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1-2-1 & Group Open Water Sea Swim Courses and Clinics

Intro to Open water Sea Swimming Clinics at Hayling Island Beach


  1. Intro to open water swimming in the sea

  2. Level 1 Open Water Swim course

  3. Level 2 Open Water Swim course

  4. Level 3 Open Water Swim course

Selected Saturday mornings in August and September 2023

Introduction to Open Water Swimming course Level 1 and 2

If you are new to open water swimming or racing your first triathlon or open water swim event, join us at Quay Swim Mychett Lake for an introduction to open water.


We appreciate that open water swimming can be a daunting experience for newcomers and even experienced pool swimmers.

These will be small groups of a maximum of 12 equally paced and similar ability level swimmers. 


Our qualified coaching team are dedicated to supporting those new to open-water swimming to ensure we create a safe and enjoyable environment.


We have two coached stages on offer and encourage anyone new to open water to at least attend stage 1 (£40) – novice intro to open water. Stage 2 will extend your knowledge and allow you to gain further open-water experience in a controlled and supportive environment.

We will help you to build your stamina and endurance to swim further with better technique and less effort. Numbers will be limited for all coached sessions within this series to ensure quality coaching time is dedicated to each participant.


Stages 1-2 can be purchased as a package for £60


To book the complete course, click here.


What's Included in Open Water Sea Swim Coaching?

In each open water session we'll take you through a progressive range of skills, drills and techniques to help you:

  • Pacing for Open Water Swim Racing – Sprinting and threshold efforts

  • Top Tips and techniques for sea swimming

  • Paceline drafting techniques and practice

  • Sighting and navigation in swell

  • Learning and understanding how to deal with tides, currents and drifting

  • Safety in open water especially rivers and the sea

  • Wading and dolphining techniques for a fast sea swim entry

  • Transition T1 - preparation, the layout of transition, kit list and wet suit


  • Mass starts types and practice

  • Beach starts and exits

  • Sighting and navigation in lakes, rivers and the sea

  • Drafting off the feet and hips to gain up to 25% time savings

  • Close proximity swimming for race practice in a controlled safe environment

  • Effective methods for navigating and turning around swim buoys

  • Acclimatisation and entry methods into the water colder i.e below 16 degrees

  • Methods to teach you how to relax and stay calm and build confidence in open water


Sea Swimming Skills Sessions


  • Sighting in swell

  • Dealing with currents

  • Swimming through surf

  • Drafting

  • Drifting

  • Beach starts

  • Goggle selection

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