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OPEN WATER SWIMMING

 

Open Water Swimming

Open Water Swimming has without a doubt been one of the most popular outdoor activities for Summer 2020.

With many pools remaining closed following COVID-19, more and more swimmers were looking for alternative places to train. We were absolutely delighted to be able to offer them our lake to do so in.

But the open water isn't just for triathletes and club swimmers, in-fact it really is for everyone. This summer our coach Vicky has introduced swimmers ranging from 8 years to 70 years old to the joys of open water swimming here at Mersea Boating Lake.

Swimming in the open water is proven to be good for both your mental and physical well-being and who wouldn't want to enjoy a swim outside with the sun in the sky above you, or when a beautiful rainbow follows the rain. So whether you are a head down front crawl swimmer or heads up breast stroke swimmer, the open water offers something for everyone.

Water temperatures in the open water are cooler than pools and can range anywhere between 16-26 degrees in summer months. It is therefore very important to acclimatise properly and keep up the regular swims or dips, but always be aware of your own ability. Wetsuits are optional at the lake but if you do chose to swim without, then we must insist that a tow float is worn for both visibility on the lake and safety.

Introduction to Open Water Sessions are available to book with our coach Vicky. These sessions are ideal for anyone new to the open water and include a land based question & answer session covering safety information, hazards & risks, kit, cold water acclimatisation techniques, float to live and a supervised group swim.

Intermediate & Advanced Sessions are also available to book either as a private 121 or group session and these will include stroke analysis, efficiency and open water skills including sighting, drafting, pack swimming and buoy turns.

Vicky can be contacted by:
Email info@swimspirational.co.uk 
Website: www.swimspirational.co.uk

We also offer Doggy Swimming and Family Fun Swimming here at the lake.

Doggy Swimming – Dogs are welcome to swim at the lake accompanied by their owner.

Family Fun Swimming - We run family fun swim sessions, that are great fun for a place the while family can come and swim, we encourage you to bring your inflatables down and have some fun in our designated swimming zone. 

 

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Activity Peak Off Peak
Lake Day Pass £5.00 £5.00

There is a life guard on duty, however children are your own responsibility and non-swimmers must wear flotations devices in the water.


PEAK - May to August:

Monday to Friday 10 am to 7 pm.

OFF PEAK - September to April: 

Monday to Friday 10 am to 4 pm.

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