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The Great Swim Local training day will take place on Saturday 3 June and will provide you with the perfect opportunity to train with like-minded swimmers at Alton Water, Ipswich.

The training sessions welcome all abilities and will allow you to go at your own pace in preparation for your upcoming Great East Swim. Returning this year will be our supervised open swim sessions where coaches are on hand for tips and advice while giving you the freedom to practice your new-found skills. Training leaders will be on hand at all times, please choose the session which best suits your ability.

It's time to embrace the wetsuits!

How to enter

Sessions

Introduction to Open Water Swimming
(beginner session)

Session times: 11:00 – 12:00

This session is aimed at those who can swim but have never made the transition from pool to open water.

The hour will cover:

  • Wetsuit advice
  • Combating those open water anxieties and event day nerves
  • Acclimatisation and getting a feel for the water
  • Breathing effectively in the open water
  • Basic open water skills, including sighting and drafting
  • Question and answer session

Price: £24 per person

Introduction to Open Water Swimming (beginner session)

Intermediate Sessions

Session times: 10:00 – 11:00

The session is aimed at those who have experience in open water and would benefit from a little reminder and confidence boost.

This hour will cover:

  • Acclimatisation and getting a feel for water
  • Breathing effectively in open water for maximum performance
  • Open water skills, including sighting, drafting, and turning around buoys
  • Stroke development
  • Mass starts and skills practice around the swim course
  • Exiting the water safely

Price: £24 per person

Intermediate Sessions

Supervised Sessions

Session times: 09:00 - 10:00 & 12:00 - 13:00

This is an open session with the option of receiving advice from our swim coaches who will be on hand for sharing tips and answer to any queries you might have.

Price: £12 per person

Supervised Sessions

Additional Information

Pricing
Introduction & Intermediate (1 hour session) – £24 per person
Supervised Session (45 mins session) - £12 per person

Requirements: swimmers must be aged 12 years and above, wetsuits are compulsory (your own wetsuit)

Timing: Arrive 30 minutes prior to your session, limited changing facilities are available on site

Location: Access to Alton Water will be signed from A14 (exit at junction 56, A137). The entrance to Alton Water is off the B1080 (Holbrook Road) close to the village of Stutton. There will be limited car parking available on site.

Additional information

How to enter

Session 1 - Intermediate Session

£24

Closed

Session 2 - Introductory session

£24

Closed

Session 3 - Supervised session

£12

Closed

Session 4 - Supervised session

£12

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