Open Water Swimming

Come and swim with us

AM activ hosts open water sessions at Lake Ashmore in partnership with Liquid skillz.

  • Changing rooms, lockers and showers facilities.

  • Snacks and hot drinks available in the purpose built club house.

  • Plenty of cark parking spaces.

  • Large lake

  • introduction to open water swimming  for beginners & novices.

2021 Open water season starts on Sunday 11th April , bookings go live on the 4th April via the NOWCA booking app. All swim slots will be released  two weeks in advance.

  New for our 2021 season:

We are now registered  with the National  Open Water Coaching Association (NOWCA).

Swimmers can enjoy the open water assured that the NOWCA venue they swim at uses a proven and robust safety system based around having a raised awareness of YOU in the water. 

Every NOWCA member swimmer receives a safety wristband which can be used to access a network of affiliated venues around the UK.  

PLEASE NOTE- you will have to register with NOWCA to swim with us. Please visit NOWCA website on, Open Water Swimming Events Near Me - NOWCA - Official website

You can also register with NOWCA here: 

Remember to select Lake Ashmore to pick up your wristband.

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. As operators, we will know who and how many swimmers are in the water, 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, just like wearing a chip at a triathlon.

All open water swimming sessions can be booked through the NOWCA BOOKING APP, see below:

ACTIO App - NOWCA - Official website

More info on our sessions:

Our  open water swimming  season will run from Sunday 11th April  through to  Sunday 26th September.


Adults,£6:00 per person.

Children 14 and over who want to swim unguided, £6:00, (must be experienced open water swimmers).

Children under 14 who swim with their parents or guardians,£3:00, (paid onsite on the day).

All costs include the online booking fee.

Sessions schedule:

Wednesday and Friday evening 17:30-19:00pm.

Sunday afternoon 14:30-16:30pm.

We also run private open water swimming sessions for swim/triathlon clubs and small groups. Please email us for more details on private sessions.

Once a fortnight  from May we will be running an introduction to open water swimming group session, cost £15 per person.

The intro session is for swimmers who are new to open water swimming who want to gain confidence in open water. We will coach you the basic fundamentals of front crawl swimming  for open water. You will need a wetsuit and a bright coloured swim hat and be able to at least swim 300 meters in a pool front crawl . PLEASE NOTE- these sessions are not for total beginners to swimming you do need to be able to swim. Minimum age is 15.

Alternatively you can book a 1-2-1 with one of our open water swimming coaches, cost £35. Please email us for more info on our  intro group or 1-2-1 coaching sessions.

Lake Ashmore have their own Covid-19 guidelines in place. Toilets and changing rooms are open but only one person is allowed in at a time into the changing rooms, showers are not in use. You must wipe everything down you have touched with the antibacterial wipes inside the changing rooms and toilets, (wipes provided). Lake Ashmore are still serving hot and cold beverages from their kiosk but the clubhouse is closed to the public. Please visit their site for more info

Please use the main car park and walk directly to the open water swimming meeting point. Just follow the gravel track road that’s situated on the right hand side of the wakeboarding area.


Please click on our site map for more directions. 

Arrive at lakeside no more than 15 mins before your swim slot. A member of our team will check that you are on our list and then let you in. You may be asked to wait if you arrive any earlier. Please be patient with our team, we will get you in swimming as quick and as safely as possible. Please use the hand sanitiser on entry and exit.

The swim meeting point will be set up similar to a triathlon transition. Only swimmers and one other family member to help you in your wetsuit will be allowed to enter. Families who are all swimming can enter together. If you want you can arrive in your wetsuit ready to swim.

In transition please adhere to the social distancing guidelines set by the government  ( currently 2 meters apart). There will be cones marked out for you to use as a guide on where to set up. Social distancing also applies  while you are swimming unless you are swimming with  someone from the same household.

There are marked  entry and exit signs into and out of the water, please check in and out of the water with the spotter at  bank-side to scan your wristband. The spotter will also give you a safety briefing if you have not swam with us before or if there are additional safety measures in place for the session.

If you are new to our open water swimming sessions please let the team know. We will spend time with you going through our procedures to make sure you get the most out of your swim. 

If you need assistance once out in the water please roll over onto your back and wave and shout if you can at our safety team. A safety kayak will come over to you. Please note for this reason BACK STROKE  swimming is not allowed at our venue. Two reasons for not allowing back stroke, one- we will think you need our assistance and two, you wont be able to see where you are going.

The swim routes are marked  out by swim buoys, the swim routes and distances are displayed at the swim entry point. You can also see the routes below.


You can find a map to our swim routes here:

When you leave the transition please check out at our entry/exit desk and use the hand  sanitiser. Please  keep your distance from people arriving. We advise washing your kit once home.

Have a great swim! Remember all of our team work on a voluntary basis to put these sessions on so please be patient with them.  The other alternative was not to open up our sessions to the public at this difficult time; we have worked hard with our insurers and British triathlon to put these sessions on and are looking forward to seeing you all.

If you have any further questions please feel free to email us. 

Note - we can not offer you a refund on your swim if you decide not to turn up. 


Please email us if you have any questions or if you need more details -

Open water is a fantastic experience, but it does come with its risks.    Please read and abide by our terms and conditions below:

  • NOWCA wristbands must be worn at all times at our swim sessions. If you lose your band you will be charged for a new one.

  • Minor cuts and abrasions must be covered up with a plaster. If you have any deep cuts you must not swim.

  • Do not swim if you are unwell.

  • Do not swim if you are taking medication which may affect your ability to swim safely.

  • If you are unwell after open water swimming and suffering with flu-like symptoms or headaches please see your GP ASAP and inform them you have been swimming in open water.

  • Try not to ingest any water while swimming in open water.

  • Do not eat after open water swimming until you have washed your hands in fresh water.

  • It is compulsory to wear brightly coloured swim hats so you can clearly be seen in the water, (NO HAT, NO SWIM).

  • Wetsuits are mandatory if the water temperature is under 15 degrees Celsius.

  • Above 15 degrees it is still recommended you wear a wetsuit especially if you are a novice open water swimmer or not accustom to swimming in cold water.

  • Registered cross channel swimmers can swim without a wetsuit, but you will need to show proof that you have completed your qualifying swim.

  •  Swim tow floats are compulsory if you swim without a wetsuit on.

  • You must check in with the open water organiser on arrival and check out directly after exciting the water.

  • Please swim in groups or pairs for you own safety.

  • Please read safety notes on the notice board at every session.

  • If you are new to our sessions please make the safety team aware of this so they can give you a safety briefing.

  • Please be alert to the environment and other swimmers around you and make the organisers aware of any concerns you may have or if you see other swimmers in distress.

  • It is your responsibility to check the organiser has your emergency contact details.

  • Under 14s must swim with an adult at all times. 14-18 year olds can swim on their own providing they are experienced open water swimmers and have undertaken an assessment swim with one of our safety team.

  • Back stroke is not permitted at any time during the session.


Please do not come to our swim sessions if you are symptomatic of Covid-19, living in a household with Covid -19 infection OR if you are classified as extremely vulnerable on health grounds.

Click here to book our open water swim sessions

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