2015-08-14 OW Training Day Team Photo

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 again for the 2017 season!

2014-06-21 15.26.48Register for our OW team mailing list
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 2017).

This season, we intend to hold two club events:
Open Water Training Day – Sat 17th June
(for SER-OW Entrants only)
Open Water Fun-Day and ‘Club Champs’ – Fri 1st Sept

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:  We continue to build our relationship with the team that run the Nemes Dive Academy & Watersports Centre at Holborough Lake in Snodland, Kent (http://www.nda-scuba.com); they have been very welcoming and enthusiastic and really looked after us the last few years.  And, as they operate scuba training facilities they are well prepared from a safety perspective.

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

Health and Safety: All swimmers will be required to complete a one-off water assessment with the watersports centre staff before they will be allowed to swim for the first time at the lake (for which there is a charge of £15 per swimmer).  This is for health and safety reasons and is compulsory.  The assessment consists of some basic tuition in open water techniques, plus a 200m swim.

open water 3Wetsuits:  The Fina rules regarding swimwear have changed considerably this year; a summary is provided in the table below.  For full details refer to: http://www.fina.org/content/bl-8-swimwear.
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 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 be introduced to open water swimming starting with several short, controlled dips in just swimming costumes.  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 or more serious damage.

Wetsuit solutions:

Hire a Wetsuit (examples):
Season’s hire £70 http://mywetsuithire.co.uk/childrens-zone3-adventure-full-season-hire/
Season’s hire £80 http://www.hireawetsuit.co.uk/

Buy a wetsuit with an annual size upgrade (example):
Huub
‘Atom’: £135 initially and then £55 p/a
https://huubdesign.com/collections/wetsuits/products/huub-atom-junior-triathlon-wetsuit

Buy a wetsuit (examples):
Orca:
Kids open water wetsuit £99
https://www.orca.com/gb-en/wetsuits/kids/openwater/list/
Aquasphere:  Youth open water wetsuit £140
http://www.aquasphereswim.com/uk/index.php/youth/youth-triathlete/youth-triathlete-wetsuits/item/390-rage-2016

Thanet Swim Club – Open Water Training Sessions

OW Training: Sat 17th June 2017

For swimmers who intend to enter Kent / SER / National OW Champs etc.
Held at Nemes Watersports Centre, Holborough Lake, Snodland, Kent
http://www.nda-scuba.com

Open Water Fun-Day & TSC OW Champs: Fri 1st Sept

This is held at Holborough Lake (as above) and is later in the season, when the water is a bit warmer for younger swimmers. We hold distance “Time-Trials” – swim as many times as you want round the 400m circuit (recommended distances below), followed by fun relays and kayaking:
8-9 years:      1 lap = 500m
10-11 yrs:      2 laps = 900m
12-14 yrs:      3 laps = 1300m  /  4 laps = 1700m
15-16 yrs:      5 laps = 2.1km  /  6 laps = 2.5km  /  7 = 2.9km  /  8 laps = 3.3km
17-18 yrs:      8 laps = 3.3km  /  9 laps = 3.7km  /  10 = 4.1km  /  11=4.5km  /  12 = 4.9km

ASA Scheduled Championship Events

Kent Open Water ChampionshipsSunday 2nd July 2017
(in conjunction with London Region OW Champs)

Entries due before 1st June 2017
There are no qualifying times for this event
Anyone with an ASA number can enter (incl Masters swimmers).
Age groups and distances:
1.5km: 12, 13, 14yrs  |  3km: 15, 16yrs  |  5km: 17/18, 19+  |  Masters 3km
Conditions will be published here:
http://www.kentswimming.org/spage-open_water-championships
Venue: Surrey Docks Water Sports Centre, Rope St, Rotherhithe London SE16 7SX
https://www.everyoneactive.com/centre/surrey-docks-water-sports-centre/

South East Region Open Water Championships – Sat 8th July 2017

Entries due before 24th June 2017
There are no qualifying times for this event
Anyone with an ASA number can enter (incl Masters swimmers).
Age groups and distances:
1.5km: 12, 13, 14yrs  |  3km: 15, 16yrs  |  5km: 17/18, 19+  |  Masters 3km
Conditions published here:
http://www.southeastswimming.org/open-water-competitions/
Venue: Chichester Watersports Centre, Westhampnett  http://www.chichesterwatersports.co.uk/index.html

National Open Water Championships – Monday 31st July

Entries due before Friday 30th June (for pool based qualifiers)
National OW entry achieved via 1500m pool QT
or by achieving a top 3 place at the SE Region OW Champs
Age groups and distances:
1.5km: 12, 13, 14yrs  |  3km: 15, 16yrs  |  5km: 17/18, 19+  |  Masters 3km
Conditions published here:
http://www.swimming.org/calendar/all/swim-england-national-open-water-festival-2017/
Venue: Rother Valley, Sheffield  http://www.rvcp.co.uk/Home.aspx

Other OW events that 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 11th June

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:
Men 1500m LC: 14/15 = 17:47, 16/17 = 17:05, 18/19 = 16:43, 20 = 16:21
Women 800m LC: 14/15 = 9:35, 16/17 = 9:30, 18/19 = 9:16, 20 = 9:02
Event website:  http://www.greatrun.org/great-swim/great-north-swim

Henley Mile – Sunday 9th July

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+  |  ½ Mile, Ages 9+  |  Henley Mile, Ages 14+
This is held on the day after SE Region OW Champs
Free Elite entry subject to achieving qualifying times:
Men 15:00m LC: 17:20  |  Women 800m LC: 10:00
Event website:  http://henleyswim.com/events/

2017 Season Highlights (so far)

GB Junior open water training camp, Majorca – May/June Half Term
Invited attendees:  Maisie Macartney

SER open water development camp – Sunday 18 June 2017
Invited attendees:  Maisie Macartney, Lily Jewell and Finn Bates

Six National Open Water Age Group Championship qualifiers
Maisie Macartney
Olivia Miles
Jakob Goodman
Charley Langford
Oscar Miles
Conor Wright

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

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

Three British Open Water Championship competitors
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

Six National Open Water Age Group Championship competitors
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)

Two Welsh National Open Water Championship competitors
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

Eight Regional Open Water Championship competitors
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

Three Great East Swim Competitors (‘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 won 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

2013-07-29 10.43.37 National OW Team

2013-07-20 SER OW (DSC09036)

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