Open Water Swimming

The last Tuesday night swim will finish on the 17th September 6-7.30pm

Saturday mornings will continue until the numbers drop under 15 so unto you, we can continue as long as you want to keep coming. From the 12th October the swim will take place from 10am to 1130am

We are pleased to offer you the NOWCA ‘in-play’ RFID system which tracks your swim and performance, and from where you’ll be able to manage your own personal leisure swimming and racing profile online.

We are better able to manage your safety in the water using the same RFID tags and you’ll be able to purchase bulk swims and store them on your band, which means, you don’t have to carry cash every time you swim anymore.

At just £12 for the year, please visit this website link to purchase your personal profile swim band before the start of the season for us to get up and running. Please ensure to sign up under Manley Mere. https://www.nowca.org/Account/Register

Open water swimming will commence at Manley Mere every Tuesday 6pm – 8pm from the 7th May and every Saturday from the 11th May 9am-10.30am through to September.

The cost for NOWCA swim members will be £6.50 per swim, if you are not a NOWCA member the cost will be £10.00 per swim, you will be provided with a NOWCA guest band and will need to register your details digitally at Manley Mere before you can proceed to swim. If you intend to swim more than three times throughout the season it is more cost effective for you to join NOWCA.

Please see www.nowca.org for opening times, opening days, facilities, events and/or races at Manley Mere.

We have safety officers on the water. Wetsuits must be worn. The chameleon bar and restaurant will be open for refreshments. Free onsite parking for swimmers. Changing Rooms, toilets and showers available.

Please register with NOWCA before your first swim. You will need to declare any facts which may affect your participation in the swim.

  • All swimmers must enter and exit the water within the designated areas (unless in an emergency).
  • All swimmers are required to wear a wetsuit (unless the water temperature is 23 degrees +) and swim cap.
  • Strictly no diving or jumping into the water.
  • Swim in a clockwise direction and please stick to the courses marked out
  • Every child under the age of 16 MUST be accompanied by an adult in the water and are limited to the 250m course. Minimum age 8 years.
  • For those of you that have had no or little experience in open water swimming, we ask that you stick to the 250m course and swim with a buddy.
  • Raise your arm for attention. If you cannot get to shore, roll onto your back and raise your arm and wait for help.
  • Swimming time is limited to 1 hour per swimmer.
  • Please remove your wetsuit before entering the restaurant area

Wear a Wetsuit

This will not only keep you warm, but also act as a buoyancy aid. If you are a member of an open water swimming association or entered and training for a non wetsuit event, you may be exempt from this rule, but only if you seek prior permission, please inform us when you sign in and tick in the bracket when signing on.