Open Water Swimming Rules

Open Water Swimming Rules:

  • The Open Water swim season will only run when the water is consistently above 12C
  • You must be capable of completing an 800 metre continuous swim.
  • You must not have any medical condition that may impact your ability to safely partake in open water swimming. If you are unsure seek the advice of a GP.
  • Please ensure you understand our safety rules & read/sign our watersports indemnity form, available online – also available on site before taking part in this activity.
  • Before each swim make sure you check in at the Dams Watersports Clubhouse Reception, and ensure you understand which lake to use and the swimming route. Be aware of boats. No swimming allowed on the lake where and when the boat is operating – stick to designated swim times and the allocated lake for each session.
  • You must wear a brightly coloured swim hat 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, or try to reach the nearest shoreline.
  • A lifeguard will be present during all swim sessions. In the event of seeing another swimmer getting into difficulty, you must raise the alarm to the lifeguard or a member of staff.
  • In the event of a thunderstorm, failing light, fog or high winds the lifeguard or member of staff may decide to end a session. If you are asked to exit the lake then please do so immediately.
  • Be aware of Swans as they can attack defending their nest, young and territory.
  • Be aware of swimmer’s itch that can occur after you go swimming or wading outdoors – swimmer’s itch is most common in warm freshwater lakes and ponds.
  • You must acknowledge the risks associated with swimming in open water, that the lake is a natural environment. Lake banks/steps may be slippery, there may be sharp stones and shells underfoot. There are various 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.