This course is for anyone who has never swum in open water, has panicked in open water or is entering their first race.
The course is always run by a qualified NOWCA Coach and lasts for approximately 1.5 hours. There are both theory and practical elements to the level one course. The coach will put you at ease as they go through important safety procedures and the basic technical skills that will aid your swimming experience in open water during the course and beyond. Listen and learn at least 40 important tips – all really useful and part of the syllabus. Once you have seen and heard these it is time to put them into practice. Normally you will be put into groups according to ability and experience. You will also be asked to partner up for safety. Your like minded partner could be a new friend for life!
Each group will be led step by step in a relaxed but safe environment. Overseen by qualified safety personnel and a safety craft. After successfully completing your course you should be competent to train and race in open water. Occasionally there are people who need further instruction and this normally is in the form of a 1-2-1 where a swimmer can get a little more attention than that found in a group.
NOWCA safety wristband must be worn during the session. This is the safety system we use at Londons Royal Docks. If you don’t have one – please register & purchase this here - You will be able to collect you band when you arrive for your course.