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

How Covid 19 Affects Swimming

  • NO NEED TO PRE BOOK  
  • NOWCA MEMBERS ONLY NO GUESTS
  • ONSITE CAFE NOW OPEN
  • PLEASE CHANGE INTO YOUR WETSUIT WITH YOUR CAP, GOGGLES AND WRIST BAND BEFORE YOU SCAN IN
  • IF YOU ARE COLLECTING A WRIST BAND THIS WILL BE READY TO COLLECT AS YOU SCAN IN
  • PLEASE SCAN IN AT THE SHOP USING THE ONE WAY 2 METRE MARKERS
  • ONCE SCANNED IN PLEASE ENTER STRAIGHT INTO THE WATER FOLLOWING THE MARKERS
  • YOU MUST SWIM IN A CLOCKWISE DIRECTION USING THE YELLOW MARKERS 250, 500 OR 750 METRES
  • WE ASK THAT YOU DO NOT STAND OR CONGREGATE AT THE BUOYS PLEASE KEEP SWIMMING
  • PLEASE SWIM TWO METRES APART UNLESS YOU ARE FROM THE SAME HOUSE HOLD
  • ONCE YOU HAVE FINISHED PLEASE EXIT USING THE EXIT LANE WHERE YOU WILL BE SCANNED OUT, LET THE STAFF MEMBER KNOW YOUR DISTANCE
  • PLEASE CHANGE AT YOUR CAR THERE WILL BE NO CHANGING OR SHOWER FACILITIES OPEN
  • WE WILL NOT BE ABLE TO LOOK AFTER ANY KEYS OR OTHER ITEMS DURING YOUR SWIM
  • THERE WILL BE ONE TOILET BLOCK OPEN THIS WILL BE CLEANED TWICE A DAY
  • THERE WILL BE HAND SANITISER AVAILABLE AT THE SCAN IN STATION SHOULD YOU REQUIRE IT
  • SAFTEY COVER WILL BE KEPT TO A MINIMUM THERE WILL BE A PADDLE BOARD ON THE BACK OF THE SAFETY BOAT SHOULD YOU REQUIRE RESCUE PLEASE DO NOT SWIM IF YOU ARE NOT CONFIDENT 
  • CHILDREN UNDER 14 MUST HAVE AN ADULT IN THE WATER AND USE A TOW FLOAT 
  • THE MANLEY MERE SHACK WILL BE OPEN FOR TAKE AWAY TEAS, COFFEES, HOT CHOCOLATES, COLD DRINKS, ICE CREAM, CAKES AND CRISPS LOCATED IN THE BOTTOM CAR PARK PLEASE USE THE 2 M MARKERS, HAND SANITISER WILL BE AVAILABLE PLEASE VISIT US
  • IF YOU HAVE A FAMILY MEMBER THAT WOULD LIKE TO SPECTATE OR WALK AROUND THE LAKE THAT IS FINE AS LONG AS THEY ARRIVE IN THE SAME CAR BUT WE ASK THAT YOU DO NOT CONGREGATE BY THE BEACH AREA IT IS FOR SWIMMERS ONLY IF YOU WISH TO SIT PLEASE DO SO ON THE BANK BY THE TAKE AWAY AREA 
  • WE HOPE YOU ENJOY BEING BACK IN THE WATER PLEASE BE PATIENT WITH US FOR THE FIRST COUPLE OF SESSIONS UNTIL WE FIND OUR FEET AS THESE ARE UNUSUAL CIRCUMSTANCES
OPEN-SWIM TIMES WILL CHANGE OCT TO DEC 10-11AM
Saturday & Sunday
10am-11am
OPEN-last evening swim 17th September
Tuesday
5.30pm-7.30pm
Thursday
5.30pm-7.30pm
Site Facilities
Hot Showers-closed
Cubicled changing Facilities-closed
Multiple Swim Distances
Chameleon Cafe open available for food and hot drinks
Swim safety team
Deweeding Facilties
Free car parking
Timing and distance monitoring
Swim Wetsuit Rental- not available
Water Quality tested Regularly
open water swimmer

NOT DURING COVID

 

 

 

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

Definatly:

  • 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)

Optional 

  • 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

zone3

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 

wetsuit rental
NOWCA MEMBERS

£6.50

Guest Member

Not currently available during Covid 19

Junior Member 8yr - 16yr

£4.00

NOWCA MEMBER 10
session bundle

Adults £60 Kids £35

Wetsuit Rental

Not currently available

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