The sun is finally out and the water is warming up!!!!  So that means it’s……OPEN WATER SEASON.

Building on our open water sessions last year we have decided to increase the number of session we hold at Cromhall (because it’s a beautiful water to swim in) and incorporate a trip to the Devon coast. We’ve also included an initial swimming pool session to have some practice at some of the specific skills needed for open water swimming. The goal of our open water program is primarily to give our swimmers the skill and confidence to safely enjoy open water and have some fun. There are also opportunities to enter competitions including our open water club champs. During the open water sessions, swimmers will also work towards the Swim England Open Water Award.

Separate emails have already been sent about the Weston-Super-Mare and Swim England South West events. Please sign up for these following the instructions on the emails already sent.

Swimmers can sign up to as many sessions as they like. Email
Kasia Adamska, who is coordinating the replies – kasia.a@hotmail.co.uk Any general queries, please email Ben Mullen – benjaminmullen@hotmail.com Note, once your entry is received – cost of entry will be billed via Active.

Use of wetsuits / temperature of water

Swim England rules / guidance around wetsuits is based around water temperatures as follows

  • 20oC and above – no wetsuit.
  • 18-19.9 oC – choose to wear a wetsuit or not.
  • 16 to 17.9 oC – wetsuits are compulsory
  • Temperatures below 15.9 oC – no competing and we will risk assess if any swimming can take place.

 

We expect temperatures to be 16 to 20oC.

 

Swimmers will need a wetsuit for the outdoor sessions. These can be purchased or hired. Website links to wetsuits:

https://huubdesign.com/pages/triathlon-wetsuits

http://wetsuithire.co.uk/home

http://www.swimthelakes.co.uk/

http://www.hireawetsuit.co.uk/hire-a-wetsuit

http://www.prowetsuithire.co.uk/index.php/default/

http://mywetsuithire.co.uk/

https://www.triuk.com/index.php

 

Note – if the cost of hiring / buying a wetsuit means the cost for taking part is prohibitive then funding maybe available to support with this.

 

To take part in these sessions, please complete the entry on-line using the active login. Places will be allocated first come, first serve.

 

We ask parents to be in attendance for the outdoor sessions. At Cromhall, there will be a gazebo and we’ll run a BBQ.

For the outdoor sessions, swimmers should wear a swimming hat and swimmers should not wear watches or jewellery. Swimmers need to bring their swimming stuff, a warm change of clothes, two towels, drink and snack. Swimmers may want to wear ear plugs and have an anti-chafe product – e.g. body glide or lanacane.

Helpers needed

For each session we need some volunteers to assist generally encouraging the swimmers and being spotters.

We also need helpers to run the club champ event on Sat 1st July (see below).

Information about our Open Water Club Championship @ Cromhall on Sunday 1st July

Sunday 1st July @ Cromhall, GL12 8AA   Age on 1st July 2018    For swimmers aged 10 and above

 

To take part and offer help at the event, please email Kasia Adamska, who is coordinating the replies – kasia.a@hotmail.co.uk

Any general queries, please email Ben Mullen – benjaminmullen@hotmail.com

 

Cost of entry – £7.

Entries need to be handed in by Monday 25th June although entries will be accepted on a first come first serve basis. We can accept up to 10 boys and 10 girls for each category.

 

Age Categories:

Age 10 – approx. 300m
Arrive – 9.45am
Briefing and water familiarisation – 10am
Start of races – 10.20am

Ages 11-12 – approx. 500m
Arrive – 10.30 am
Briefing and water familiarisation – 10.45am
Start of races – 11.05am

Age 13 and over – Approx. 750m
Arrive – 11.20am
Briefing and water familiarisation – 11.35am
Start of races – 11.55am

All swimmers will receive a certificate of completion. There will be medals for the top three swimmers in each age group and a trophy for the winner in each age group. The medals will be presented on the day and the trophy will be presented at the summer party on Friday 13th July 2018.

 

Use of wetsuits – see Swim England Guidelines.

 

We ask parents to be in attendance for the outdoor sessions. At Cromhall, there will be a gazebo and we’ll run a BBQ. For the outdoor sessions, swimmers should wear a swimming hat and swimmers should not wear watches or jewellery. Swimmers need to bring their swimming stuff, a warm change of clothes, two towels, drink and snack. Swimmers may want to wear ear plugs and have an anti-chafe product – e.g. body glide or lanacane.

Helpers for Club Champs

We require the following helpers before and on the day of the championships. Please indicate if you can help.

  1. Admin support
  2. Act as a timer, and spotter to track each swimmer and count their laps. Note lots of people needed for this. You don’t need to be qualified.
  3. Someone to start the races and judge the finish. You don’t need to be qualified..
  4. General helpers to keep an eye on swimmers’ welfare.
  5. Make nice (nut free) snacks for swimmers to eat after racing!
  6. A photographer.