The sport of swimming has been around for much longer than the concept of a swimming pool!

Competitive open water swimming can be traced back to Roman times, but in its modern form has been a recognised discipline since 1986. The distance covered in each competition is often dictated by the size of the body of water the event is held in, but at major competitive level the main distances are 5km, 10km and 25km. 

Competitions in Scotland are held in both freshwater lochs and saltwater estuaries, but really any body of open water that's deemed safe is suitable for use.  It won't come as much of a surprise, but our outdoor competitive season runs during the summer months from June to September!

The transition from indoor to outdoor isn't difficult - swimming is swimming whether it is outdoors or indoors.  It's also not nearly as cold as you would imagine - as with all competition, exertion keeps you warm. 

From mass participation events over a mile for recreational swimmers, to 25km international events contested by elite athletes, open water swimming offers a challenge to all ages and all abilities.  At Scottish Swimming we can help you find your nearest club or nearest event. Or if you're looking to progress towards the elite levels, we can help you on that journey too.

Find more information about water safert at https://www.rlss.org.uk/