There is no doubt that open water swimming can be a daunting experience to anyone doing it for the first time, whether you are a confident swimmer or not. The water is usually cold (especially in the UK), often very dark, you are wearing a tight rubber suit and there are lots of people of all different abilities around you probably thinking everything you are.

Well worry no more! rg:active are very please to offer everyone the opportunity to gain valuable open water training before your races with organised, coached open water swim sessions at a fantastic venue. These sessions have been running for a number of years now and have grown in popularity with people coming back week after week seeing their confidence grow and their swimming improve.

You can learn the basics of open water swimming from our experienced coaches, train with other people who have exactly the same worries and concerns as you do. Whether it is your first time in a wetsuit, your first time in open water, or you want to learn how to swim front crawl, we can offer you any advice you need, answer any questions you have, demonstrate and explain anything you want to make your fears and worries go away.

You will need to bring your own wetsuit, rental wetsuits are not available at this venue.


Novice to Intermediate


The equipment you will require to participate in the session is:

WETSUIT – Ideally a swimming specific wetsuit. The rg:active coaches can offer wetsuit advice. (No rental wetsuits available at this venue, you must bring your own)


LUBRICANT – used to prevent chaffing from your wetsuit around your neck. A non-petroleum based lubricant is best as it will not damage your wetsuit.

SWIM COSTUME or TRI-SUIT – Worn under your wetsuit. This is very important for those of you wanting to practise getting your wetsuit off after the session!

SWIM CAP – We request you wear a brightly coloured swim hat to enable our coaches to see all of the swimmers easily when in the water.

CLOTHES and TOWEL – There are changing facilities at the venue and changing rooms so you can dry yourself and warm up after the sessions.

FOOD and DRINK – The sessions are one hour in duration and we always recommend having something to eat and drink after the session to refuel yourselves.


Located in Hyde Park, the Serpentine Lido has been a Londoner’s escape for over 100 years. Come and experience the outdoors in a unique atmosphere and enjoy a relaxing swim in the Serpentine.

Changing Facilities

You will need to bring your own wetsuit, rental wetsuits are not available at this venue.


Tuesday Evenings 2 sessions



The later session will end mid August due to fading light conditions, check booking system for available sessions

Mid May – September

Duration: 60 mins



£15 per swim