Open water swimming

Dates have just been announced for the South-East Open Water Championships. Anyone who’s been enjoying Darren’s distance sessions on a Wednesday, or has a hankering to swim longer races, will find this a good event.

The event is on Saturday 8 July at the Chichester Watersports Centre, Westhampnett. Details and an entry form can be found here:

Distances are 1500m, 3000m and 5000m. Any swimmer can enter any distance; the only criteria are that for the 1500m you must be at least 12 by the end of this year, and for the 3000m and 5000m you must be at least 13 by the end of the year.

(For swimmers interested in qualifying for the open-water nationals, the 1500m is a qualifier for 12-, 13- and 14-year olds. For 15- and 16-year-olds, it’s the 3000m, and for 17+ it’s the 5000m.)

There are also details of a few other local open-water races, including the Southsea Pier-to-Pier race (also recommended), on the ASA site here:


About Paul Mason

Back when the Cold War was hot and Gloria Estefan just couldn't stop that salsa beat, Paul was national junior breaststroke champion and record holder. These days, he's a Masters swimmer and coach at Chichester Cormorants. Also author of 'Swim Better, Swim Faster' (Bloomsbury 2014) and 'Swimming for Triathlon and Open Water' (Bloomsbury 2017), plus a bunch of children's books.
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One Response to Open water swimming

  1. ccsclub says:

    Clashes with the Chichester Junior triathlon and Aquathon which is a bit silly!!

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