The Club doesn’t run its own open water session, however there are several open water venues available locally. Most venues are open from about May to September dependent on water temperature. Cliff Lakes also runs a cold water swim session throughout the winter. Details of all these are below. Check our training calendar to see what’s open and check with the venue to make sure nothing has changed before you set out.
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. Some venues require swimmers to have NOWCA membership before they swim; others 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.
Times: Wednesday 6.30-7.30pm; Saturday 9.30-11.30am – MVH Tri Club
Cost: Adult members £5
Sessions organised by MVH Tri Club (www.mvhtriclub.com).
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
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.
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
Cliff Lakes Waterpark
Summer – Monday & Thursday 5.30 – dusk; Saturday & Sunday 8.00 – 11.00am Cost: Adults £5. Swimmers must register with NOWCA before swimming for the first time.
Winter – Cold water swim – Saturday 10-11am. Cost: £6 (no NOWCA membership needed)
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
Times: Thursday & Friday 1-7.30pm; Saturday & Sunday 7am – 3.30pm
Free parking, showers & changing rooms available + cafe, shop and equipment hire. Before swimming complete a declaration on their website at
Location: Dosthill Quarry, Church Lane, Dosthill, Tamworth, B77 1LU
Bosworth Water Park
Times: Thursday 5.30-8.00pm; Saturday 7.00-9.00am
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
Chasewater Country Park
Times: Thursday 6.00-8.00pm & Saturday 7.30-9.00am
Changing facilities, showers and refreshments available.
Open water swim courses available.
All swimmers must register with NOWCA before swimming for the first time.
Location: Chaswater Country Park, Brownhills, WS8 7NL