WHERE WOULD YOU LIKE TO SWIM TODAY?

We have providing ‘Just Swim’ and ‘Coached’ pool and open water swimming sessions for over 10 years now and have seen, improved, helped, introduced, coached and taught thousands or people over that time.

We have an expert team of coaches that include swimming teachers, ex-professional and top age-group triathletes and even international, medal winning swimmers.

We pride ourselves in making swimming as enjoyable, as un-intimidating and as easy as possible so that you will leave every session with us happy and full of self-pride in what you have achieved.

When: Every Wednesday at 9pm (12 months of the year)
Ability Level: All levels
Duration: 60 minute session

  • Exclusive use of the pool
  • Learn to swim coaching available 
  • Squad style swim for more advanced swimmers
About

Are you fed up with swimming on your own? Does all the swimming you’re doing consist of churning out length after length with no structure?

Are you sick and tired of not making progress with your swim fitness and stroke?

Are you intimidated by your local swim squad or triathlon club?

If you have asked yourself any of the questions above then we could have the perfect session for you at Richmond Pools on the Park.

This session is a squad style session that is open to anyone who wants to attend. There is no membership or joining fee required and it doesn’t matter if you can swim like Michael Phelps or whether you can swim at all.

Each week there will be a structured swim session catering for all ability levels, so apart from understanding what the aims and objectives for the session are (which will be explained by your rg:active coach) you just have to turn up and swim.

Each week there will also be a lane set aside for ‘swim teaching’ where one of the rg:active coaches on poolside will be able to help you improve your stroke, teach you the basics, introduce you to new drills and techniques or just offer some much needed guidance on what you are or are not doing in the water.

Venue

We swim at Pools on the Park based in Old Deer Park, Twickenham Road, Richmond TW9 2SF.

The Richmond based pool is a fantastic 33.3m indoor pool, so swimming all year round is not a problem.

Equipment

For the session you will need: 

Compulsory Kit:

  • Swimming costume
  • Goggles
  • Towel
  • Warm clothes for post session
  • Water bottle for hydration

Recommended Kit: 

If you don’t have any of these items please feel free to ask one of the rg:active team for advice or visit the rg:active online store where you can purchase these products and many more.

Travel

Coming soon.

When: Every Tuesday from 6:30pm (May to mid September)
Ability Level: All levels
Duration: 60 minute session

  • Exclusive use of the lido
  • Learn open water swim basics
  • Squad style swim for more advanced swimmers
About

Tuesday Evenings: There are two session times aimed at different abilities

6.30 – 7.30 pm: Aimed at people new to open water swimming who are keen to learn the basics from our experienced coaches, train with other people who have exactly the same worries and concerns. Whether it is your first time in a wet suit, your first time in open water, or you want to learn how to swim front crawl, we can offer you any advice you need, answer any questions you have, demonstrate and explain anything you want to make your fears and worries go away.

7.45 – 8.45 pm: Aimed at people who are experienced in open water swimming and who want to improve, get fitter, faster and cover more distance during the session.

There is no doubt that open water swimming can be a daunting experience to anyone doing it for the first time, whether you are a confident swimmer or not. The water is usually cold (especially in the UK), often very dark, you are wearing a tight rubber suit and there are lots of people of all different abilities around you probably thinking everything you are.

Well worry no more! rg:active are very please to offer everyone the opportunity to gain valuable open water training before your races with organised, coached open water swim sessions at a fantastic venue. These sessions have been running for a number of years now and have grown in popularity with people coming back week after week seeing their confidence grow and their swimming improve.

You can learn the basics of open water swimming from our experienced coaches, train with other people who have exactly the same worries and concerns as you do. Whether it is your first time in a wetsuit, your first time in open water, or you want to learn how to swim front crawl, we can offer you any advice you need, answer any questions you have, demonstrate and explain anything you want to make your fears and worries go away.

Venue

Located in London’s spectacular Hyde Park, the Serpentine Lido has been a Londoner’s escape for over 100 years. Come and experience the outdoors in a unique atmosphere and enjoy a relaxing swim in the Serpentine.

We are based next to the Lido Cafe just up from the famous Diana memorial foundation. There are changing facilities at the venue for before and after the session, and the cafe is always open before and after the session for those of you wanted to use it. Toilets are also available in the cafe as well as in the changing rooms. 

Equipment

For the session you will need: 

Compulsory Kit:

Recommended Kit: 

  • Neoprene gloves
  • Neoprene hat
  • Neoprene socks

If you don’t have any of these items please feel free to ask one of the rg:active team for advice or visit the rg:active online store where you can purchase these products and many more.

Travel

Coming soon.

When: weekly coached sessions available
Ability Level: All levels
Duration: 60 minute session

  • Experience open water for the first time
  • Learn stroke adaption for wetsuit swimming
  • Experienced ex-professional athlete coaches

NB: Swimming is not permitted at any time at Holme Pierrepoint outside of our operating hours.

About

We are excited to be launching open water swimming at the Holme Pierrepont National Water Sports Centre, the home of the Outlaw Triathlon.

The base for open water swimming is the old wake boarding lake, there is no need to check in at the main venue reception simply follow the signs for open water swimming and the check in and registration for swimming is all based at the wake boarding lake.

The ‘just swim’ session hours let open water swimmers swim freely during our open hours in the Wake Boarding Lake on the 400m or 750m loop. Sign up to swim ‘on the day’ for the session or via our online booking system.

Everyone is welcome to come and join us for open water swimming (16 yrs +), however due to the nature of open water swimming for your safety it is important that your are able to swim a minimum of 50m non-stop and have the ability to tread water for 1 minute, especially if you plan on swimming in the Wake Boarding Lake.

The Lake
There is a 400m and 750m loop in operation, please stick to these loops at all times in the same direction, to minimise the risk of swimmers colliding with each other.

Water Safety
All our sessions are monitored by water safety staff.
Entry to the water is not permitted until water safety staff are in place.
If you do get into trouble and need assistance please float on your back and raise and wave your hand to get their attention.

Coached Group Swims
We will be offering coached group swim sessions for £10 (members) £12 (non-members). If you are new to open water swimming this is a perfect place to start! Get taken through all the basics, from wetsuit fitting, sighting, technique and just simply gaining confidence in the water from our friendly coaching team! Please check our online booking system for availability.

Children’s Open Water Swimming
Open water swimming is currently adults only, you must be 16 years or older to be able to swim.
Unfortunately, we are unable to cater for children’s (15 years and younger) swimming at Holme Pierrepoint.
We are looking to introduce opportunities for children to open water swim in future as part of coached groups during our open hours.

Wetsuits
We recommend that all swimmers wear a swim specific wetsuit. The wetsuit will help to keep you warm but also offer a great deal of buoyancy and help keep you afloat.
A selection of swimming wetsuits are available to rent at £10 per swim on a first come basis.

Venue

There is a 400m and 750m loop in operation, please stick to these loops at all times in the same direction, to minimise the risk of swimmers colliding with each other.

Facilities:
Onsite car parking*
Changing facilitates
Toilets
Cafe & retail also available

Please note:

  • There are lockers, please do not leave bags in the changing rooms. Please lock your bags in your car or a locker once changed – there will be a key drop system in place for car keys only with the swim check in desk.
  • If cycling please bring a bike lock to lock your bike.
  • While we hope that everyone respects everyone belongings and we have a safe site, valuables left unattended any where on site are left at your own risk.

*Onsite car parking – this is currently free, please note Holme Pierrepoint Country Park have plans to install a number plate recognition payment system for parking at some point over summer 2019. Holders of the Swim Membership will still receive free parking once his system is in place. Find out more about the Swim Membership.

Equipment

For the session you will need: 

Compulsory Kit:

Recommended Kit: 

  • Neoprene gloves
  • Neoprene hat
  • Neoprene socks

If you don’t have any of these items please feel free to ask one of the rg:active team for advice or visit the rg:active online store where you can purchase these products and many more.

Lake Rules

LAKE RULES

Our aim is to create a relaxed, friendly and safe open water swimming environment & community to encourage as many people as possible to enjoy the sport. However, we do have a few simple rules in place that we ask you to adhere to in order to create the best experience possible for everyone.

  • Open water swimming is currently adults only, you must be 16 years or older to be able to swim.
  • Due to other activities and events taking place at the venue, swimming is not permitted at any time at Holme Pierrepoint outside of our operating hours.
  • Last entry to the water is half an hour before the end of the session.
  • Swimmers must be checked in and out of the water, do not enter the water without checking in.
  • All swimmers are advised to wear a swimming wetsuit, it will help to keep you warm but importantly also offers you buoyancy to keep you afloat. Wetsuits designed for other sports such as surfing and diving will not always help your swimming and can sometimes be a hinderance.
  • A bright coloured swim cap must be worn when swimming, to help the water safety staff see you.
  • Only enter and exit the water at the designated points.
  • You must always follow the swim courses indicated by the large inflatable buoys and swim in a clockwise direction.
  • Please follow any instructions of the water safety staff.
  • Should you need assistance in the water please float on your back and raise your arm for help.
  • If at any time you hear a loud siren or continuous whistle blowing you must immediately leave the water at the nearest exit point. Stay on land and make your way to the check in point to await further instruction.
  • The beach areas/entry point are not play areas for children; children must be supervised at all times.

 
COACHING AT THE LAKE

  • Group coached swim sessions are provided by rg:active, anyone is welcome to sign up to our coached group sessions.
  • Independent coached groups are not permitted at the lake. There is opportunity for groups to make a private booking with us for use of the facilities however this must be pre-booked in advanced please contact us on the below email address.
  • 1-2-1 coaching, rg:active can provide 1-2-1 swim coaching at Holme Pierrepont please contact us to arrange a session and find out more.
  • If you are an independent coach wanting to offer your own clients 1-2-1 coaching at the Holme Pierrepont venue please contact us on the below email for more information.

For swim coaching enquiries & bookings please contact: nickbrooks@rgactive.com

Wetsuit Hire

There are a selection of swimming specific wetsuits available for session hire at the lake, rented on a first come, first served basis.

The cost is £10 per swim – however please note we have a safe system in place, you will need to leave an item of value you with us such as car keys, which is returned to you when we receive the wetsuit back.

Alternatively you can buy a wetsuit at the HPP shop or online ahead of your arrival via the rg:active online store.

Just Swim Opening Times:

Tuesday – 7-10am
Tuesday – 5.30-8pm
Thursday – 7-10am
Saturday – 7-11am
Sunday – 7-11am

NB: Swimming is not permitted at any time at Holme Pierrepoint outside of our operating hours.

About

We are excited to be launching open water swimming at the Holme Pierrepont National Water Sports Centre, the home of the Outlaw Triathlon.

The base for open water swimming is the old wake boarding lake, there is no need to check in at the main venue reception simply follow the signs for open water swimming and the check in and registration for swimming is all based at the wake boarding lake.

The ‘just swim’ session hours let open water swimmers swim freely during our open hours in the Wake Boarding Lake on the 400m or 750m loop. Sign up to swim ‘on the day’ for the session or via our online booking system.

Everyone is welcome to come and join us for open water swimming (16 yrs +), however due to the nature of open water swimming for your safety it is important that your are able to swim a minimum of 50m non-stop and have the ability to tread water for 1 minute, especially if you plan on swimming in the Wake Boarding Lake.

The Lake
There is a 400m and 750m loop in operation, please stick to these loops at all times in the same direction, to minimise the risk of swimmers colliding with each other.

Water Safety
All our sessions are monitored by water safety staff.
Entry to the water is not permitted until water safety staff are in place.
If you do get into trouble and need assistance please float on your back and raise and wave your hand to get their attention.

Coached Group Swims
We will be offering coached group swim sessions for £10 (members) £12 (non-members). If you are new to open water swimming this is a perfect place to start! Get taken through all the basics, from wetsuit fitting, sighting, technique and just simply gaining confidence in the water from our friendly coaching team! Please check our online booking system for availability.

Children’s Open Water Swimming
Open water swimming is currently adults only, you must be 16 years or older to be able to swim.
Unfortunately, we are unable to cater for children’s (15 years and younger) swimming at Holme Pierrepoint.
We are looking to introduce opportunities for children to open water swim in future as part of coached groups during our open hours.

Wetsuits
We recommend that all swimmers wear a swim specific wetsuit. The wetsuit will help to keep you warm but also offer a great deal of buoyancy and help keep you afloat.
A selection of swimming wetsuits are available to rent at £10 per swim on a first come basis.

Venue

There is a 400m and 750m loop in operation, please stick to these loops at all times in the same direction, to minimise the risk of swimmers colliding with each other.

Facilities:
Onsite car parking*
Changing facilitates
Toilets
Cafe & retail also available

Please note:

  • There are lockers, please do not leave bags in the changing rooms. Please lock your bags in your car or a locker once changed – there will be a key drop system in place for car keys only with the swim check in desk.
  • If cycling please bring a bike lock to lock your bike.
  • While we hope that everyone respects everyone belongings and we have a safe site, valuables left unattended any where on site are left at your own risk.

*Onsite car parking – this is currently free, please note Holme Pierrepoint Country Park have plans to install a number plate recognition payment system for parking at some point over summer 2019. Holders of the Swim Membership will still receive free parking once his system is in place. Find out more about the Swim Membership.

Equipment

For the session you will need: 

Compulsory Kit:

Recommended Kit: 

  • Neoprene gloves
  • Neoprene hat
  • Neoprene socks

If you don’t have any of these items please feel free to ask one of the rg:active team for advice or visit the rg:active online store where you can purchase these products and many more.

Travel

Coming soon

Lake Rules

LAKE RULES

Our aim is to create a relaxed, friendly and safe open water swimming environment & community to encourage as many people as possible to enjoy the sport. However, we do have a few simple rules in place that we ask you to adhere to in order to create the best experience possible for everyone.

  • Open water swimming is currently adults only, you must be 16 years or older to be able to swim.
  • Due to other activities and events taking place at the venue, swimming is not permitted at any time at Holme Pierrepoint outside of our operating hours.
  • Last entry to the water is half an hour before the end of the session.
  • Swimmers must be checked in and out of the water, do not enter the water without checking in.
  • All swimmers are advised to wear a swimming wetsuit, it will help to keep you warm but importantly also offers you buoyancy to keep you afloat. Wetsuits designed for other sports such as surfing and diving will not always help your swimming and can sometimes be a hinderance.
  • A bright coloured swim cap must be worn when swimming, to help the water safety staff see you.
  • Only enter and exit the water at the designated points.
  • You must always follow the swim courses indicated by the large inflatable buoys and swim in a clockwise direction.
  • Please follow any instructions of the water safety staff.
  • Should you need assistance in the water please float on your back and raise your arm for help.
  • If at any time you hear a loud siren or continuous whistle blowing you must immediately leave the water at the nearest exit point. Stay on land and make your way to the check in point to await further instruction.
  • The beach areas/entry point are not play areas for children; children must be supervised at all times.

 
COACHING AT THE LAKE

  • Group coached swim sessions are provided by rg:active, anyone is welcome to sign up to our coached group sessions.
  • Independent coached groups are not permitted at the lake. There is opportunity for groups to make a private booking with us for use of the facilities however this must be pre-booked in advanced please contact us on the below email address.
  • 1-2-1 coaching, rg:active can provide 1-2-1 swim coaching at Holme Pierrepont please contact us to arrange a session and find out more.
  • If you are an independent coach wanting to offer your own clients 1-2-1 coaching at the Holme Pierrepont venue please contact us on the below email for more information.

For swim coaching enquiries & bookings please contact: nickbrooks@rgactive.com

Wetsuit Hire

There are a selection of swimming specific wetsuits available for session hire at the lake, rented on a first come, first served basis.

The cost is £10 per swim – however please note we have a safe system in place, you will need to leave an item of value you with us such as car keys, which is returned to you when we receive the wetsuit back.

Alternatively you can buy a wetsuit at the HPP shop or online ahead of your arrival via the rg:active online store.

OUR SWIM PARTNERS

A British brand and with a range of swim specialist product at some amazing price points. Wetsuits, swim accessories, swimwear and triathlon kit. Check out their products at shop.qswsports.com.

Aquasphere is one of the best known brands in open water swimming and triathlon. We a range os goggles, wetsuits and accessories available online and in store at shop.rgactive.com.

When: Every Tuesday at 7pm (May to mid August)
Ability Level: Beginner to Intermediate
Duration: 60 minute session

  • Exclusive use of the mixed pond
  • Learn to swim coaching available 
  • Changing and shower facilities
About

There is no doubt that open water swimming can be a daunting experience to anyone doing it for the first time, whether you are a confident swimmer or not. The water is usually cold (especially in the UK), often very dark, you are wearing a tight rubber suit and there are lots of people of all different abilities around you probably thinking everything you are. Well worry no more!

rg:active are very please to offer everyone the opportunity to gain valuable open water training before your races with organised, coached open water swim sessions at a fantastic venue.

You can learn the basics of open water swimming from our experienced coaches, train with other people who have exactly the same worries and concerns as you do. Whether it is your first time in a wetsuit, your first time in open water, or you want to learn how to swim front crawl, we can offer you any advice you need, answer any questions you have, demonstrate and explain anything you want to make your fears and worries go away.

IMPORTANT SESSION NOTE: Due to the size of the Hampstead Heath ‘Mixed Pond’ venue we are aiming this session specifically at beginners, people looking to learn about open water and wetsuit swimming. The session will be structured so everyone learns as much as possible in the hour session.

Venue

The Hampstead Heath open water swim sessions will take place every Tuesday evening in the ‘Mixed Pond’ through out the summer season during May until the end of July.

The Hampstead Heath Lake address – The ‘Mixed Pond’ in Hampstead Heath, Hampstead, London, NW3 2QD

IMPORTANT SESSION NOTE: Due to the size of the Hampstead Heath ‘Mixed Pond’ venue we are aiming this session specifically at beginners, people looking to learn about open water and wetsuit swimming.

There are basic changing facilities. No lockers are available however the venue is only used by rg:active during your session, so your bags and belongings will be safe during your session.

The session will be structured so everyone learns as much as possible in the hour session.

Equipment

For the session you will need: 

Compulsory Kit:

Recommended Kit: 

  • Neoprene gloves
  • Neoprene hat
  • Neoprene socks

If you don’t have any of these items please feel free to ask one of the rg:active team for advice or visit the rg:active online store where you can purchase these products and many more.

Travel

Coming soon.

Need a specific question answered or just some more general information then call Christine on +44 (0)7740460335 or email at info@rgactive.com.

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