Swim Training




1. Pool Swimming


The club runs a well attended, coached swim session every Saturday 4.30pm – 5.30pm at Lymm Leisure Centre.  The session caters for all levels of swimmers from beginners to advanced swimmers. The session costs £3 for members and £5 for non-members, to cover the cost of pool hire and lifeguard.

PLEASE NOTE: This is NOT a learn to swim session for complete beginners. You will be expected to be able to swim at least four lengths front crawl without rest to fully benefit from the session. 


Lymm Leisure Centre,


Oughtrington Lane,




WA13 0RB




What is expected of you?


As a triathlon club, the sessions are based on the front crawl. You do not have to be a particularly good swimmer to attend but should be able to swim a few lengths. The aim of the sessions is to improve technique, endurance and speed over time.




What will be provided?


  • A progressive, periodised session plan, 
  • Club coaches on poolside.
  • Pace clock: a large poolside clock to assist lap timing and rest intervals.
  • Floats and pull buoys (provided by the leisure centre).
  • Lots of encouragement!


What do you need to bring?


  • Appropriate swim trunks or costume.
  • Goggles. Swim cap (optional).
  • Towel
  • Sports watch: For timing on longer sets if you can't use the pace clock
  • A drink
  • Your own floats and pull buoys if you have them.
  • Lots of enthusiasm!



2. Open Water Swimming


Health advice warning for open water swimming


Water quality tests provide an indication of the suitability of a venue for open water swimming; however they don't mean that that there is a complete absence of potential pathogens. There are simple practices that triathletes should be advised to adopt to minimize risk of further infections:

  • Cover all cuts and abrasions, however minor, with sticking plasters.
  • You should not consider swimming if you have deep cuts
  • Wash hands in fresh water before eating after you have swum
  • Take a full shower at the earliest opportunity
  • Try to ingest a minimum amount of water whilst swimming
  • If you feel ill in the days/weeks following open water swimming seek the advice of a doctor.


Club Advice for Those Wishing to Take Part in Open Water Swimming


The club itself does not offer any open water swim sessions. However, there are a number of weekly open water sessions throughout the summer months (Usually May until September) all within easy reach of Warrington, and attended by club members. These are either fully coached or arrive and swim. In both cases, it is necessary to register with the session provider/venue before your first visit of the season.  Check the website links for details.

The cost is generally about £5 per session. Most have free parking but the Salford Quays, for example, require parking in the multi storey car park.


Club Recommendations


You should be able to confidently and competently swim 500m in a pool before considering open water swimming. (Bear in mind that many people say it is easier to swim in a wet suit in open water than without one in a pool).

Unless going to a coached, group session, it is wise to never swim open water alone, even if a very competent swimmer. Take a friend or meet up with friends or club members at the session.


What you will need to take to the sessions


  • Wear a tri suit or costume to the session to wear under your wetsuit. Some have changing facilities, but often its quicker and easier to change by your car.
  • Wet suit, although not compulsory, is strongly recommended. The water temperatures in the area are rarely high enough to feel too warm! (Some of the sessions listed do offer wet suit hire). 
  • Swim cap (brightly coloured!). This is for your own safety and visibility to the session provider and safety personnel on duty, and is compulsory at most. Also, wearing two swim hats is common at certain times of year, for protection from the cold (and also useful in preventing losing your goggles).
  • Optional: Neoprene hat and boots if you really suffer from the cold.
  • Footwear/flip flops that can be left at water’s edge. Makes walking from your car to the water less unpleasant!
  • Goggles or open water swim mask, towel, drink and warm clothing to put on after the session.
  • Some swimmers routinely use Slip n Glide or some kind of a lubricant to stop rubbing, particularly around the neck. This is not essential but can often be purchased at the venues.
  • “Hot Tip” – take a drink bottle filled with warm water (or fill one up at the venue) and pour it into your wet suit just before you get in the water. It will minimize the feel of the cold water rushing into your wet suit when you first get in!


Coached Open Water Swim Session Providers


Three Sisters Waterpark, Wigan

The Endurance Store run a structured, coached open water session on Wednesday evening 7.00pm – 8.00pm at Three Sisters in Wigan. This is a particularly good session for beginners as not only is it coached in 3 different ability groups, but the whole (watersports) lake is almost all shallow enough to stand in most areas, giving confidence to novices. For more details see:

 http://theendurancestore.wordpress.com/tes-training-sessions   /<>  



Un-Coached Open Water Swim Session Providers - Arrive and Swim

Boundary Water Park, Cheshire, CW4 8HT – Thursday evenings (5.30pm – 8.30pm) and Sunday afternoons (1pm – 3pm).  These sessions are run by Uswim. For more details see  http://www.uswimopenwater.com 



Salford Quays - There are a number of sessions run at Salford Quays by both USwim and by Salford City Council.

Monday, Tuesday and Thursday evenings,  6pm – 8.30pm, Salford Watersports Centre, Salford – see http://www.salford.gov.uk/openwaterswim.htm  for more details

Wednesdays, 5.30-8.00pm and Saturdays  8.00 – 11.00am, Dock 9, MediaCity, Salford Quays (M50 3AZ). See  http://www.uswimopenwater.com for more details


Manley Mere - Manley Lane, Frodsham, WA6 0PE - Tuesday evenings 6pm – 8pm and Saturdays 9.30am – 10.30am.  For more details see http://www.manleymere.co.uk/id30.html


Pennington Flash - Lowton WA3 1BQ, Monday evenings 6-8pm. (venue of IronMan UK).  http://www.myopenwaterswim.co.uk 



NOTE: personal coaching is offered at some of the “un-coached” venues listed for an additional fee. See their websites for charges and availability.