2015-08-14 OW Training Day Team Photo

(February 2019 update)

Thanet Swim Club is not only a pool-based club; we have organised open water training and held Open Water Club Champs & Fun-Days since 2012.  Our team’s successes have grown year on year.  We’re having so much fun in open water that we intend to do it all again for the 2019 season.
If you are a Thanet Swim Club member (including parents) and are interested in participating in our 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).

Club OW events for 2019

Open Water Training Day’s
Sundays 2nd & 16th June and 7th July 2019
For Kent OW, SER OW, Great Swim and Henley competitors only
More info on our Open Water Training Days [here]

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Open Water Fun-Day and ‘Club Champs’
Fri 30th Sept 2019
Open to ALL Thanet Swim Club squads, parents and coaches!

Open Water Racing Schedule more info [here]

Open Water Achievements more info [here]


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
& over
BL 8.4 Non
– Jammers
– Kneesuits
– OW tights
– Full length
OW suits
– Jammers
– Kneesuits
– Swimming               costumes
– ‘Speedos’
18°-19.9°  BL 8.5 Wetsuit
& below
BL 8.5 Wetsuit

* British Swimming guidance:  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.

Wetsuit solutions:

Hire a Wetsuit (examples):
Season’s hire from £65 www.mywetsuithire.co.uk  (Deposit & T&Cs apply)
Season’s hire £70 www.hireawetsuit.co.uk (No deposit, wear & tear fees)
Season’s hire £75 www.wrightsport.co.uk (TYR £75 deposit + wear & tear fees)

Buy a wetsuit (examples):
Kids open water wetsuit £99 www.orca.com
(KC’s recommended best value suit)

The best adult OW wetsuit we have found is the Orca Alpha, but this is around £550!
Other good makes are Blueseventy, Speedo and Aquasphere,
Huub wetsuits are excellent – but very fragile



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