Open Water activities

DAMS Watersports offer a growing range of Open Water activites, from swimming to paddle boarding on our own rentable paddle boards. Visitors can enjoy free parking, outdoor showers, toilets, and access to changing rooms. A lifeguard will be present at all scheduled swim sessions. Regular water tests are carried out to ensure our water meets all environmental and health standards.

Open Water Swimming

Whether you are a competitive swimmer, a triathlete or just enjoy “wild swimming” DAMS Watersports invites you to make use of the brand new open water swim sessions from May 1st through until October 31st.

The Open Water swim season will only run when the water is consistently above 12C

£5 per swim, £45 for 10 swims, £80 for 20 swims, £150 for a 2021 Season Pass. 

All bookings need to be made 1 hour in advance. We do not offer refunds on bookings. If you provide at least 48 hour notice you can reschedule your booking.

Before booking, please ensure you’ve checked the info & rules, below!

Paddle Boarding

Paddle boarding (SUP) is a fun activity to be enjoyed by all, whether as a group or as an individual. Growing in popularity, it offers a great workout and an exciting way to explore our beautiful natural North Lake.

Children must be over the age of 10 and be able to swim 50m in order to take a board out on their own. Children aged 6-10 years old can share a board with an adult.

For a specific group booking enquiry outside of operating hours, please email us directly. If you’re new to paddle boarding and would like to book a guided lesson please check out ‘Just Paddle UK’ under ‘Other Activities’ for more information.

£15 per hour per person, (this includes board, paddle and buoyancy aid). We have 8 single boards, and 2 super-sized boards (max 6 persons, or 450kg weight capacity) available for hire. To stop the spread of invasive aquatic species, bringing your own board is not allowed.

For all paddle board bookings please email us 24hrs in advance via [email protected] to book your session on the water.

Before booking, please ensure you’ve checked the info & rules, below!

Swimming times:

  • Mon: 18:00-20:00 (N)
  • Wed: 18:00-20:00 (N)
  • Fri: 07:00-08:30 (N)
  • Sat: 16:00-18:00 (N)
  • Sun: 09:00-11:00 (N)

Key: N= North Lake, A= Aquapark Lake.

Paddle Boarding times:

For all paddle board bookings please email us 24hrs in advance via [email protected] to book your session on the water.

DAMS Race Series

Taz’s Time Trials – The TTT

Held on the first Saturday of every month, the TTT is our regular timed swim event around the DAMS Watersports lakes! Follow our social media page for more details nearer the time.