2015-08-14 OW Training Day Team Photo

(August 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 so we can include you in our circulation list for more detailed information as we approach the open water swimming season (commencing early June 2019).

For the 2018 summer 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.  Thanet Parents/carers/coaches are also welcome to participate!

Location:  Due to building works at our usual lake (Holborough Lakes) we cannot train there over the summer of 2018.  We have made alternative arrangements as per event details below.  We hope to be back at Holborough for the 2019 season.

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 & Safety: All swimmers will be required to complete a one-off open water induction before they will be allowed to swim for the first time at the lake (for which there is a charge of £30 per swimmer at Leybourne and £15 per swimmer at Holborough).  This is for health and safety reasons and is compulsory.  Wetsuits are compulsory at Leybourne, and can be hired at the venue for a fee of approx. £2.50 p/h.

Thanet Swim Club – Open Water Training Sessions

Open Water Fun-Day & TSC OW Champs – Friday 31st August 2018

2017-09-01 TSC OW Champs (Squad)This will be held at Action Watersports at Lydd near Dungeness. This is later in the season, when the water is a bit warmer for younger swimmers. We will hold ‘Nationals’ distance ‘Time-Trials’ (recommended distances below) – or swim as far as you like.  Then we have fun relays, followed by kayaking and stand-up paddle boarding and a ‘bring your own’ BBQ until 5pm.
Time trial age groups and distances:

10-11 yrs = 1.5km, 12-13 yrs = 2km, 14-15 yrs = 3km, 16+ yrs: 5km

2019 Season OW Training Session (provisionally Saturday 1st June 2019)
For swimmers who intend to enter Kent / SER / National OW Champs etc.  We hope to return to Holborough Lakes with Nemes Diving for 2019 training, but if not, it will be held at either or Leybourne Lake, Snodland or at Action Watersports near Lydd.

ASA Scheduled Championship Events 2019

Kent Open Water Championships (late June 2019)
(in conjunction with London Region OW Champs)
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 are anticipated to be:
2km: 12 & 13yrs  |  3km: 14 & 15yrs  |  5km: 16, 17/18, 19+  |  Masters 2/3/5km
(Conditions from 2018 published here: www.kentswimming.org )
Venue: Surrey Docks Water Sports Centre, Rope St, Rotherhithe London SE16 7SX

South East Region Open Water Championships (mid July 2019)
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 are anticipated to be:
2km: 12 and 13yrs  |  3km: 14 and 15yrs  |  5km: 16, 17/18, 19+  |  Masters 3km
(Conditions from 2018 published here: www.southeastswimming.org )
Venue: Chichester Watersports Centre, Westhampnett, Chichester

National Open Water Championships – Early August 2019
National OW entry achieved via 1500m pool QT (competition conditions not published until Feb 2019) or by achieving a top 3 place at the SE Region OW Championships.  Age groups and distances are anticipated to be:
2km: 12 and 13yrs  |  3km: 14 and 15yrs  |  5km: 16, 17/18, 19+  |  Masters 3km
(Conditions from 2018 published here: Swim England National Open Water Festival )
Venue: Rother Valley Country Park, Sheffield

Other OW events our team intend to compete at in 2018/19:

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.

Great Scottish Swim, Loch Lomond – Saturday 25th August 2018
Winners of this series may be offered the opportunity to attend a British Swimming talent programme.  More details: British Swimming Marathon Challenge

Great North Swim (anticipated Mid-June 2019)
For very experienced OW swimmers only this is the qualifying ‘Trials’ event for the European Junior Open Water Championships.
In 2018 the elite entry qualifying times were (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

Great East Swim, Ipswich  (anticipated Late June 2019)

Welsh National Open Water Championships (anticipated Early July 2019)
A very tough race – only for experienced OW Swimmers.

More details: Swim Wales Open Water

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!

2018 Open Water Season Highlights

WORLD Junior Open Water Championships – Eilat, Israel 6-8 Sept 20182018-07-17 13.12.05
Congratulations to Maisie Macartney on being selected for the GB Junior team going to the WORLD Junior Open Water Championships in Eilat, Israel 6-8 Sept 2018.

 

European Junior Open Water Championships – Malta 12-15th July 2018
Congratulations to Maisie Macartney on her races at the European Junior Open Water Championships in Malta over the 12-15th July.  Maisie raced in the 7.5km race.  This was a particularly guelling race, she had to battle through multiple jelly fish stings to the face to maintain a place in the leading pack, then with only 800m to go she was subject to a fierce kick in the head which resulted in a brave 10th place finish.  Maisie was also scheduled to swim in the 19/U mixed relay, but the race was cancelled due to high winds causing unsafe racing conditions.  This is Maisie’s 3rd consecutive summer racing with the GB junior open water team!

2018 National Open Water Championships
This year we had our biggest ever team of eight swimmers competing at the National Open Water Championships.  2018-07-30 Nat'l OW SQUAD (IMG_7538)
In the 5km race, Maisie Macartney won GOLD, Oscar Macartney came 7th and Lily Jewell came 14th. In the 3km race, Maddy Lay came 13th and Ben Millington finished 17th.  In the 2km race, WilliamReeves came 13th, Alana Wright placed 15th, and Ollie Pope finished in 32nd place.

2018 South East Region Open Water Championships
Our biggest ever team of 12 swimmers competed at the SER Open Water Championships on Saturday 21st July.  2018-07-21 11.18.18
In the 5km race Oscar Macartney was the overall winner, Lily Jewell won her age group and came 3rd overall.  In the 2km race Alana Wright came 2nd.  In the 3km  race Ben Millington came 2nd and Maddy Lay came 3rd. All 5 podium places have now been invited to the National Open Water Championships! The rest of the team also had brilliant swims: Evie Slater came 5th (in her first ever OW race!), Nicole Palmer-Jones 6th, Ollie Pope 8th, Stephanie Panteli 11th and Grace Cummings 11th.

2018 Kent Open Water Championships – Saturday 30th June 2018
We had 11 competitors, which was our biggest ever team and they brought home a significant collection of medals including 9 Kent podium places:
2018-06-30 10.37.40Maddy 3k GOLD and 3rd 14y/o overall
Alana
 2k GOLD and 3rd 13y/o overall
Grace 2km SILVER and 4th 12y/o overall
William
 2k SILVER and 4th 12y/o overall
Ben
 3k SILVER and 4th 14y/o overall
Steph
 3k SILVER and 6th 14y/o overall
Nicole
 3k SILVER and 11th 15y/o overall
Lily
 5k BRONZE and 3rd 16 y/o overall
Ollie
 2k BRONZE and 9th 12y/o overall2018-06-16 TSC OW Training Team (A)

Thanet OW Training Session Leybourne Lakes Sat 16th June 2018
We had a team of 11 swimmers
(including 2 swim parents)
attend our OW training day at Leybourne Lake

2018 Great North and Great East Swim – June 2018
Maisie Macartney competed at the Great North Swim on Sat 10th June.  Maisie won the Junior Women’s Elite category and was the third female overall.
Maisie and Oscar Macartney also competed at the Great East Swim on Sat 23rd June.  Maisie was the overall winner of the Womens’ Elite race and Oscar won the Mens’ Open 2-mile race.

GB Open Water Camp at ‘BestFest’ – 26 May to 2nd June 2018
2018-05-31-14-02-25-e1528362473642.jpgMaisie Macartney was invited by British Swimming to participate in their training camp which was held at the Best Fest open water festival in Mallorca over the May half-term. Maisie won medals in all three junior races taking Silver in the 1.5k, Gold in the 5k and Silver in the 7km race!

2017 Open Water 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
Ben Millington – 8th in the 1.5km 13-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

N-OW-17

2017 SE Region Open Water Championships
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Sam Crabtree – Gold
Lily Jewell – Silver
Charley Langford – Bronze
Alana Wright 8th
Ben Millington – 6th
Conor Wright 12th
Josh Crabtree – 16th

2018-06-16 Maisie Kent OW Trophies2017 Kent ASA Open Water Championships
Ben Millington – Gold
Stephanie Panteli – Silver
Lily Jewell – Bronze
Charley Langford – 2nd out of the water (DQ)
Also, Congratulations to Maisie Macartney on being awarded the Kent County ASA Open Water ‘Swimmer of the Year’ award at their annual award ceremony on the 16th June 2018.

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 Macartney12th in the Womens’ Elite Race
Sam Crabtree
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
Silver in the Henley Classic Mens’ Elite race (26th June)
Sam CrabtreeSilver in the Henley Mile Mens’ Elite race (10th July)
Josh Crabtree5th in the Henley Half Mile 9-13 age group  (10th July)

2016-07-09-11-06-03.jpg  2016-07-02-sam-lily-welsh-national-ow-5km-2nd-17-18-e1491387075462.jpg

2015 Open Water Season Highlights

Five Regional Open Water Championship competitors
Lily JewellGold in the 1.5km 13 year age group and Bronze in the Open A/G
Sam Crabtree
Silver in the 3km 16 year age group
Taine Carrick4th in the 1.5km 14 year age group
Nicole PJ4th in the 1.5km 14 year age group
Freddie Sutton6th 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 CrabtreeSilver in the Henley Mile Mens’ Elite race
Sam Crabtree6th in the Henley Classic Mens’ Elite race
Josh Crabtree11th in the Henley Half Mile 9-13 age group whilst only 11!

2015-07-11-asa-ser-3km-2nd-in-39-02.jpg

2014 Open Water Highlights

One National Open Water Age Group Championship competitor
Sam Crabtree8th in the 14-year Age Group after an unfortunate series of events!

Three Regional Open Water Championship competitors
Sam CrabtreeGold in the 1.5km 14-year age group
Taine CarrickBronze in the 1.5km 13-year age group
Sammy Allen4th in the 1.5km 14-year age group

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

2014-07-19 13.58.33

2013 Open Water Highlights

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

Four Regional Open Water Championship competitors
Lou GatesGold in the Ladies 1.5km Open Water swim
Josh Dunk4th in the 2km 15/16 ‘Youth’ Category
Sam CrabtreeGold  the 1.5km 13-year age group
Taine Carrick – Gold the 1.5km 12-year age group

Three Kent Open Water Championship competitors
Josh DunkGold in the Kent County and London Region 2km ‘Open’ 15/16 A/G
Sam Crabtree2nd in the Kent County and London Region 1.5km ‘Open’ 14-yr A/G
Taine CarrickGold  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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