I signed up to do my first triathlon to raise money for charity. The only problem being that the swimming part was in a lake and I’d never swum in open water before. I joined the OW Virgins course with SwimOpen and it as really great, we started right from the beginning, learning how to put your wetsuit on properly and getting used to the colder water. By the end we were swimming full circuits of the lake! When it came to my triathlon I was totally prepared and it was an amazing experience. I’d highly recommend the OW Virgins course – the teaching was exceptional and the other swimmers were really fun too.