Pool Training

1. Swimfriends - Based in Tokyo, Swimfriends supports a worldwide outreach to the swimming community. Coach Steve Siegel offers adult swimming training for all levels at pools in downtown Tokyo. Contact Steve for details and schedules HERE or by email to admin@swimfriends.org. Advance bookings are required. 

2. NAS Triathlon School - swim lessons popular with TnT members; Mondays, 6:30-8:00, Osaki (大崎); NAS also has sessions in many other locations

3. e3 Fit - swim lessons in English and Japanese by former Japan OWS champion, Lisa Miyasugi

4. Shonan Bellmare - early morning training in Hon Atsugi and  Shonan-dai. Ask Mark for details.

5. Ocean Navi has  Let's Swim squads in Shin-Chiyoda, Machida, Mitaka, and Ofuna.

6. Pools in Tokyo - list of public pools in Tokyo, with links; this TimeOut article shows top 10 pools in Tokyo

7. SwimmersGuide - pools near you are shown on a map

5. Cycle routes to Hayama: for those considering cycling down to Hayama from Tokyo, Tim has shared two routes [1. Direct]  [2. Via Enoshima

6. Photos - Here are some photos of swimming in Hayama.

Hayama Open Water Swim Training

TnT members swim regularly at Ohama and Isshiki beaches in Hayama. The usual meeting spot is Hayama-koen (see map right). Information is posted on the Google Groups forum.

1. Information about swimming in Hayama, including access to Isshiki and Ohama, restaurants, gear for winter swimming

2. Weather:  Outdoor Tenki JP     Yahoo Weather     Windguru windsurfing forecast    Tides4Fishing

3. Sea temperature

4. Tides: daily high and low tide times

5. Jellyfish: suggestions for protection, prevention and treatment

Endless Pool Video Analysis

OWS Races

1. Rough Water Swim Japan Series - races in Oiso and Kamakura

2. Japan International Open Water Swimming Association (JIOWSA) - races around Japan. There is an aquathlon series with entries open up to a week before the race. It is possible to apply for English race entry for JIOWSA races using this form.

3. Hayama OWS race  (early July) - popular race for TnTers

4. Shonan OWS (early Sept) - tough 10 km annual race from Zushi to Enoshima


1. The Lanes in Spain - article about Vies Braves "Sea Tracks" in Spain - safe, marked open water swim routes

2. Making Waves - article in Metropolis magazine about some TnT swimmers

3. Wild Winter Swimming - article about the recent boom in winter OWS.

4. Benefits of Cold Water Swimming - article in VICE


1. Blueseventy - high quality race wetsuits, swimwear, thermal winter wetsuits, and neoprene socks, gloves, and caps (details of team discount in TnT Members' Forum).

2. THEMAGIC5 custom fitted swim goggles - scan your face with  the THEMAGIC5 smartphone app and order custom-made goggles.  (Details of team discount in TnT Members' Forum).

3.  Goggles - read TnT members' recommendations for swim goggles.

4. Sports Juen Ameyoko Kan  - specialist swim store in Tokyo

5. Swans Googles - online prescription googles; buy each lens separately, and a choice of nose pieces

6. Wetsuit Repair Factory -  you can send them your wetsuit for repair, or take it in to their shop in Hiratsuka