Welcome to Open Water Swimming in the North East!

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.

There is also more information on the Swim England and British Swimming websites about open water swimming and competitive open water swimming.

Open Water Events

Below are a list with links to a number of open water events and training facilities with the North East. Please click on them for more information.

If you have an event or a training session that you would like advertised here, please let us know.