Open Water Swimming


Photo courtesy of Epic Events

Welcome to the 2023 Open Water swimming page

The Cumbria Open Water League (COWL) is returning for its fifth season hosted by Epic Events Management.
The League will follow the exact same format as last season.  There are four races, courtesy of Epic Events, of which you must compete in at least two to qualify for a League position. A points system will be used again this season where by each COWL competitor will be awarded points based on their time compared with the 1st COWL swimmer to cross the finish line. Your best two swims will be combined to give your final League position. 
The age groups and distances will remain as last season, which are:
  • 11 years to 13 Years 500m
  • 14 years and 15 years 1 mile
  • 16 years and over 1 mile
It is important that every competitor and their parent/guardian (if under 18) read the COWL entry conditions and the Risk Assessment. 

The four races are:
  • Ullswater on June 4th
  • Derwentwater on July 9th
  • Coniston of August 14th
  • Windermere on September 16th   

Registration is now open - please contact Mark Newby at


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