Let's swim outdoors

Why swim outdoors, and what sessions can you book?

Outdoor swimming is also called open water or wild swimming. This means swimming in a natural or human-made body of water that's open to the elements, unheated and untreated with chemicals. It can be a lake, sea, tidal pool, river, stream, tarn or loch.


Wild swimming is a hot topic right now, but people have been dipping in wild water for millennia. Why? Because of the long list of benefits for your health and wellbeing.

It might not be new, but the recent increase in outdoor swimming means more research into why it’s so good for us. The benefits are multiple. You’ll:

  • work with your fight-or-flight response to help your body get better at dealing with stress

  • take yourself out of your comfort zone

  • enjoy being in nature

  • bond with fellow swimmers

  • support your immune system

  • reduce inflammation

  • exercise all your body systems

  • exercise your brain

  • give your self-esteem a massive boost.

Nothing beats joining a like-minded group or taking one-to-one coaching with an open water and wellbeing coach. You’ll learn about the benefits of swimming outdoors and how to do it safely, from planning your swims, reading different bodies of water and warming up afterwards. You'll learn smoother, stress-free technique. You can get fitter, happier and achieve something amazing.

It's also a great leveller. You don't have to be an athlete to enjoy the benefits of swimming outdoors. Young, old, big, small, able-bodied or disabled, it really is an activity for all.

Have a look at the sessions that you can book.


Great swim coach! Enthusiastic, knowledgable and knows how to tailor the session to your needs. Within an hour Row had given me loads to work on and within a week of putting it into practice I'm well on the way to being a competent sea swimmer.


Thanks for a fantastic coaching session Row. I'm now working on all that you taught me and gradually building on it to do more front crawl.

It has been over 20 years since I did this much crawl and you've helped me feel confident to get this far and improve my breathing massively.


Amazing! I'd totally recommend Row - I needed help with front crawl & could only flap about for 10 mtrs & can now complete a mile! Row helped me so much in just one 1:1 coaching session and I'm totally enjoying my swimming so much more.


Had my first open water coaching session at Clevedon Marine Lake with Row today. What a woman! Inspiring, positive, encouraging, informative and refreshingly ‘normal’ for want of a better word. Can’t wait for the next session.