COACH,  EXPLORE,  EXTRA,  July 2023,  Top Tips

How to plan a river swimming route

A long and lazy river swim under the dappled light from riverside trees is a quintessentially summer pastime. Jonathan Cowie has your guide to planning a safe river swimming adventure. 

Route planning: thing to consider when planning a river swim

Length of route.

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Jonathan is a year-round skins swimmer with a particular love of very cold water. He has competed in ice swimming competitions around the world. He is a qualified open water coach with a particular love of introducing new swimmers to the open water.