Swimming Guides

Taking on a charity swimming challenge is not only a great way to raise money for Macmillan but it’s also a fantastic way of keeping fit. Whether you’re an absolute beginner or a seasoned pro, we have plenty of opportunities to get you in the water and guides to help you along the way

First thing's first. Download The Macmillan swimming guide. It's packed full of useful information including how to improve your swimming technique, tips for swimming in open water, which stretches and conditioning will help during your preparation, and lots of nutritional and recovery tips.

When you're ready, choose a training plan which is right for you and download it below.

Training plans for beginners

Is this the first time swimming at your chosen distance? Perhaps your first swimming event at all? Our beginners training guides are here to guide you through.

Training plans for improvers

Your're not exactly new to swimming but not quite Rebecca Adlington or Adam Peaty just yet. Maybe you've swam a one-mile event but looking to step up to a two-mile or open water swim. Our intermediate training guides will help you progress.