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Preparing for Open Water Competitions

85 entries have been received so far for the SW [and Dorset] Open Water Championships 2017 which take place in Weymouth on 24 June. Unfortunately not many swimmers have signed up for the Region’s introductory Open Water Swimmer Development course which is now at risk of being cancelled.

Your coach may already have discussed with you race tactics such as dolphining, drafting, bodysurfing, impeding, negative splitting, railroading, sheltered-side breathing, slip streaming and more. You may already be putting other specialty moves unique to open water racing into your training preparations in open water conditions ahead of the competition.

Or you may have considered just turning up to swim without such knowledge, not practised in open water conditions, which is inadvisable, or never swum in a wetsuit.

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Club Members

Our thriving Club is supported entirely by volunteers : people like you! Even if you don't fancy a dip in the sea, we can always do with more help.You could:

– walk the beach, ensuring swimmers have a safe enjoyable experience
– man one of our safety canoes as a qualified lifeguard.
– take the register so we know all our swimmers are accounted for
– help prepare refreshments and hot drinks.

And if that hasn't whetted your appetite, Mark Vides will happily get you involved

You can contact Mark by email: edowscmemsec@gmail.com

Join Us

We are a group of open water swimming enthusiasts of varying abilities. Our members range from competitive swimmers and triathletes to social swimmers who enjoy swimming in relative safety with like-minded people. Swimmers are organised into small groups of similar abilities. When possible, the club arranges for safety cover in the form of accompanying kayaks and beach walking observers

Tuesday sessions for Club Members will recommence 25 April 2017 (6pm for 6.15pm start) through to mid-Oct and Sunday sessions for experienced club open water swimmers will begin 30 Apr 2017 (10am for 10.15am start). Please note initial taster sessions are only available on the following Tuesdays: 16 May, 23 May, 6 June, 13 June, 20 June, 27 June, 4 July, 11 July, 1 August, 15 August and 5 September (unless notified otherwise).

You will find more information on the Club and how to book a taster session and become a member under the About menu tab.

Seahorse Swim 2013 from John Bolton on Vimeo.


Studland Beach
The 8th East Dorset Open Water SC Seahorse Swim will take place on 2 July 2017 near Knoll Beach, Studland by kind permission of the National Trust and in support of the Seahorse Trust.
– This is not a Swim England event.
- Media from previous Swims is accessible under the Gallery tab. Click for reports and results from 2016; 2015 ; 2014; 2013; 2012; 2011 and 2010.

Featured Articles

Rother Valley

ASA South West Region Open Water Officials Training 2017

Enjoy the benefits of sun, sea and sand whilst judging a swimming event! Development course for new officials: Saturdays 27 May (classroom) and 3 June (practical).

ASA South West Region Open Water Swimmers’ Development Course 2017

To introduce swimmers aged 12 to 17 years into this growing element of our sport and develop skills for open water swimming.
Part 1 – Workshops, land training & pool exercises on 27 May 2017 at Wells Pool.
Part 2 – Open water swimming skills and practice on 3 June 2017 at Preston Beach, Weymouth.

Marathon Talent Identification

British Swimming is working in association with the Great Swim Series to utilise a programme of mass participation events this summer to identify new marathon swimming talent.

Swim England National Open Water Festival 2017

The Festival will return to Rother Valley Country Park in 2017 for two days of competition, incorporating the National Open Water Masters Championships, the National Open Water Age Group Championships and amass participation event for swimmers of all abilities.

Seahorse Swim 2014

EDOWSC Membership Applications 2017

The Membership year for EDOWSC and Swim England runs from 1 Jan to 31 Dec. We hope you will enjoy swimming with us in 2017. We have completed our Membership return for those indicating they wished to renew their membership. Read on for details of how to join our Club.

Mark Shakles

29 EDOWSC members complete Brownsea Swim 2016

Following on from a summer of outstanding Channel Achievements, EDOWSC members put in a strong showing in the 2016 Brownsea Swim. In challenging conditions. 29 EDOWSC swimmers finished the race. View results.

Seahorse Swim

Sold out

Seahorse Swim 2017 Sold Out

Thank you to everyone who has entered The Seahorse Swim 2017 on 2 July which is sold out. The waiting list is now closed but we will reopen it if necessary.

Meanwhile if you haven’t already done so sign up for the event’s Facebook Group for updates.

View race details.

Events

Provisional Events Calendar 2017

Click to view Club Calendar and Swimming / Open Water Calendar which are regularly updated – please check back regularly for more 2017 listings.
The club meets at Shore Road in Poole (just east of Sandbanks) on Tuesdays 6.00 pm for a 6.15pm briefing and swim. The first swim of the 2017 season for Club members will be 25 April. Naturally the decision to swim is subject to weather and sea conditions. Sunday swims for Club members who are experienced open water swimmers commence 30 Apr (same place, 10am for 10.15am start).
Please note initial taster sessions are only available on specified dates. If bad weather prevents this, it will be on the next Taster session date in the month.

Competitions

ASA SW Region

Dorset ASA & ASA SW Open Water Championships 2017

Online Entry Form https://goo.gl/forms/6IxIYcRn1ldiNd412 for this year’s ASA South West Region Open Water Championships on Saturday 24 June 2017 at Preston Beach, Weymouth DT4 7SX.

The event incorporates County Championships for Dorset ASA, Gloucester ASA, Somerset ASA and this year the Police Open Water Championships.

Registration opens at 9am.

Events: Male & Female 5km, 3km, 1,500m and a 750m Taster Event.
Entry fees £22 for each for 5km, 3km, 1,500m and £8.50 for the Taster Event.

Social

Training Session 16 May

Club Social 23 May 2017

Tues 23 May is the first Club Social of our openwater season at Shore Road, Poole. Please bring some food and /or drink to share and stay and have a chat after your swim. Happy swimming!

Swim 21

ASA Level 2 Award Coaching Open Water Swimming (QCF) Jul-Sep 2017

Venue 1: Vobster Quay, Upper Vobster BA3 5SDVenue 1: Vobster Quay, Upper Vobster BA3 5SD
Venue 2: PFP Leisure – Trowbridge Sports Centre, Wiltshire
Start Date: 22 Jul 2017
Closing date for applications: 8 Jul 2017
Tutors: Elizabeth Janet Slack, ASA South West Region, Robert Moore.
This qualification is aimed at Level 2 Swimming or Triathlon Coaches who want to acquire specialist knowledge delivering open water swimming sessions to a range of participants.

Videos

Open Water Swim Training Tips from Peter Stoychev

Petar Stoychev (the first person to swim the English Channel under 7 hours) gave some training tips to competitors of the Chillswim Coniston 5.25 mile swim.

Audio

Headphones

Interview with Tom Kean

Tom’s early morning swim has lead to a rapidly growing open-water swimming business

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