Newbie

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Don Riddington, a newbie to open water swimming coached by Grant Siedle, crossing the English Channel at the age of 68 to join the Half Century Club
noun - Newbie is a beginner to the sport or a newcomer to a group, especially to a pod of open water swimmers or to the open water swimming community. Newbies are occasionally assisted by swim angels.

The newbie was a fast pool swimmer, but showed up with a wetsuit at the beach workout.

Synonyms

Beginner, newcomer

Antonym

veteran

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