Open Water Skills Courses at Weir Wood Reservoir
Introductory & Intermediate Courses 

Introduction to Open Water Swimming Skills

Have  you entered your first open water swim event/triathlon, or are you new to or nervous about open water swimming, despite perhaps being a confident pool swimmer?


Come along to this introductory group session to increase your confidence. The session is limited to 6 swimmers so we can tailor it to your needs as much as possible.

We will start with a brief overview of equipment for open water swimming, including putting your wetsuit on correctly and address any anxieties about swimming in open water. We’ll then head down to the water and work on:

  • entering and acclimatising to cold water

  • being relaxed in the water

  • efficient and relaxed breathing

  • perhaps basic sighting skills (so you can swim in a straight line) and swimming in close proximity to other swimmers, depending on your ability and experience

£25 per person

* usual reservoir entry fee applies


Have you completed a few triathlons/open water swims and would like to get faster? One way to do this is to learn/improve specific open water skills

This course is appropriate for swimmers who want to learn how to maximise their efficiency in a triathlon or open water swim events and are already comfortable swimming in open water or have completed the Introductory Course at the reservoir


Depending on the experience and ability of the group, this course will cover some of the following skills:

  • dealing with mass starts and positioning on start line

  • sighting - to swim in a straighter line

  • turning around buoys - different techniques

  • drafting - different techniques

  • swim technique pointers

£25 per person

* usual reservoir entry fee applies

Intermediate Open Water Swimming Skills

The courses are run on a first come, first served basis, so if you are interested, please email Marianne asap to book your place:

You can hire a wetsuit for £10 to try out during the session if you don't have a wetsuit.

You need to pay the usual swim entry fee for the reservoir (£6 member/£8 non-members, £10 joining fee) as coaching is run separately.

Some groups will only run if minimum of 4 swimmers sign up, otherwise Marianne can offer 1-2-1 and other smaller group coaching options. Please see main open water swimming page on this website for details.

Open Water Swimmers' Testimonials

"Thanks Marianne for the video’s, they are very informative and professional. 
Thanks for the tuition, I felt it was very helpful to me."          
Eli O (60min 1-2-1 coached session, May 2018)

"Marianne helps to boost confidence for novice open water swimmers and provides key skills to maximise enjoyment of open water! Thoroughly recommend her and open water swimming!" 

                                                                                           Claire L (60 min 2-2-1 coached session, July 2018)