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Swimming at Stanwick Lakes

A beautiful location for Organised Open Water Swimming in Northamptonshire.

With over a dozen lakes and beautiful scenery, Stanwick Lakes seems like the perfect place for open water swimming. As a nature reserve, and a designated SSSI (Site of Special Scientific Interest), we have some restrictions on how we can use the lakes but, with approval from Natural England, we are happy to be able to offer a second season of open water swimming sessions on Brightwater Lake.

There are many benefits associated with open water swimming including improved sleep and circulation, increased metabolism, boosted immune system and a happier mood! There are nine confirmed dates running through the 2024 summer season, with sessions being held on Friday evenings. What better way to start your weekend?

If you’re interested in visiting us to enjoy this invigorating and increasingly popular sport, please read on.
Swimming at Stanwick Lakes is only permitted during organised Open Water Sessions. Tickets are at the very bottom of this page.

We will submit a sample of water to test for quality in due course  but anticipate excellent results, as was the case last year.

We ask that all swimmers understand the following and accept this statement during the booking process:

Participant Pledge:

Participating in open water swimming requires fitness and skill. I confirm that I have done sufficient training to ensure that I am fit enough to cope with the demands of open water swimming and that my technical skills are adequate for the activity. I accept that taking part is by its nature hazardous and contains certain inherent risks and I accept that I owe a significant duty of care to Rockingham Forest Trust and its organising partner(s) as well as to other swimmers, to act responsibly and follow all safety instructions. This includes but is not limited to:

– Only entering the water when given the all clear to do so by the session leader
– Wearing a brightly coloured swim hat at all times when in the water
– Wearing a wetsuit and/or tow float
– Following the prescribed swim course
– Complying with the instruction to exit the water at the end of my current lap in the event of a course evacuation or the end of the session (signalled by an air horn)
– Being aware of other swimmers and summoning assistance if I notice a swimmer in difficulty.

I confirm that I, or those I book on behalf of, meet the age requirements set out by Rockingham Forest Trust and its organising partner(s). 

I accept that in the event of my requiring medical attention, Rockingham Forest Trust (RFT) and its organising partner(s) take no responsibility for the treatment provided for any unreported existing condition which increases the risk of a medical emergency. I acknowledge that RFT has relied on this statement (in its entirety) in accepting my participation in the open water sessions at Stanwick Lakes and that if I was unable or unwilling to agree to all the matters set out above in this statement of responsibility RFT would not allow me to participate. All statements of fact are true.

I understand I will be asked to review and agree to up to date Participant Disclaimers on the day of any swim.

There are circumstances when it may not be possible to go ahead with a swim session. We hope we can communicate arrangements in good time, but sometimes it might be last minute, as safety checks for open water swimming are always ongoing, whether it is due to water testing, weather conditions or volunteer numbers. We will do everything we can to get the latest news to you as soon as possible.

Open Water Sessions at Stanwick Lakes:

Sessions must be booked in advance.

Dates (book below):

Friday 10th May
Friday 24th May
Friday 7th June
Friday 21st June
Friday 5th July
Friday 19th July
Friday 2nd August
Friday 16th August
Friday 30th August

Timings

Swim Session 1: 5.45pm – 6.45pm
Swim Session 2: 6.45pm – 7.45pm

Prices:

Single swim – £5.50

Parking charges apply – paid onsite.

Kit Requirements:

Tow float policy:

All swimmers must use a tow float.

Swim Hats:

A brightly coloured swim hat MUST be worn by all swimmers. Swimmers are advised it is best to have more than one option as varying light conditions make different colours easier/harder to be seen by the safety team. This may result in a hat being accepted one week and a swimmer asked to change it another week, this is for the swimmer’s safety. Swimmers are best to avoid blues and white.

Wetsuits:

The use of wetsuits is advisable for all swimmers when temperatures are between 11°C – 14°C. If the temperature is above 14°C, then wetsuits are optional.

Please note: There is NO wetsuit or tow float rental at Stanwick Lakes.

 

 

FAQs

What is the minimum age for organised open water swimming at Stanwick Lakes

No swimmers under 12 years old are permitted to swim. This may be reviewed for future seasons.

12 – 16 Years participation:

  • Is by prior arrangement with the Swim Director. Please email events@rftrust.org.uk to gain permission.
  • There must be a responsible adult aged 18 with the consent of the parent/legal guardian on site who must be appropriately positioned to be constantly watching the young person in the water.
  • Wetsuits and brightly coloured swim cap are compulsory.

16 – 18 Years participation is subject to having written permission from parent/legal guardian.

What kit do I need?

Wetsuits/swim hats and tow float policy

There is NO wetsuit or tow float rental.

Swim Hats – A brightly coloured swim hat MUST be worn by all swimmers. Swimmers are advised it is best to have more than one option as varying light conditions make different colours easier/harder to be seen by the safety team. This may result in a hat being accepted one week and a swimmer being asked to change it another week. This is for the swimmer’s safety. Swimmers are best to avoid blues and white.

Wetsuits – The use of wetsuits is advisable for all swimmers when temperatures are between 11°C – 14°C. If the temperature is above 14°C, then wetsuits are optional. All swimmers must use a tow float.

Can I bring my dog?

Whilst on-lead dogs are welcomed at Stanwick Lakes, we do not allow dogs to swim in the lake with swimmers. Any swimmers bringing dogs with them must ensure they are suitably looked after whilst the swimmer is in the water. This is the swimmer’s responsibility.

What facilities are available during Open Water Swimming sessions?

The Walker’s Rest outdoor refreshment kiosk and outside toilet facilities will be open until 8.15pm.

How much are car parking charges?

Car parking charges will apply – please see here for the charges. We encourage swimmers to consider becoming members at Stanwick Lakes. This provides year-round, unlimited parking for two registration plates at a cost of £42.00 and all income generated by this scheme goes to towards the management and upkeep of the Lakes.

What is the cancellation policy?

In the event that a swimmer needs to cancel their booked swim, please contact the events team who will endeavour to re-sell the space – events@rftrust.org.uk. If the space cannot be resold, we will not refund the ticket cost. There is no cancellation option within 48 hours of the booked swim.

Important:

On arrival, please check in with the Swim Director who will be by Brightwater Lake.

Open water swimming at Stanwick Lakes is designated to Brightwater Lakes at the designated times only.

Brightwater Lake is located less than a 5 minute walk from the Visitor Centre.

Due to the nature reserve being an SSSI, wild swimming is prohibited anywhere else on site, and outside of Open Water Swimming session times.

 

To book:

Open Water Swimming sessions must be pre-booked.

When booking, you agree to the Participant Disclaimer.

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