The following training sessions at St Andrews Lakes are for swimmers aged 2007 and older who intend to compete in open water events this summer
(Kent OW / SER OW / National OW Championships, Great Swims or Henley, etc.)
(Our open water racing events info page is here: link)
Training – Sun 2nd June – Register as below,  pay on day at venue
Inductions and/or training – more info follows on below pics
Training – Sun 16th June – Register as below,  pay on day at venue
Inductions and/or training – more info follows on below pics
Training – Sun 7th July – Register as below,  pay on day at venue
Inductions and/or training – more info follows on below pics
OW Fun-Day & TSC OW Champs – Register by email to K Crabtree pay by Fri 9th Aug
To register your swimmer/s interest for any of these events please email karen@crabtree.com stating: name of swimmer, year of birth, squad, events interested in and any 800 / 1500m time (if they have one).

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Thanet Swim Club Open Water Training Events
Entries: 
This is becoming an increasingly popular event, because of this entry numbers are now strictly limited and will be allocated on a first-come-first served basis, reserve a place for your swimmer by emailing karen@crabtree.com stating: name of swimmer, year of birth, squad, sessions interested in, and any 800 / 1500m time (if they have them).  Costs: £15 for swimmers needing their first induction and £5 for subsequent training sessions. Payments to be made in cash on the day.
Location:  St Andrews Diving Formby Rd, Halling, Kent, ME2 1HP. 

This is a brand new venue, so details are still being confirmed with the venue team.  Please arrive between 12:00 and 12:15, so we can complete paperwork and ‘suiting up’. Intention is for safety and skills briefing and safety swims commencing from 13:00.
Facilities on site to be confirmed.
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 (induction swim charge £15).  This is for health and safety reasons and is compulsory.
A parent, guardian or nominee must remain on site for the duration of the session.
Equiment: Wetsuits are recommended for our training sessions (they may be compulsory at this venue, we are awaiting confirmation from venue team). PPlan for the session:
(1) OW safety and skills briefing
(2) Acclimatisation / induction swim
(3) OW skills clinic
(4) Race distance time-trials
We will hold distance time-trials aligned with the 2019 Swim England event distances (see below). All swimmers in attendance will be expected to attempt to swim the following distances at race pace:

12-13 years: 2km  |  14-15 years: 3km  |  16-18 years: 5km.
Participating Masters swimmers may swim any distance they prefer.

Open Water Fun-Day & TSC OW Champs – Friday 30th August 2019
Reservations: This is becoming an increasingly popular event, and as entry numbers are strictly limited, they will be allocated on a ‘first-paid-first-served‘ basis, reserve a provisional place for your swimmer/s by emailing karen@crabtree.com stating: name of swimmer, date of birth, squad, and any 800 / 1500m time if they have one.  Places will only be confirmed once payment received – places not paid for by Friday 9th August will be offered to swimmers on the waiting list.  Payments should be made via cash in an envelope addressed to Karen Crabtree and posted in the club letterbox at Hartsdown.

Venue:  Action Watersports, Lydd, Kent near Dungeness [LINK]
This event is deliberately later in the season, when the water is a bit warmer for younger swimmers. Swimmers new to open water will have an open water induction and safety assessment and a trial 200m swim alongside our experienced open water swimmers to calm any nerves.

The Club Champs aspect of the day will consist of ‘Nationals’ distance ‘Time-Trials’ – recommended distances below are aligned with distances swimmers ought to race for the 2020 season (Age at EoY 2019 for 2020 preparation) – or swim as far as you like.
10-11 years: 1km  |  12-13 years: 2km  |  14-15 years: 3km  |  16+ years: 5km
(Siblings only 8-9 years – 1 ‘mini taster’ lap  = 200m)

The ‘Fun Day’ aspect of the day will include fun relays, stand-up paddle boarding and then an hour’s full-on AQUASPLASH inflatable fun (see slides above) and a ‘bring your own’ BBQ from around 5-6pm.
Races £10, shared use of Stand-up paddle boards £10, AQUASPLASH 1 Hour £16
Racers will get priority on the SUPs & AquaSplash – IF there are any spaces left then siblings and parents may join in the AquaSplash too at £16 per person.

Timings (TBC): Induction briefing and safety swims planned to commence from 12:30 (aim to arrive at 11:30-12:00).  Aquasplash will be at 4pm.  All swimmers must be out of the water by 5pm.  A parent or guardian must remain on site for the duration of the session. Facilities on site include hot and cold drinks via ‘honesty box’. You will need to bring a full picnic.


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