Open Water Swimming

Manley mere has offered open water swimming for a number of years and offers an open water swimming experience like no other. our site caters for numourise Watersports and with an experience staff team we ensure that we provide a open water swimming session to suit all abilities and levels of experience.

Site Info

Swim Course

Saturday & Sunday
Site Facilities
Hot Showers
Changing Facilities
250, 500 & 750 metre distance available
Chameleon Cafe open available for hot drinks & cakes
Swim safety team
Deweeding Facilties
Free car parking
Timing and distance monitoring
Swim Wetsuit Rental- not available
Water Quality tested Regularly
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So you've decided to get into open water swimming Great!!

when you arrive the side gate will be open for you (there is no need to pay the £2 parking fee)

  1. Drop into the shop and either let us know you are picking up your band, scan your band on our scanner or fill in the guest swimmer form
  2. pay for your swim:
  3. Get changed
  4. once changed come to the beach: at the beach you will meet a member of our staff team who can inform you on the swim distances, safety procedure and any helpful tips
  5. Don't hold off any more and take to the water
  6. once you are finished scan your band out at the beach and give them your distance
  7. Get changed and warm up
  8. Treat yourself visit the takeaway shack it is open during every swim offering a range of hot drinks and sweet treats


  • Swim Hat (without this you will be unable to swim)
  • Googles
  • Swimming costume 
  • Swim wetsuit (These are optional but highly recommended swimming with out one is for experienced swimmer only)(rental wetsuit are available from £10)
  • Towel
  • NOWCA Swim band (unless you are a guest or picking it up)


  • neoprene gloves, socks, hat
  • flip flops 
  • nose plug, ear plug
  • dry robe

We are partners with Zone 3and have a wide selection of sizes available to choose from 

Hire £10

We don't sell these wetsuits at the end of the season as we are charged full retail price meaning that we aren't able to offer suitable discounts on these wetsuits. however If you would like to pick up a swim wetsuit or check out the range


Open water swimming has its inherent risks so before you enter into the water we would recommend that you can swim 50m+ with out assistance.

Cold water shock 

The average temperature of the lake is roughly 15C this is cold enough if you are unprepared to suffer from cold water shock. To prevent this we recommend that participant were wetsuits to keep yourselves warmer in the water and to do some warm up exerciseses before heading off for a larger lap

Attracting attention 

if you do get into trouble the simplest solution is to  swim to the nearest edge as the lake depth makes it possible to stand up in most locations. alternatively swim to the nearest marker bouy and hold one.

If you are unable to get to a place of rest you can attract attention by laying on your back and raising your arm in the air and shouting out for assistance.

Our swims are always covered by powerboats  and SUP safety teams but due to the number of swimmers and the distances involved it will take a couple of seconds to reach you. 


Car parking is Free

for all swimmers the side gate will be opened 30 minutes before the start of the swim to allow people to get changed and get their swim credit 

YES *experienced swimmer only*

We do allow for swimmers to swim with out a wetsuit but would recommend that you  swim with it on first to allow yourself to warm up before taking it off. 

During the height of summer the water temperature can reach 20C+ so wetsuits are less used by swimmers

We do allow Children to swim during open water swimming session but would like to remind parents and children that these sessions are for long distance swimming and training purposes.

Junior Swim members swim £4 or £35 for 10 swims

Junior Swimmers under 14 years must be supervised by an adult at all times whilst in the water 

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