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Don’t swim until you’ve done this!

You wouldn’t go caving, climbing or scuba diving without a lesson or guide, would you? Well, cold water swimming is also an extreme sport and we want everyone to learn to do it safely.

With so many mental and physical health benefits, it’s no wonder so many people have started swimming outdoors in 2020. Here at Clevedon Marine Lake, we’ve seen a huge number of new cold water swimmers. But, with lockdown stopping groups from meeting, lots of new swimmers are missing out on learning how to swim safely in winter temperatures.

Now, there is help at hand from NOWCA (National Open Water Coaching Association). This free course will help you learn how to make the most of your cold water swims. It takes just 20 mins and you can do it online.

We love seeing so many happy faces at the lake. We urge you to do this short course so that you can get maximum benefits with minimum risk.

Learn to swim outdoors

As some pools start to reopen, many swimmers are still choosing to swim outdoors. But swimming in open water is different from swimming in a pool. Luckily, we have experienced open water swimming coaches at the marine lake. These coaches can help with everything from learning to swim front crawl and confidence in open water, to triathlon training and swimming performance.

Why choose a coach?

Swimming coaches aren’t just for elite swimmers. Choosing to be coached can give you confidence, help your technique and help you adapt to open water. You might be training for an event or challenge, or you might want to feel safer and more relaxed when you swim.

Working with a coach is different from having swimming lessons. It’s a two-way experience, which means that you and your swimming coach will work together to reach your goals.

You may never have swum front crawl before and want to learn. Or, you might be a decent swimmer but find that you’re getting out of breath when you swim, front crawl makes you exhausted, or you don’t know how to look where you’re going (sight). Whatever you want to achieve, working with a coach is fun and rewarding.

Who are our open water swimming coaches?

Open water coaches at the marine lake this summer are:

Other registered coaches are:

Become a registered coach

If you’re an open water swimming coach, or coach any kind of watersports, and you want to use the lake, you must register first. To register, please email info@clevedonmarinelake.co.uk

Marine Lake Swimmers

All hail the early bathers
Swimwear on before the dawn
Then entering the water
As autumn day is born
Mirrored surface broken
As cross the lake they power
Immune they to the coldness
At this the waking hour
They say it’s warmer in there
Than standing on the brink
But some are made for swimming
While others merely sink.

PETER GIBBS, September 2017