Nene Outdoors logoOpen water swimming in Gunwade Lake

Group enjoying open water swimming in a lake

Please note the 2020 open water swimming season ends on 1st October.

Open water swimming is one of the fastest growing sports in the country combining an opportunity to improve fitness with an enjoyment of the outdoors.  Whether you are training for a triathlon or just want to take part in an activity which is sociable as well as good for you, we welcome all swimmers to our regular weekly sessions every Thursday evening from 5:30pm to 7:00pm.

No need to book but swimmers must be registered with NOWCA.  Enjoy your first swim free when you sign up to NOWCA with Nene Outdoors as your home venue! 

The Course

The course is a 400m rectangular circuit on Gunwade Lake marked out by four yellow buoys. Swimmers are required to swim in an anticlockwise direction around the course and they can complete the course as many times as they like within the swim session. 

Safety

Open Water Swimming can be more difficult than swimming in a pool and so swimmers must be confident in the water and able to swim a minimum of 1000 meters (1 Km) unaided in a pool setting. Swimmers are advised to wear a wetsuit in the lake and this is compulsory for swimmers under 16 years old. Unfortunately wetsuits are currently not available to hire due to coronavirus restrictions. Swimmers must also use a tow float (provided), wear a brightly coloured swim hat and a NOWCA wristband. These wristbands allow us to see easily who is on and off the water and you can also track your swim sessions. The course will be patrolled by a safety boat and kayak-based spotter throughout the swim session.

open water swimmers ready to go in lakeRegistration
There is no need to book to come along to our swim sessions but you do need to register in advance with NOWCA so you can receive your wrist band when you arrive at Nene Outdoors. Register online at: www.nowca.org. It's £12 to register for the season and your first swim session at Nene Park will be free.

Session costs:
Each swim session will cost £5.50, with your first session free when you've registered with NOWCA.

For more information, take a look at our Pre-swim information and responsibility statement.

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