There has always been a small scene of Open Water swimmers in the UK taking to our lakes, rivers and seas all year round, however with the ever increasing popularity of triathlon and the inclusion of open water swimming in the Olympic Games it is now becoming much more main stream. The benefit of this is more organised venues and many more events. This section details a number of open water challenges and competitions you can take part in. If you are looking for venues for open water training then follow this link:
British Long Distance Swimming Association (BLDSA)
For many years the BLDSA have been organising and supporting long distance and open water swimming events around the UK. An event calendar is available via their website including championship events, affiliated club events as well as a select number of swims further a field.:
In 2008 Nova International promoted the first mass participation swim in the country that took place in Lake Windmere. Due to it's success their event list has grown. There's now a Great Swim at Salford Quays. For more information visit:
British Triathlon Events
You can find some open water swim events listed on the British Triathlon events database. Most of these run along side triathlon events for those that don't fancy the bike and run, however some of them are stand alone competitions.
Each year the ASA holds a National Masters Open Water Swimming Championships. For details see the ASA website: