Category: Open Water and Triathlon
Safe Open Water Swimming
There has been a sharp increase in open water swimming participation during Covid, but not all of this has been safe open water swimming. Even before this in 2019, there were 7.5 million adults swimming outdoors each year. (Source Swim England: https://www.swimming.org/swimengland/key-swimming-statistics/)
Sadly though, according to the National Water Safety Forum, 631 people in the UK died in water in 2020, with 242 recorded as an accident (Source: https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2021/jul/23/at-least-17-people-drown-in-a-week-of-tragedies-in-englands-waters)
Swimming outdoors can feel like a true pleasure. All of the physical and mental benefits of working out are clear, but only if it is done safely. The risks of drowning or getting into difficulty are there for all to see. These can include from hypothermia, changes in the current or from simply being less efficient at swimming than one felt they were. As such, Turner Swim are keen to promote safe outdoor swimming. We feel that from our own swimming experiences that NOWCA venues are ideal places.
NOWCA (the National Open Water Coaching Association)
NOWCA is the UK’s leading network of safe open water venues with over 40 safe and scenic locations nationwide. Not only does NOWCA provides an incredible service for its members, but also a devoted community of like-minded individuals, all passionate about enjoying the open water.
Their world leading systems and technologies tackle safety and venue efficiency head on. NOWCA’s open water safety system and professional training has already helped venues raise safety standards for staff and visitors alike. Safety is at the core of everything they do, it is the ultimate driving force behind NOWCA. And to prove their commitment to safety, NOWCA provides their services to venues at no cost.
They are the trusted experts for open water safety. NOWCA’s ambition is to continue expanding their venue network to give open water communities greater access to safer locations nationwide. This can be in a lake, estuary, river, beach, or in the wild.
Turner Swim provide open water swim coaching at one of NOWCA’s venues, the Docklands Sailing and Watersports Centre. Based a short walk from Canary Wharf, the site are open water specialists with highly trained staff. Safety boats, wrists bands, two way radios are in operation. In addition, showers and changing rooms compliment the open water experience. Find out more about Turner Swim’s open water swim coaching here.
NOWCA’s Annual Membership Fees
NOWCA’s annual membership fee is £15 a year which comes with a range of benefits including access to over 40 safe and scenic open water venues, free ACTiO app to easily manage your account and bookings, insurance cover for personal accident & injury, educational resources to develop your open water knowledge and skills, and NOWCA Perks offering exclusive discounts from top brands – where you can even get an exclusive deal from Turner Swim!
A big proportion of the membership fee is actually re-invested back into the industry to further achieve their safety ambition. In addition, NOWCA supports venues to keep overhead costs as low as possible, which help to keep session prices low for members. So by joining NOWCA, you are in fact advocating open water safety for the community!
To sign up as a NOWCA member, simply download their free ACTiO app or visit their website www.nowca.org
To celebrate our partnership, NOWCA members can get an exclusive offer as part of their NOWCA Perks programme. Simply download our Turner Swim Plus training app until the end of 2021 for just £5.00 a month (normally priced at £10.00 per month).
Find out more about NOWCA and their safe open water swimming venues here.