What is the NOWCA swim?

The original idea behind the NOWCA swim was to promote the joy of swimming in the Open Water to as many people as possible … rather like Park Run has done for outdoor running.

We hope to mimic the success by providing a free weekly timed event at an introductory distance of 400m. We chose 400m because we felt that this was an accessible distance to swimmers who are new to the open water and also a great way for existing swimmers to monitor their improvement and performance.

We are lucky enough to have a great community of NOWCA accredited open water venues which means they are able to offer a safe environment for new and existing swimmers alike.

  • It’s a 400m timed swim event
  • It’s free to all NOWCA wristband holders
  • It’s run weekly so you can track your progress
  • All abilities are welcome
  • It’s a great way to try open water swimming for the first time

Where can I swim the NOWCA Swim?

Each participating NOWCA venue has a different day and time of the week for their free NOWCA swim, so you can find one to suit you. Please liaise directly with the venue manager to confirm when it’s on.

Channel AdventureEvery other Sat from 16th June at 10am until end of October – check website for exact times and dates – next one 14th July
ChasewaterSat 8.40am
Liverpool Wed 7.15pm
London Royal Docks Sat 11.45am
Manley Mere Tues 7.45pm
Race HubSat 9.45am
Ride Leisure WybostonThurs 5.00pm
Thorpe OWSSat 10.15am

Do you want to organise a NOWCA swim?

Do you run an open water venue and are interested in growing your community of swimmers? Please get in touch and with our resources and free system, we will help you set up a NOWCA swim. CLICK HERE TO CONTACT US
Are you an OWS coach or someone that swims at a NOWCA venue and would like to help grow your community by running a NOWCA swim?