Outdoor Swimmer, the World’s premier open water swimming publication and supporter of BEST Fest (the World’s premier week-long open water swimming festival!) have kindly allowed us to re-publish their recent 4 part ‘Beginners Guide’ to open water swimming.

With grateful thanks to BEST Fest collaborators Outdoor Swimmer. Please visit for more Open Water Swimming articles and content.


Read what the papers and specialised magazines said about BEST Fest.


Huub at Best Fest 2017 from Huub Design on Vimeo.

BEST FEST 2016 – The Open Water Swimming Festival from Quintessence on Vimeo.

Video of British competition director Bernie Dietzig.

These are promo videos for ‘Team Italia’ organised by Luciano Vietri.
Luciano came to BEST Fest as a solo swimmer, but loved it so much he started organising training and racing trips for other Italian swimmers!
We’re looking forward to seeing Team Italia again in 2018.