Open water swim training

Event Details

Open water swim training

Time: September 3, 2017 from 8:15am to 9:30am
Location: Shepperton Lake
Street: Ferry Lane
City/Town: Shepperton, Middlesex TW17 9LH
Website or Map: http://www.sheppertonopenwate…
Event Type: training
Organized By: Deborah Lloyd
Latest Activity: Sep 3

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Event Description

Date: 3 September 2017
Venue: Shepperton Swimming lake
Time: 8.15am
Session limit: 14 people
Duration: 2 hours
Cost: £20 - please pay Deborah on arrival

What you will need:

  • Wetsuit (optional as long as the water is warm enough)
  • Windrush Swim hat for identification in the water (get one here here)
  • Goggles
  • Warm clothing post swim
  • Money for tea and cakes (optional)

How to get there:

  • Shepperton is accessible via car, bike or train
  • Comment below to organise a group ride together (Coach Deborah cannot lead this as she will be bringing over all the equipment for the session!)

What the session will cover


  • Principles and practice drafting off one or groups of swimmers
  • What not to do
  • How to receive maximum benefit


  • How to swim in a straight line with no lane ropes and no water visibility
  • Spotting the buoys and sighting off 2 objects
  • Breathing and sighting, the options
  • How to not letting sighting slow you down or interfere with stroke rhythm
  • Points to watch if following the pack

Entry and exit:

  • Race start's from the beach and deep water
  • What to expect in the first 200m
  • How to exit the water
  • Wetsuit removal practice


  • How to efficiently turn around buoys

Race tips:

  • Effective putting on of wetsuit
  • Acclimatisation in water
  • What not to eat
  • Managing nerves
  • Water safety
  • Races in the sea and rivers


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Comment by Alicja Furmanczyk on September 3, 2017 at 13:47
Thanks Colin for leading on the bike - a great early morning ride!
Comment by Colin M on September 2, 2017 at 23:03
No worries Sam. See you tomorrow morning Lizzie & Alicja.
Comment by Sam Blackburn on September 2, 2017 at 22:10
Sorry guys. Think long run has done me in so don't think I'll make it tomorrow. Have fun, Dave said the water was lovely today. S
Comment by Colin M on September 2, 2017 at 21:38

Nice one guys, meet you bright eyed and bushy tailed at the Lido tomorrow morning.

My number is 07912248514 in the event there are any problems.

Comment by Lizzie German on September 2, 2017 at 17:52
Awesome,thanks, lido at 6:20!!
Comment by Sam Blackburn on September 2, 2017 at 17:29
At the mo I'm cycling but will see how my legs feel later (long run today!!). Probably easiest to meet at lido?
Comment by Alicja Furmanczyk on September 2, 2017 at 17:01
Colin - I am cycling too. Where exactly are you meeting at in Herne Hill? I'm vaguely familiar with the route to Kingston then we just follow signage :)
Comment by Sam Blackburn on September 1, 2017 at 23:00
Lizzie it's fine not to have a hat. I'll try and bring a spare if I can. Shall we meet Colin at 6:20 at lido and all cycle together!?
Comment by Lizzie German on September 1, 2017 at 19:29
Also I'm keen to cycle down if you're still planning that Sam?!
Comment by Lizzie German on September 1, 2017 at 19:28
Hi! I don't have a windrush swim hat - I have a very bright pink one though - is that ok for visibility? If I need windrush one, does anyone have a spare I could perhaps borrow? Thanks!!

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