HOLME PIERREPONT OPEN WATER SWIM – JUST SWIM

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 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 during the session via our online booking system

Ability

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 Wake Boarding 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.

Equipment

Recommended equipment

WETSUIT
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.

SWIM CAP
All swimmers must wear a brightly colour swim cap. We have a selection of swim caps for sale at the venue for £5

GOGGLES
We have a selection of Aqua Sphere goggles for sale at the venue.

SWIM COSTUME or TRI-SUIT
Worn under your wetsuit

LUBRICANT
Used to prevent chaffing from your wetsuit around your neck. A non-petroleum based lubricant is best as it will not damage your wetsuit.

CLOTHES and TOWEL
There are changing facilities at the venue and changing rooms so you can dry yourself and warm up after the sessions.

FOOD and DRINK
Always good to bring a snack and drink with you. Cafe facilities are in the plans but may not be ready for opening from 4th May.

Venue

rg:active open water swimming is based at the ‘wake boarding’ lake at the Holme Pierrepont Country Park.

Facilities:
Onsite car parking*
Changing facilitates
Toilets
Cafe (coming soon)

Please note:

  • There are no lockers, please do not leave bags in the changing rooms, please lock your bags in your car 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.

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: emmayoung@rgactive.com

 
CHILDRENS OPEN WATER SWIMMING

  • Unfortunately, we are unable to cater for children’s (15 years and younger) swimming at Holme Pierrepont.
  • We are looking to introduce opportunities for children to open water swim in future as part of coached groups during our open hours.
When

We launch for open water swimming on the first weekend of May, 4th of May 2019

Saturday – 7-11am
Sunday – 7-11am

NB:

  • Please sign-up for your swim via our online booking system prior to arrival.
  • You must check-in at our registration desk, prior to entering the water.
  • Entry to the water is not permitted 30 mins prior to the session ending, the water must be cleared and free of swimmers by 11am.
  • The registration desk closes 30mins before the session end time.

We will also be introducing weekday opening hours before the end of May for swimming once we are underway and have everything up and running as we would like.

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.

Children’s Open Water Swimming
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.

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Rental Wetsuits

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

Cost

£5 per swim for members or £6 for non-members

To come and ‘just swim’ at the venue is £5/£6 per swim, this is for uncoached swimming and to swim either in the wake board lake around the 400m and 750m loop.

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