Give open water swimming a go!

According to,  open water swimming has a long and colourful history dating back as far as 36BC when the Japanese organised the first open water races!  The Romans also held high-profile races in the Tiber which drew huge crowds along the banks to watch and cheer. And Knights in the middle ages reputedly had to swim in full armour as one of their seven required agilities – crazy huh?

More recently in 1986 FINA (the international governing body for swimming) officially added open water swimming to the international competition calendar and in 2008 the International Olympic Committee listed the first ever Olympic 10km marathon swimming race as one of the events for Beijing. Team GB clinched three medals in this event – half the medals on offer – and since that moment the UK has really seen an upsurge in outdoor swimming.

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