Lanes to Lakes

Wendy Figures Swimming, Yorkshire Outdoor Swimmers and their coaches present a season of coached open water training sessions at Harthill Reservoir, Carver Way, Harthill, Sheffield, S26 7XB.

For swimmers of all ability levels wanting to prepare for an open water event or just wanting to improve their open water swimming skills.

Wendy has masses of open water experience in both Summer and Winter events and she is perfectly suited to help anyone prepare for their upcoming challenges. Liz Parkes is a Triathlon and open water coach who can guide you to the start line of your first open water triathlon or give you the tips to take your swim to the next level.

Summer Swimming at Harthill is on Tuesday evening and Saturday afternoon where swimmers can book in for an introductory session, 1:1, or group coached sessions.

If you are entering your first open water swimming event or your first triathlon with an open water swim, you would be well advised to book on to the training programme at least 1 month prior to your event.  Don’t leave it until a couple of days before the event.  The earlier you can start your training programme – the more prepared you will be.

Introductory Course

For swimmers who are new to open water. A 2-hour course teaching swimmers all the basic skills required.  The course is part theory and part practical.  Course content includes – wetsuit usage and other swim aids, cold water acclimatisation, entries, buddy swimming, pacing, sighting, turning, non wetsuit swimming and more.


(plus YOS membership / standard swim session fee)

1:1/1:2 Coached Sessions

A 45 minute session where the content of the session is structured around the swimmers needs.  One of our coaches will either swim or kayak alongside the swimmer and provide coaching along the way.  This is a good session for those who are competent swimmers but still a little nervous of swimming the full course and need further guidance along the way.  It’s also a good fast track introductory session with it being on a 1:1 basis. Training with a friend? This session can also be a 1:2


(plus YOS membership / standard swim session fee)

Triathlon Group Session

Whether you are training for your first or tenth open water triathlon this 2-hour course has something for you. You will have already started swimming in open water, but be wanting to pick up tips and tricks to improve the efficiency of your swim, be the best you can in transition, get the edge on the competition, or to just have more in the tank when you get to the bike. This is a perfect follow-on to our Introduction to Open Water Course.


(plus YOS membership / standard swim session fee)