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Open Water

Open Water

Although most people now think of swimming as the indoor pool programme, competitive swimming has its roots very much in taking to the water outside.

What is an open water event?

Open water races can take place in any large outdoor body of water, such as seas, lakes, rivers, canals and reservoirs.  It's not just about the swimming either. They often have a great social life around them making them a great day or weekend out.  The distance of each event varies from under 1km to 80km, but at major competitive level the typical distances are 5km, 10km and 25km more ...

FAQs for Masters (25+)

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New rules about the use of wetsuits for competitive open water swimming have been introduced from 2017 -  take time to check them out.

All the questions a Masters Open Water swimmer might want to ask are answered in a downloadable leaflet here


2 July 2017: KCASA Open Water Championships

2 July 2017: London Region Open Water Championships  (the KCASA Open Water Championships will be swum as part of this event and Kent swimmers must enter both events even if only wishing to compete in the KCASA Championships)

8 July 2017: Swim South East Open Water Championships (Kent Rural swimmers wishing to qualify for the National Championships must compete in this event.

30-31 July 2017: Swim England Open Water Championships

Development Day

KCASA and TriSwim have collaborated to offer an Open Water training session in June - provisionally 2 June 2018 - for 12 years-Masters.  Full details here.


Open water officials courses and courses leading open water coaching qualifications will be listed here as and when they are arranged.

Open Water Officials' Training

Watch this space!

ASA Level 2 Coaching Open Water Award Courses for 2018

A copy of the award details can be downloaded here and information on this and other Open Water courses can be found here.  Details of other teaching/coaching qualifications plus a range of workshops and seminars are listed on this website

Open water taster session in June 2017

Kent County ASA and TriSwim have collaborated to offer KCASA registered swimmers a reduced price introductory ‘Open Water Competency Development’ session at Chipstead Lake near the M25/M26 on Saturday 17 June from 5.00-7.00pm

The price of £25 includes lake membership, supervised training, parking, amenities and insurance costs and there is no obligation for further visits.

Bookings should be made by contacting TriSwim directly on 01892 671320 on or by emailing info@triswim.org.uk, remembering to quote your Swim England (ASA) Number for the discount.  Visit www.triswim.org.uk for location details and further information about their services.

Karen Crabtree

KCASA Open Water Manager

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