2015-08-14 OW Training Day Team Photo

(Mar 2018 update)

Introduction:
Thanet Swim Club is not only a pool-based club; we have run an Open Water Club Champs and Open Water Fun-Days since 2012 and our team’s successes have grown year on year.  We’re having so much fun in the open water that we intend to do it all 2014-06-21 15.26.48again for the 2018 season!

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If you are a Thanet Swim Club member and are interested in participating in our two open water training sessions or joining us at planned events this season please e-mail karen@crabtree.com so we can include you in our circulation list for more detailed information as we approach the open water swimming season (from June 2018).

This season, we intend to hold two club events:
Open Water Training Day – Sat 16th June 2018 (for Kent & SER OW Entrants only)
Open Water Fun-Day and ‘Club Champs’ – Fri 31st Aug 2018

As the open water ‘community’ is quite small, but very friendly, we intend to extend invitations to these events to other local clubs with keen age-group open water swimmers.  Parents/carers/coaches are also welcome to participate!

Location:  Due to building works at or usual lake we cannot train there this year, we have made arrangements to train at Leybourne Lake instead.

Coaching:  We do not have an open water coach, but our experienced OW youth swimmers are on hand to give advice both in and out of the water.

Health and Safety: All swimmers will be required to complete a one-off open water induction with the watersports centre’s open water coach before they will be allowed to swim for the first time at the lake (for which there is a charge of £30 per swimmer).  This is for health and safety reasons and is compulsory.  Wetsuits are also compulsory and can be hired at the venue for a fee of approximately £2.50 per hour.

Thanet Swim Club – Open Water Training Sessions

OW TrainingSat 16th June 2018open water 3
For swimmers who intend to enter
Kent / SER / National OW Champs etc.
Held at Leybourne Lake, Snodland, Kent

Open Water Fun-Day & TSC OW Champs – Friday 31st August 2018
This is held at Leybourne Lake, (as above) and is later in the season, when the water is a bit warmer for younger swimmers. Compulsory inductions and wetsuits (as note above).
We hold ‘Nationals’ distance ‘Time-Trials’ (recommended distances below) – or swim as far as you like.  Then we have fun relays (and kayaking and stand-up paddle boarding if available): 
10-11 yrs = 1.5km, 12-13 yrs = 2km, 14-15 yrs = 3km, 16+ yrs: 5km

ASA Scheduled Championship Events

Kent Open Water Championships – Saturday 30th June 2018
(in conjunction with London Region OW Champs)
Club entries due by Tuesday 27th March (This is a ‘first-come-first-served’ event).
There are no qualifying times for this event – anyone with an ASA number can enter (incl Masters swimmers).
Age groups and distances:
2km: 12 and 13yrs  |  3km: 14 and 15yrs  |  5km: 16, 17/18, 19+  |  Masters 2/3/5km
Conditions published here: www.kentswimming.org
Venue: Surrey Docks Water Sports Centre, Rope St, Rotherhithe London SE16 7SX

South East Region Open Water Championships – Saturday 21st July
Entries due before 7th July (first come first served)
There are no qualifying times for this event – anyone with an ASA number can enter (incl Masters swimmers) BUT the Club requires some form of OW training or experience before entering to avoid issues or embarrassment on the day.  Age groups and distances:
2km: 12 and 13yrs  |  3km: 14 and 15yrs  |  5km: 16, 17/18, 19+  |  Masters 3km
Conditions published here: www.southeastswimming.org
Venue: Chichester Watersports Centre, Westhampnett, Chichester

National Open Water Championships – Monday 30th July 2018
Entries for pool based qualifiers due before Noon on Friday 29th June 2018
National OW entry achieved via 1500m pool QT or by achieving a top 3 place at the SE Region OW Championships.
Age groups and distances:
2km: 12 and 13yrs  |  3km: 14 and 15yrs  |  5km: 16, 17/18, 19+  |  Masters 3km
Conditions are published here: Swim England National Open Water Festival
Venue: Rother Valley Country Park, Sheffield

Other OW events our team intend to compete at:

Events that our experienced open water swimmers are considering entering / have already entered are listed below.  If anyone else would like to join us at any of these events, please e-mail karen@crabtree.com.

Great North Swim – Sunday 10th June 2018
For very experienced OW swimmers only this is the qualifying ‘Trials’ event for the European Junior and World Junior OW Champs.
Free Elite entry subject to achieving qualifying times (age at end of year):
Men 1500m LC: 14/15 = 17:36, 16/17 = 17:12, 18/19 = 16:44, 20+ = 16:16
Women 800m LC: 14/15 = 9:35, 16/17 = 9:27, 18/19 = 9:14, 20+ = 9:02
Event website:  http://www.greatrun.org/great-swim/great-north-swim

Other British Swimming / Great Swim events as part of the Elite Race Series include:
Great East Swim, Ipswich – Saturday 23rd June
Great Scottish Swim, Loch Lomond – Saturday 25th August
Winners of this series may be offered the opportunity to attend a British Swimming talent programme.  Please contact Karen Crabtree if you want any further information regarding any of these races.  More details: British Swimming Marathon Challenge

Welsh National Open Water ChampionshipsSunday 8th July
(Clashes with Club Champs sessions 5 & 6:  400IM, 200Fr, 100Br, 50Fly, 100Bk)
A very tough race – only for experienced OW Swimmers.
Please contact Karen Crabtree if you want any further information regarding this race.
More details: Swim Wales Open Water

Henley Mile – Sunday 15th July 2018
A downstream swim in the River Thames at Henley
Bring a picnic and enjoy a whole day of fun family OW swimming
Henley 200m Splash, Ages 8+ £26 |  ½ Mile, Ages 9+  £30|  Henley Mile, Ages 14+ £32
Free ‘Elite’ entry subject to achieving qualifying times:
(2017 times below – 2018 time will be added once known
Men 1500m LC = 17:20.00  |  Women 800m LC = 10:00.00)
Event website:  http://henleyswim.com/events/

Swim Serpentine – Saturday 22nd September
Hyde Park London, in the Serpentine – really fun family day of OW swimming
½ Mile Age 12+ (£25) wetsuits optional
Mile*  Age 16+ (£39) wetsuits optional
2 Mile  Age 16+ (£49) wetsuits optional
*Elite race anticipated – awaiting information from the promoter
Please contact Karen Crabtree if you want any further information regarding this race.
More details: https://www.swimserpentine.co.uk/

Wetsuits: 

The Fina rules regarding swimwear have changed since the 2017 season; a summary is provided in the table below.  For full details refer to: Fina Rules. Because of this we now recommend hiring or purchasing a wetsuit for the season.  Some suggestions are provided further down the page.

Water Temp FINA rule Wetsuit? Other swimwear permitted:
Technical Non-technical
20°
& over
BL 8.4 Non
wetsuit
– Jammers
– Kneesuits
– OW tights
– Full length
OW suits
– Jammers
– Kneesuits
– Swimming               costumes
– ‘Speedos’
18°-19.9°  BL 8.5 Wetsuit
Optional*
17.9°
& below
BL 8.5 Wetsuit
Compulsory*

* Wetsuits must completely cover torso, back, knees and shoulders (t-shirt/polo-shirt style as a minimum), and shall not extend beyond the neck, wrists and ankles.  The outer surface of wetsuits must not include outstanding shapes, such as ridges, fins etc.  Suitability of wetsuits will be subject to approval by the Lead Referee at the event who will have ultimate say.

For reference, our training lake at Holborough is usually around the 18 degree mark in early June and 20 degrees by August.  Windermere in June is typically around 16 degrees.  Chichester lake in July has been consistently over 20 degrees for the last few years, Surrey Docks likewise (with the exception of 2016 when it was 19.5).  The temperature of the Thames at Henley varies dependent on rainfall; it ranges from 16-20 degrees in June / July.

Cold water familiarisation:  As can be seen above, all of these temperatures are considerably different to 27°C of a typical training pool.  Because of this swimmers will require a formal induction at one of our training sessions.  This allows swimmers to familiarise themselves with swimming in colder water and build their tolerance to it by learning how to control their breathing on entry to cold water and learning to recognise the signs of when it’s time to get out because of the cold.  Swimmers also need to get used to swimming in wetsuits as, whilst they provide the benefit of additional buoyancy, they do increase resistance around the shoulder which the swimmer must get used to before trying to race in a wetsuit in order to avoid shoulder strain.

Wetsuit solutions:

Hire a Wetsuit (examples):
Season’s hire £70 www.mywetsuithire.co.uk
Season’s hire £75 www.wrightsport.co.uk
Season’s hire £80 www.hireawetsuit.co.uk

Buy a wetsuit (examples):
Orca:
Kids open water wetsuit £99 www.orca.com
Aquasphere:  Youth open water wetsuit £140 www.aquasphereswim.com
The best adult OW wetsuit we have found is the Orca Alpha, but this is around £550!

 2017 Season Highlights

European Junior Open Water Championships – Marseilles, France, Aug 2017
Maisie Macartney won a BRONZE MEDAL in the 4 x 1.25km Mixed Relay.
She also came 18th in the 5km race for the 15/16 age group.EJOW-17

2017 National Open Water Age Group Championships
Sam Crabtree – Came 4th in the 5km 17/18 age group
Oivia Miles – Came 6th  in the 3km 15-year age group
Charley Langford – Came 6th  in the 1.5km 14-year age group
Lily Jewell – Came 21st in the 3km 15-year age group
Oscar Miles – Came 23rd  in the 1.5km 13-year age group
Conor Wright – Came 35th in the 1.5km 13-year age group

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Sam Crabtree – Gold
Lily Jewell – Silver
Charley Langford – Bronze
Alana Wright 8th
Ben Millington – 8th
Conor Wright 12th
Josh Crabtree – 16th

2017 Kent Open Water Championships
Ben Millington – Gold
Stephanie Panteli – Silver
Lily Jewell – Bronze
Charley Langford – 2nd out of the water (DQ)

2017 GB Junior Open Water Training Camp, Majorca – May/June Half Term
Attended by:  Maisie Macartney

2017 SE Region Open Water development camp – 18 June 2017
Attended by:  Lily Jewell

2016 Open Water Season Highlights

2016-09-09 Maisie Euro Jnr OW  2016-09-05 Nationals Team DSCN1461  2016-09-25j Brit OW Champs Oscar, Sam & Maisie

2016 European Junior Open Water Championships – Piombino, Italy
Maisie Macartney came 15th in the 5km 14/15 year age group

2016 British Open Water Championships
Maisie Macartney – Achieved GOLD in the 14-year age group
Sam Crabtree – Achieved GOLD in the 17/18 age group
Oscar Macartney – Came 4th in the 17/18 age group

2016 National Open Water Age Group Championships
Maisie Macartney – Achieved GOLD in the 3km 15-year age group
Sam Crabtree – Came 5th in the 5km 17/18 age group
Lily Jewell – Came 14th in the 14-year age group
Finn Bates – Came 21st in the 14-year age group
Oscar Miles
– Came 14th in the 12-year age group
Maria Evans
(DQ)

2016 Welsh National Open Water Championships
Sam Crabtree – Achieved Silver in the 17/18 age group
Lily Jewell – Achieved Bronze in the 14-yr A/G and came 4th in the Ladies Open A/G

2016 SE Region Open Water Championships
Sam Crabtree – Came 2nd out of the water in the 17/18 age group (deliberate DNF)
Lily Jewell – Achieved Silver in the 14-year age group
Finn Bates
– Achieved Bronze in the 14-year age group
Nicole PJ – Came 7th in the 13-year age group
Stephanie Panteli – Came 5th in the 12-year age group
Josh Crabtree – Came 7th in the 12-year age group
Ollie Bates
– Came 11th in the 12-year age group
Charlie Panteli
– Came 8th in the 11/u age group

2016 Great East Swim (‘Euro Jnr and World Open Water Trials’)
Maisie Macartney – Came 12th in the Womens’ Elite Race
Sam Crabtree
– Came 12th in the Mens’ Elite Race
Oscar Macartney – DNF

Other Highlights:
Sam CrabtreeWon the London Dock2Dock 10 km race, set the course record (May)
Sam CrabtreeWon the Henley Thames Marathon 14km, set a new course record (Aug)
Sam Crabtree
– Achieved Silver in the Henley Classic Mens’ Elite race (26th June)
Sam Crabtree – Achieved Silver in the Henley Mile Mens’ Elite race (10th July)
Josh Crabtree – Came 5th in the Henley Half Mile 9-13 age group  (10th July)

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2015 Open Water Season Highlights

Five Regional Open Water Championship competitors
Lily Jewell – Achieved Gold in the 1.5km 13 year age group and Bronze in the Open A/G
Sam Crabtree
– Achieved Silver in the 3km 16 year age group
Taine Carrick – Came 4th in the 1.5km 14 year age group
Nicole PJ – Came 4th in the 1.5km 14 year age group
Freddie Sutton – Came 6th in the 1.5km 12 year age group

Other Highlights:
James Broughton (swim dad) – Swam the English Channel in a time of 16hrs 53 mins!
Sam Crabtree – Achieved Silver in the Henley Mile Mens’ Elite race
Sam Crabtree – Came 6th in the Henley Classic Mens’ Elite race
Josh Crabtree – Came 11th in the Henley Half Mile 9-13 age group whilst only 11!

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2014 Open Water Highlights

One National Open Water Age Group Championship competitor
Sam Crabtree – Came 8th in the 14-year Age Group after an unfortunate series of events!

Three Regional Open Water Championship competitors
Sam Crabtree – Achieved Gold in the 1.5km 14-year age group
Taine Carrick – Achieved Bronze in the 1.5km 13-year age group
Sammy Allen – Came 4th in the 1.5km 14-year age group

Other Highlights:
Sam Crabtree – Won the Human Race 5km race

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2013 Open Water Highlights

Three National Open Water Age Group Championship competitors
Sam Crabtree – Came 5th in the 13-year age group
Oscar Macartney – Came 8th in the 13-year age group
Taine Carrick – Came 6th in the 12-year age group

Four Regional Open Water Championship competitors
Lou Gates – Achieved Gold in the Ladies 1.5km Open Water swim
Josh Dunk – Came 4th in the 2km 15/16 ‘Youth’ Category
Sam Crabtree – Achieved Gold  the 1.5km 13-year age group
Taine Carrick – Achieved Gold the 1.5km 12-year age group

Three Kent Open Water Championship competitors
Josh Dunk – Achieved Gold in the Kent County and London Region 2km ‘Open’ 15/16 A/G
Sam Crabtree – Came 2nd in the Kent County and London Region 1.5km ‘Open’ 14-yr A/G
Taine Carrick – Achieved Gold  the Kent County and London Region 1.5km 12-yr A/G

2013-07-20 SER OW (DSC09036)

 

2013-07-29 10.43.37 National OW Team

2012 National Open Water Championships

Kelly Henson 17th 17/18 a/g

2011 National Open Water Championships

Harry Bradford 1.5km SILVER 12 yrs a/g
Ben Evans 1.5km BRONZE 13 yrs a/g
Kelly Henson 2km 8th Open

2010 National Open Water Championships

Ben Evans 1.5km SILVER 12 yrs a/g
Kelly Henson
2km 6th Open
Libby Henson 2km 15th Open

 


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