Saturday 25 May sees our Open Water Festival take place at a brand new venue for 2019  - Sywell Country Park in Ecton, Northamptonshire.

As part of a collaborative working relationship with Northamptonshire County Council, Northamptonshire Sport and Northants Triathlon, RLSS UK are excited about facilitating this former drinking water reservoir, to open water events and activities access, as well as supporting them through the SH2OUT accreditation process:

“We’re delighted to be able to run our Open Water Festival at a brand new venue this year, it’s an exciting prospect,” explains Adrian Lole, Technical Director for RLSS UK.

“This is an ideal festival for a newcomer of any age to open water events and is a great family day out. We have two distance events but we’ve introduced our very own Aquathlon this year, for adults and children to try their hands at a dual running and swimming challenge.

“Northamptonshire County Council’s decision to open their former reservoir utility to these kind of activities is great news for anyone who enjoys getting out and about, especially for open water enthusiasts. Their SH2OUT accreditation application will go a long way to ensuring a safe and supportive environment, for participants of all ages and levels, for years to come.

“Why not make 2019 the year you make your open water debut?”

For more details, prices and to sign up, click here!

RLSS UK Open Water Festival
Saturday 25 May 8.30am – midday
Sywell Country Park

Get open water ready with our top tips: 

Birds of a feather

Get others involved with you. No matter what level swimmer you are, having other similarly enthusiastic swim-buddies around you, will give you all a boost.

Slowly does it

Don’t go jumping into just any old body of water. Join a club, go with friends, take your time when you enter the water, practice before you compete – all sound advice for the newbie open water swimmer.

Magic Motivation

Maybe it’s setting your sights on an event this year, a PB time or just an excuse to pose in your new swim gear, find something to aim for.

Take the plunge!

The Open Water Swim season usually starts when temperatures rise above 13 degrees. Indoor pool training through winter will ensure you are fit for your open water challenge.

Helping Hands

If you are thinking about swimming at the Open Water Festival but would like to know more about what to expect, why not register to take part in the RLSS UK Pool to Pond programme?