Swim guiding update: 2024
We've taken a break from swim guiding in 2023 but will be available for bookings in 2024, starting in late May when the water starts to warm. We will be launching our 2024 swim guiding with some specific swim and walking trips across the lakes and tarns of the Lake District, focusing on relaxed adventures. You will be able to select from a range of trips designed for the beginner wild swimmer to the more experienced open water enthusiast. Please check back on this website in the new year to see planned trips and please get in touch if you have any questions via our contact details below.
Diane and Jim.
We offer swims and walks that are specially designed for you or your small group of friends and family, from beginner to experienced.
All of our swims are led by a qualified Open Water Swim Coach and Lifeguard, and our walks are guided by a Mountain Leader.
We are happy to organise swimming and walking adventures that fit your abilities and interests - just give us a call or email us to discuss.
Wild Swims Lake District is a small adventure business run by Diane Mangan and Jim Croft. We have years of experience swimming, walking and climbing in the English Lakes, and between us our qualifications include:
We offer one-to-one and small group experiences in the Lake District, with a focus on relaxed and interesting wild swimming and fell-walking that allows you to enjoy the wonderful Lakeland landscape. We design each trip with your preferences, comfort and interests in mind.
While our focus is on gentle adventures with time to enjoy the Lakeland lakes, fells and tarns, we can also organise more exhilarating excursions in the mountains.
If you are planning on participating in an open water swim event and need some coaching, particularly if you are just starting out, we can support you in achieving your goals, whichever swimming stroke you choose. Having participated in many open water swim events, we are happy to pass on our knowledge and know-how to you.
Swimming with a qualified coach and open water lifeguard means that you have the support and supervision of an experienced open water swimmer, where safety is a priority. If you wish, you can receive guidance on your open water swim technique, and you can take away from the session some things to review and practice in your own time or in further sessions with Wild Swims Lake District.
All of our trips are covered by the appropriate insurance and risk assessment.
All of our swims and walks are carefully organised and assessed for your safety. We monitor chosen swimming and walking routes on an ongoing basis and will discuss any safety concerns with you. A full safety briefing is provided prior to entering the water. You also have the assurance of swimming with a qualified open water swim coach and open water lifeguard.
When you book a trip with Wild Swims Lake District we will tailor the activity to your needs and will work to your schedule. We will then confirm the details and the meeting point, and what to bring. You can do as much or as little swimming as you like, depending on your ability. If you need additional swim kit we will discuss this with you at the time of booking. Our focus is on relaxed swimming, with time to enjoy the water and natural surroundings.
If you are swimming, bring your kit with you, including your costume, towel and/or change robe and lots of warm clothing. We swim mainly in open water wetsuits and use swim socks. If you wish to swim ‘skins’ (without a wetsuit) please discuss this with us on booking. For safety we use tow-floats and brightly coloured swim caps.
We recommend the following kit, but let us know if you are missing anything as we may be able to help. We usually require swimmers to wear a swimming wetsuit, use a tow-float and wear a brightly coloured swim cap (we can provide a swim cap).
Our recommended kit is::
Please ensure your kit is clean and dry, to avoid the spread of invasive species.
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We arrange each trip individually and prices depend on the duration, number of participants and the number of guides required.
As an example, a half day swimming with one participant and one guide starts at £70.
Fees for multiple coaching sessions and wild swims, small groups and guided fell-walking days, on request.
There is no better way of testing new and interesting swims and walks than by trying them out for yourself, and with the weather and water warming, I and a couple of friends tried out a long 8km swim, linking the length of three classic lakes - Buttermere, Crummock Water and Loweswater.