With lakes, lynns and lochs of all shapes and sizes in Great Britain, open water swimming scoffs at lane ropes and pool walls – it knows no boundaries. Open water swimming is the perfect way to take swimming in a new direction.
Marathon swimming rose to significance after the International Olympic Committee listed a 10km race as one of the events for the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games.
Marathon races can take place in any large outdoor body of water: seas, lakes, rivers, canals, reservoirs. The distance of each event varies from 1km to 80km, but at major competitive level, the typical distances are 5km, 10km and 25km.
View the latest Open Water Swimming news stories in the carousel above or in the latest news story section. You can also use the drop down menu above to find more information about open water events and results in the North East. There is also more information on the ASA website about open water swimming and competitive open water swimming.