open water swimming

Open Water Swimming

Open Water Swimming

Box End Park welcomes all open water swimmers who are looking for a venue to carry out swim training. Note that our swim sessions are not suitable for people looking for a beach area to relax, or for the kids to have a splash around!

Session should be pre-booked by clicking here:

Open Water Swimming

Box End Park is the perfect training venue for open water swimming.

  • Our lakes are spring fed, making the water incredibly clean and safe for swimmers
  • Our site is fully serviced with free secure car parking, outdoor changing rooms and lockers
  • We have land and water based lifeguards present during all sessions
  • We have a full range of rental wetsuits available for hire priced at £5 (these can be hired from reception on arrival)

Independent Swimming Coaches

If you are new to open water swimming, or looking to improve your technique, then we can recommend some great independent coaches who can help you with all elements of your swimming:

Mark Kleanthous Green Light PT Alice Barnes Swim Dynamics

We take great pride in our water quality and have it regularly tested to ensure it exceeds the standards recommended for bathing water. We also undergo a programme of lake dying and cutting to ensure weed is kept to a minimum.

Open Water Swimming Rules

  • You must be capable of swimming 750m without stopping
  • You must not have any medical condition (such as heart disease, asthma, epilepsy, diabetes) which may impact my ability to safely partake in open water swimming. If you are unsure, please seek the advice of a GP
  • You must check in at the Box End Park reception before each swim and ensure you understand the session timings and which lake to use
  • You must wear a brightly coloured swim hat and goggles at all times
  • You must enter and exit the water at the designated points
  • In the event you get into difficulty during the swim session, you must roll on to your back and signal for rescue by raising an arm in the air. 
  • A safety observer will be present during all swim sessions, however Box End Park will not provide full lifeguard cover. For this reason we strongly recommend you swim with a buddy or  swim within a 15m distance of another swimmer during the session. In the event of seeing another swimmer getting into difficulty, you must raise the alarm to a staff member
  • In the event of a thunderstorm, failing light, fog or high winds the safety observer may decide to end a session. If you are asked to exit the lake then please do so immediately
  • You must acknowledge that the lake is a natural environment. Lake banks may be slippery, there may be sharp stones underfoot. There are various ramps, buoys and ropes within the water which must be avoided. If you do not feel comfortable with these hazards then you should not swim in this open water environment
  • Our 5K grass running trail is open for people training before or after a booked swim, but not outside of these times.

Multisport Races

In addition to swim training, Box End Park hosts a full calendar of multisports events.

There is the chance to get involved in a range of races, from dog triathlons to long distance swim events.

Click here for a full list of events run at Box End Park

Multisport Races

Watersports Gift Vouchers

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