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With summer comes Open Water swimming

The ultimate open water swim challenge, part of the South East Swim Series and the Sussex and Regional 5km Championships. Takes place on Saturday 22 August.

Entry to the Championships is open to all ASA members (temporary ASA membership for the series is also available £15.00). Full entry details are available here.

The Championships are the highlight of Eastbourne Open Water Swim Weekend which includes the Eastbourne 2km race on the Sunday 23 August. A discount on the entry fees if you enter both events over the weekends is available – make sure you enter the code at checkout.

Full safety cover is in place with the RNLI, Eastbourne Lifeguards, paddle craft and other rescue craft.  Shore spotters and lifeguards and St. John Ambulance are also on hand to support the event.  A proportion of the entry fee goes to support the work of local water safety organisations.

The competition is held under ASA laws and ASA technical Rules.

New projects to benefit from diverted sports funding.

Sport England have announced that the Amateur Swimming Association (ASA) will have £667,895 – 10 per cent of its remaining funding for getting more people swimming – diverted to invest in pilot programmes focused on improving the experience that casual and social swimmers get.

Following a Swim Summit held in January 2015, where over 100 swimming industry experts agreed that something needs to be done to make pools more customer-friendly environments, the pilots will look at improving the swimming experience for every day, non-club, swimmers and radically changing the way that opportunities to swim are provided. They will be led by swimming pool operators, alongside the ASA.

The pilots will be launched by the end of the summer and are expected to be delivered nationwide.

You can find the full Sport England report here

FINA – approved suits list for 2015

FINA, the world governing body of aquatics, has issued a definitive list of swimwear approved for the 2015 season.

The list includes suits, goggles and caps that can be used for Swimming and Open Water competition from January 1 to December 31 2015.

Follow this link to the list.