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.

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Swim Course

How Covid 19 Affects Swimming


Manley Mere is hoping to re open its doors at the beginning of June.

Unfortunately we will not be able to open all of Manley Mere but we hope activities will include the adventure trail, open water swimming, self launches and fishing.

Manley Mere is a family run business and it has taken us years to get where we are today, we would love nothing more than to open our doors to you right now, but our priority is the safety of our staff and customers. We are confident that we will have all the correct measures in place ready for reopening in June following government advice and guidelines.

We are currently receiving a number of enquiries with regards to fishing and swimming these are not currently available at Manley Mere please refer to the guide lines produced by the government yesterday, Tuesday 12th May 2020

People may exercise outside as many times each day as they wish. For example, this would include angling and tennis. You will still not be able to use areas like playgrounds, outdoor gyms or ticketed outdoor leisure venues, where there is a higher risk of close contact and touching surfaces. You can only exercise with up to one person from outside your household – this means you should not play team sports, except with members of your own household.

Covid 19 Precautions
Wash your Hand Before and after using the water
If you or any one in your household is symptomatic Do not visit the centre
We recommend that participants change into there wetsuits in there own vehicles
Rental Wetsuits as always will be cleaned after use with disinfectant.

Swimming - Closed

10am - 11am
6pm - 8pm
9am - 10:30am
Site Facilities
Hot Showers
Cubicled changing Facilities
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
Water Quality tested Regularly
open water swimmer


If you are wanting to try out open water swimming and don't want to join as a member with NOWCAwe have the option of swimming as a GUEST.

As part of our agreement with NOWCA we are only able to allow a guest swimmer to swim with us  3 times before NOWCA membership is required.

To swim as a guest drop into the shop and let us know you want to swim as a guest and you will be asked to complete an online temporary form.


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: we have changing room on the side of the building
  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 the chameleon cafe 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 parent and children that these sessions are for long distance swimming and training purposes.

Junior Swim membership costs £4.50 

Junior Swimmer must be supervised by an adult at all times whilst in the water 

wetsuit rental


Guest Member


Junior Member 8yr - 16yr


session bundle


Wetsuit Rental


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