Introduction To Open Water Swimming Courses 2023


We are getting a lot of enquiries for ITOWS courses so feel it’s a good time to release this years dates.

Booking is available via our Wix Spaces app or our booking website

So if you’re new to open water swimming or want to make the transition from the pool to open water safely then our Introduction To Open Water Swimming (iTOWS) course is the one for you…


Our iTOWS courses will run between April and September

  • Thursday evenings at Hatfield Outdoor Activity Centre, Doncaster. 18.30 – 20.00hrs
  • Saturday afternoons at Thrybergh Country Park, Rotherham. 14.30 – 16.00hrs.


    To introduce swimmers with no experience of Open Water swimming to the wonderful world of outdoor swimming
    To give swimmers the confidence to swim in Open Water
    To coach and support people who have entered swim events (or other sporting activities)
    The course content is designed to be flexible enough that all levels of swimming competency and experience can be involved, either on an individual one-2-one basis or in larger groups. Course content can, therefore, be adapted to suit the needs of the swimmer(s)


Welcome & safety briefing – lakeside
How to put a wetsuit on
Water entry & acclimatisation

Risks & Hazards
Sculling/Floating exercises
Breathing basics

Venue/Course understanding

Open Water swim – short course
How to remove a wetsuit

Debrief session

    The course costs £30, which includes:

Just over ½ hours classroom training – as detailed in the course content

Dependant on water temperature and swimmers ability up to 1 hour of coached swimming in open water

Access to on-going iTOWS coaching from SYS team coaches during the season

N.B.  The course fee does NOT include wetsuit hire. For information about wetsuit hire please see our online wetsuit hire pages.