to these booking terms and conditions:
All Bookings are made subject to availability. Confirmation will be given that a space is available.
Payment in full is required to reserve your place on a course. Until full payment is received the space on the course will remain open to other participants.
Cancellations must be made in writing 28 days prior to the start of the course. In this case a refund of 75% of any monies paid will be offered. We are unable to accept cancellations for any reason if made less than 28 days prior to the start of the course. All cancellations must be made in writing. In the
unlikely event that we have to cancel the course, all participants will be notified as soon as possible and offered either an alternative date or a full refund of any monies paid.
If for any reason you can no longer attend a course you may transfer your place to someone else – you must notify us if this is the case and provide contact details for the new participant.