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NOWCA 400: 'parkrun' goes underwater...
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Posted on: Wednesday 15th April 2015

Tags  NOWCA  |  NOWCAswim 400  |  Rick Kiddle

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New open water swimming events launched by NOWCA

Open water swimming just got safer and more fun.

Despite being the fastest growing mass participation sport, exercising or competing in an outdoor lake never had the formal structure or support enjoyed by running.

This has now changed thanks to NOWCA, the National Open Water Coaching Association.

Launched by enthusiastic swimmers and coaches, the Association now has 25,000 members and twenty accredited lakes across the country.

Each NOWCA swimmer has a personal safety and timing iD wristband which can be scanned as they enter, and when they exit the water of any NOWCA lake.

"This has benefits for the swimmer who can accurately record their times each time they swim and also for the open water operators who now have up to the minute details of exactly who is in their lake at any one time.” explained Rick Kiddle, NOWCA Director

The wristband also contains personal details and medical details in case of emergency. And it can act as a motivational training aid in a sport which previously relied on each swimmer to manually write down their times.

The Association now runs a number of specific events including the increasingly popular NOWCAswim 400. This weekly event is free and is a timed race across 400 metres.

Much like the highly popular parkrun, held weekly for runners on dry land, this event also posts all competitors results immediately on the competitors login page and the venues homepage.

There are also other swim events, triathlons and aquathlons running at the NOWCA lakes from April until October this year.

A lack of qualified training for open water swimmers has also been addressed by the Association’s education programme which offers specialised coaching courses across the country.

"Our aim is to help grow the sport and make it safer and more fun for every swimmer," said Rick

NOWCA lakes are found at including Liverpool Watersports Centre, Fritton Lake Outdoor Swim Centre and Ellingham Open Water Swimming Lake to name a few.

For more details on your local NOWCAswim 400 go to


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