Coached swimming sessions at Abercynon Pool Sundays 5:00 p.m. Juniors, 6:00 and 7:00 p.m. Adults, and Wednesdays 8:30 p.m. Beginner and Inexperienced adults Wednesdays. Also we now have a 4:30 pm session on Sundays at Rhydycar Leisure centre! Merthyr Tydfil. See home page for current availability.
Our coached swimming sessions include quite a bit of technique during the off-season (mid-September-December), some open-water skills and technique, building on endurance (January-March) and then as the race season starts from April (after Easter) will include more endurance work. However, we will always build in drills and coaching feedback including video analysis (for adults) where time permits. We do not currently hold pool sessions over the School summer holidays (mid-July to mid-September).
As the open water warms up we start open water swimming (some coached, others just group swims) at various venues around South Wales and beyond, including Porthcawl (usually meeting at The High Tide Car Park), Langland Bay or Llanelli North Dock. The best place to look out for information is on our Facebook site. If the weather is good, you can usually guarantee someone will be going. You will need a neoprene swimming wetsuit, goggles and earplugs or neoprene helmet and brightly coloured swim cap. Distances vary according to the experience of the swimmers and conditions.
Safety is our priority in coached sessions. As a general rule you should always swim in the sea on a rising tide or at the latest at slack water at high tide, and always in a group with minimum of two. There are few lakes and rivers you can swim in around South Wales. Whilst the dangers of getting swept out to sea on an out-going tide, sharks, jellyfish etc are reduced in fresh water, there are other dangers of cold and leptospirosis to watch out for.