Open Water

swimThe Club doesn’t run its own open water session, however there are several open water venues available locally over the summer months – usually May to September dependent on water temperature. Details of these are below. Check our training calendar to see what’s open.

Anyone considering open water swimming should be able to swim at least 800m continuously. We advise that you speak to one of the Club coaches before attending for the first time and read the terms and conditions of the organising Club for the venue where you intend to swim. Juniors (under 16) should contact the organising Club before attending.

At most venues it is compulsory to swim in a wetsuit and other conditions may apply. All venues require swimmers to sign a declaration before swimming for the first time each year. These forms are usually available to download from the organising Club’s website.

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Lavender Patch 

Times: Wednesday 6.30-7.30pm; Saturday 9.30-11.30am – MVH Tri Club

             Thursday 6.00-7.30pm – Ashbourne Tri Club

Cost: Adult members £5

Sessions organised by MVH Tri Club (www.mvhtriclub.com) – Wednesday & Saturday, or Ashboune Tri Club – Thursday.

This is a small, relatively shallow, and sheltered lake. The marked swim course is about 500m round. Ideal for ‘novice’ swimmers. There are no showers or changing facilities.

Location: Hall Croft Farm, Hilton, DE65 5FZ

 

Barton Marina 

Swimming is in the small lake on the right as you enter the marina.

Times: Wednesday 5.45-7.30pm; Saturday 8.30-10.30am

Cost: Adults £5

Session organised by Derby Triathlon Club (www.derbytriathlonclub.co.uk). This is a small, relatively shallow lake about 500m round and ideal for ‘novice’ swimmers. There are no showers or changing facilities but there are toilets, cafes and shops at the marina complex nearby.

Location: Barton Marina, Barton Turn, Barton under Needwood, DE13 8DZ.

 

Blithfield Resevoir 

Times: Thursday 6.00-7.30pm (8pm when light permits)

Cost: Adults £5

Session organised by Stafford Tri Club (www.staffordtri.com). This is a very large, deep lake. It can be rough and very cold so only recommended for more experienced swimmers. The marked swim course is 800m long. Showers and changing facilities available. All swimmers must sign a declaration before swimming for the first time. This is available from the Stafford Tri Club website. here.

Location: Blithfield Sailing Club, Blithfield Reservoir, Waters Lane, Abbots Bromley, WS15 3DU

 

Bosworth Water Park 

Times: Thursday 5.30-8.00pm; Saturday 7.00-9.00am

Cost: £5

Session organised by Bosworth Water Trust. A smaller lake, deep in places  with a marked 1km lap. Chip timing. Showers and changing facilities available + café on site. Free parking for swimmers. Swimmers must register with NOWCA before swimming for the first time.

Location: Bosworth Water Trust, Market Bosworth, Leics, CV13 6PD

 

Cliff Lakes Waterpark (formerly West Midlands Water Ski Centre)

Times: Summer – Monday & Thursday 5.30 – dusk; Saturday 7.00 – 10.30am                                                       Cost: Adults £5 (or £45 for 10). Winter swimming also available.

Swimmers must register with NOWCA before swimming for the first time.

Showers and changing facilities available.

Confidence sessions and 1-2-1 available.

For more details visit their website or phone 07588 395792.

Location: Tamworth Road, Cliff,  Tamworth, Warwickshire, B78 2DL

Chasewater Country Park 

Times: Thursday 6.00-8.00pm & Saturday 7.30-9.00am

Cost: £5 

Changing facilities, showers and refreshments available.

Open water swim courses available.

All swimmers must register with NOWCA before swimming for the first time.  

For more details visit their website, email chaseowt@gmail.com or ring 07974 257086.

Location: Chaswater Country Park, Brownhills, WS8 7NL