Open Water Swimming

Come and swim with us

Please note that our Open Water Swimming page will be updated in February 2021 for the up and coming season.



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.

Our  open water swimming  sessions  run from April to the end of September every Wednesday and Friday evening 17:30-19:00pm and Sunday afternoon 14:00-16:00pm.

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

Please note our Wednesday, Friday and Sunday sessions are for experienced open water swimmers only. Before booking please make sure you are familiar with all our open water swimming operating procedures below.

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 our open water swimming coach, cost £35. Please email us for more info on our  intro group or 1-2-1 coaching sessions.

Cost to swim on a Wednesday evening, Sunday afternoon and Friday morning, TBC FOR 2021:

£ plus online booking fee. Bookings can be made through the link below:

The  link to the  online booking system  will be posted every week on our Facebook page, AM activ Ltd. This will be done on a Monday evening for the following Sunday afternoon session and on a hursday evening for the following Wednesday evening session. Tickets go live at 6pm.

Due to the Covid-19  pandemic all swim sessions for 2020 will be run through the Eventbrite online booking system. Bookings close the morning of each session, there are no exceptions to this pre-booking rule! Strict social distancing guidelines together with hand sanitiser stations will be in action at our swim sessions. We are also limiting the numbers who can swim at our sessions.

You must read and sign our new code of conduct and disclaimer for 2020. Click on the link at the bottom of this page to open the disclaimer. Please send the disclaimer back via email to Make sure you have added your emergency contact details. 

NOTE-Disclaimers must be sent back 24 hours before your first swim session of the season , you will not be allowed to swim if we do not have your disclaimer back in time. Note- we are not excepting paper copies.

 All information is kept in accordance with G.D.P.R.

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 for your allocated time slot, this is arrival time not your actual get in and swim time. 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. 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:

Due to safety reasons for Covid -19, You Must only breaststroke from the swim entry point (for 20 meters) and  to the exit point, (for 20 meters). This breaststroke only zone is clearly marked by a marker buoy. This is to avoid people putting their faces in the water in the most frequently used areas.  Again the spotter will guide you.

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 for more details -

Please click on this link to  read and sign  our new Code of Conduct and disclaimer.

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