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Open Water Swimming is provided by Ellingham Water Ski & Wakeboard Club. If you are looking for amazingly clean water to train in - then this is the lake to come to. The lake has the following distance loops marked out by yellow swim buoys: 400m, 750m and 1200m.

When are the sessions?

- Wednesday and Saturday mornings (6am to 8am between April and October)
- Monday evenings (6:30pm to 8:30pm, not on Bank Holidays or during the July/August school holidays).

Please note that the final Monday session before the summer holidays is Monday 22nd July.

How much does it cost?


- NOWCA Member: £6
- Non Member: £9

Do you have lifeguards?

Yes, we have 3! Sessions are monitored by one lifeguard on the dock and two out on the water on paddleboards. All 3 are in constant radio contact making sure you're all looked after. Please note that if we are ever short on lifeguards (this happens very rarely) then we will need to close the 1200m loop in order to monitor everyone effectively.

What do I need to bring with me?

A brightly coloured swim hat, cash to pay with and a wetsuit. Please note that we are very happy to accept non-wetsuit swimmers as long as they are accustomed to cold water and swim regularly without one. If you are a newbie and simply do not own a wetsuit, you will need to wait until the water is much warmer - this is for your own safety and enjoyment.

Can I swim as a guest without signing up for NOWCA membership?

Yes you can (£9), but you will need to fill in some details before you swim, so please allow time to do this. We recommend arriving before 7am for the morning sessions or before 7pm for the evenings.

How much is the membership and how do I get it?

It's £12 for the whole year and your swims are £6 instead of £9, so it's worth doing if you are going to swim 4 times or more within the next 12 months. Please sign up online BEFORE your first swim at www.nowca.org - hit the red 'REGISTER' button at the top of the page, complete the form, citing our venue name and you will be able to collect your wristband from us ready for your first swim! Your wristband can be used at all the NOWCA safety accredited lakes and venues all over the country.

**Please note that NOWCA members holding a red wristband will be given priority if there is a queue when they arrive at the lake**

Do you have an age limit?

Children under 16 should be accompanied by an adult in the water, but we do not have an age limit. We simply ask that you take responsibility for the child you are accompanying - please be sensible and take into account their ability/confidence level before you enter the water. Please note that NOWCA memberships for under 16s can't be purchased online - you'll need to do this on site.

Do you have any coaches available for private sessions?

Tim McDowell, experienced swim coach and lifeguard is available for coaching sessions should you need some help on your technique. Please get in contact with us if you would like to arrange a session.

Other notes

There is always a warm shower & a cup of coffee to enjoy after your swim, chatting with fellow swimmers. Wetsuits need to be removed before entering the clubhouse!

Car Parking: only on the area to the right as you enter the lake (Transition for RNF events). Limited to the duration of the swim session, swimmers need to be off site by 09.00 when the lake opens for skiing.

Contact our Swim Manager Flo Morgan-Wood for more info by emailing ellinghamopenwaterswim@gmail.com.

Or check out our Facebook page here: https://www.facebook.com/Ellingham-Open-Water-Swim-507822332933381/

All swimmers must wear their NOWCA Safety Wristband every time they swim. It's your personal profile on your wrist, you use it to scan yourself in to and out of the water. Guest swimmers will be given a temporary wristband to wear which they must return at the end of the session.

As operators, the NOWCA wristband system means we know how many swimmers are in the water (and who they are), at any time. This is important for managing your swim safety.

For you as a swimmer, wearing your NOWCA Safety Wristband will speed your entry into the water plus record your swim time and distance.
Open Water Swimming
Opening Times 
Wednesdays 6am - 8am, swimmers need to be off site by 9am
Mondays 6.30pm - 8.30pm, swimmers need to be off site by 9:00pm (last session was July 22nd, will resume in Sept)
Saturdays 6am - 8am, swimmers need to be off site by 9am
Ellingham Drove
BH24 3PJ
United Kingdom
Telephone Number 
07506 380 238