About Us

Open Water Swimming is one of the fastest growing mass participation sports at the present time. We set  up the National Open Water Coaching Association (NOWCA) in 2010 to help improve safety standards at open water swimming venues around Great Britain.

NOWCA now has a growing community of swimmer safety wristband wearers and annually accredited safe lakes.

NOWCA produced the first ever Open Water Coaching award for coaches. The education programme NOWCA is building will shape the future pathway for coaches to engage and educate anyone wishing to swim from pool to open water.

  • NOWCA ensures the highest standards of safety, coaching and facilities at NOWCA accredited lakes; attracting open water swimmers through reassurance of the quality of service they can expect to experience
  • Provides information and services related to Open Water Swimming via the NOWCA website; incorporating dedicated web pages for NOWCA accredited lakes and login pages for all safety wristband swimmers
  • Provides many benefits to swimmers and lakes, encouraging the growth of open water swimming 
  • Facilitates the running of a free weekly 400meter NOWCASwim Event at participating lakes across Britiain, utilising the NOWCA i System to time the participants and log results 
  • Provides provision for discounted rates of insurance for open water swimming and coaching for members

The NOWCA Safety Wristband has 4 key functions

  1. Swimmer Safety: The system enables lake and open water operators to have up to the minute details of exactly who is in the lake at any one time. In the case of an emergency a swimmers personal details and medical history can be accessed immediately
  2. NOWCA National Swim Events: The system enables swim time data for all participants to be recorded and uploaded to the NOWCA website under the relevant Lakes’ page, automatically each week
  3. Race Recording: The system can be used to capture data for any race events including open water swims, aquathlons and triathlons, in addition to the NOWCA National Swim event
  4. Daily Data Capture: All swimmers visiting a Lake can be clocked ‘in' and ‘out’ of the water, enabling valuable usage data for individual Lakes to be captured automatically 


Through our regulation and governance of suitably appointed venues, the Association seeks to provide safe, quality open water training facilities for the use of swimmers and other water-sport participants, with training and coaching provided by appropriately qualified and NOWCA registered coaching personnel
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