1 hour of intense open water specific coaching. Drop in any time!

Open Water Drop-in Sessions

Sessions are now over for 2018. We will return in April 2019.


Every Wednesday evening at Milton Country Park between May and September 6.15pm - 7.15pm. (6.00pm arrival)


Detailed coaching by open water specialist coaches every week


Our group coaching sessions are a great way to improve your open water technique, strength, stamina, speed and understanding with a small group of like-minded people. Unlike other lake swimming sessions this is not a turn up and do your own thing session. It is a structured 1 hour class under the guidence of one of our top coaches who will refine your open water technique and give you a great workout in the process! Any weaknesses in your stroke will be assessed and corrected by one of our coaches who will be out in the water with you on a safety boat for close up technique analysis. You will still get some good long swims in, but you will have a lot of personalised technique to focus on whilst you do it, to make you a better swimmer.

New to open water swimming?

We understand that open water swimming can be a very daunting experience if you are not used to it and we will guide you every step of the way to becoming confident and relaxed in this new environment.

Already used to Open water swimming but want to improve? 

We will teach you how to become smoother, faster and more efficient by perfecting your existing technique and teaching you lots of new tricks to maximise your potential.

Every Wednesday evening between 6.15pm and 7.15pm at Milton Country Park between May and October. Sign in at 6pm, getting into the water at 6.15pm.

More about Milton Country Park



£10 per session, payable at the lake before the session at registration.esa token card_0 You can also purchase a 10 swim card in advance from here and collect at your next session. This 10 swim card reduces the cost of each session to £9 by paying £90 up front. It also means you don’t need to worry about bringing cash each week!

Buy a 10 swim card


As a minimum, you will be exopenwater-swimmingpected to swim a distance of 200m  of continuous freestyle to participate in this session. If you are unable to swim the above distance, we would love to have you attend 1-2-1 coaching to get you started! Distances are tailored in this session to suit the individual so you will be worked at a level specific to your ability for the duration of the session.


 We meet at the swim bank at Milton Country park. Enter the park and follow the path round to the left of the visitors centre. We meet on the bank at the first lake you see. If in doubt just follow all the people wearing wetsuits!



A wetsuit is strongly advised as the water will be between 13°C and 20°C. We do not insist on it, though may you swim at your own risk.

Swim hats can be purchased for £3, but you are welcome to bring your own. You will need goggles, a towel and warm clothes.


Practice sessions also available on Friday evenings and Saturday Mornings

On Friday evenings and Saturday mornings Milton Country Park run their own drop in sessions which offer a chance for our swimmers to practice their open water swimming in a safe organised session. These sessions are not coached but do have a safety crew on call to look after everyone! The fee is £5 per swim and full details can be viewed on the Milton Country Park Website.

Drop in Session Testimonials


“Our first drop in session with ESA at Milton was fantastic. From the very start we felt welcome. There were some serious triathletes at the session but Ed treated everyone the same, passing on his expert knowledge and advice to improve our personal technique and performance. After just a few sessions we were all smashing out a mile in respectable times having previously never swam in open water before. Myself and some colleagues soon completed a relay of Lake Windermere in early October 2015 in 6 hrs 57 mins. This was a fantastic achievement for a group of amateurs and would not have been possible with out the expert knowledge, advice and training from ESA.”

Neil Merchant

“Thank you for the amazing session today. I feel really inspired now and more confident towards open water swimming which is great.
I’m looking forward to getting back in the water, pool or lake, to practice my technique.
I’ll certainly recommend your company in the future! Today was professional, safe, engaging and rewarding..”

Steve Grange

 “I went to my first Wed drop in coached session yesterday at Milton and I loved it.
It was my first time swimming in a lake so I was excited and nervous.The coach was great – reassuring in a non-patronising way.
So I learnt some new things in preparation for my first open water race and feel really encouraged.
Thanks also to the safety boat who helped me when my calves cramped
up. I will make sure I am fully hydrated next time!”

Mary Ann