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What is NOWCA?

Welcome to NOWCA, your open water swimming friend!

NOWCA is the largest community of open water swimmers and venues in the UK, with 20,000+ swimmers and counting, you’ll be in good company.

Perhaps you already know the bliss of swimming in open water on a summers day in beautiful surroundings, the sky above you. Perhaps it appeals to you?

With NOWCA you can be safe in the knowledge that the lake you have chosen is well kept, the water tested regularly and the operators are meeting best practice guidelines to keep you safe, challenged and having fun in the open water.

The NOWCA team have a long history in the industry at leisure, racing and coaching levels, we’ve seen it all. We’ve been advising the governing bodies of the industry best practice to keep all athletes safe but challenged in the open water since 2009.

What is the NOWCA system?

It’s an app, it's RFID wristbands and it's best practice guidelines. It's keeping you safe and pushing you at the same time. Everybody wears a band and the operators use raised safety measures that focus on keeping you and everyone else safe in and out of the water. They know more about you, they follow best practice guidelines, they track your performance and offer coaching opportunities to help you keep improving.

The Hard Facts:

  • It’s an app and it's best practice guidelines used by operators to keep you safe in the open water.
  • NOWCA best practice guidelines ensures the highest standards of safety, coaching and facilities at all NOWCA certified venues.
  • We provide up to date information, guidance and related services to anything open water.
  • It enables an open water operator to access real-time information of who is onsite and who is doing what at any time, from any connected device.
  • In the case of an emergency, personal details and medical history can be accessed immediately.
  • It allows session performance to be recorded and emailed directly to the participant, plus added to their online personal profile.
  • It’s race timing that can be used for any event, it’s chipped timing for free, use it for anything you like!
Whats in it for me?

Join up with NOWCA today. Collect your NOWCA swim band at your nominated venue, all we ask is that you keep your chosen venue up to date with your most important details and we in return, update you with your swimming times and distances, after every swim, straight to your inbox.

With your NOWCA online profile you can check your swim history, see your progress and performance over the season, and then years.

You’re able to make purchases: single sessions or bulk sessions, events or even hire equipment and store them on your band; which means, you won’t have to carry cash every time you swim anymore. Swipe yourself into the water and swipe yourself out, it’s dead easy!

NOWCA also offer coaching if you want a hand getting better in the water, better or faster, or both.

All of our venue managers are really knowledgeable and approachable people just like you; find a venue where you’d like to give it a go by checking out our venue directory and get in touch with them directly or just turn up at the swim times listed on their website. They can help you feel comfortable in the water, find the changing facilities and the café!

Happy swimming.

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