Open water Swimming

The club have formed a partnership with the National Open Water Coaching Association (NOWCA) and there will be Open Water swimming at the Sailing Club.

Give open water swimming a try this summer

You can try open water swimming in Hoveringham Lake, which is situated in a beautiful countryside  setting in Nottingham. The Nottingham Open Water Swimming team have been running safe, fun and responsible open water swimming sessions at the lake from April and will be running sessions throughout the summer.

This summer Nottingham Open Water Swimming will be running swimming sessions on Fridays 5.30-8.30pm and Saturdays 7.30am-9.30am, as well as other events/activities such as a Yoga Swim session, Curry and Swim Nights and Level 1 coaching lessons.

The water quality at the lake is excellent, and the temperature is warm (at around 22 degrees) so with the weather being so glorious at the moment it’s the perfect opportunity to enjoy an open water swimming experience. You will be able to swim 500m loop of the lake during their sessions which cost £6 per swim.  So why not give it a try with a friend this week and see what you think.

What do you need? You can wear swimmers or opt for a wetsuit – it’s down to the swimmer’s preference. Then you just need your googles, a bright coloured swim hat and a towel. Swimmers will also need to register for a NOWCA safety wristband (for £12 a year) which runs in conjunction with the NOWCA water safety system which assures swimmers that they can feel safe in the water.

Nottinghamshire County Sailing Club, also on-site at the lake, let open water swimmers to use their changing facilities, showers, toilets, a café and parking.

Need some more persuasion to give outdoor swimming a go? John, Venue Manager for Nottingham Open Water Swimming, is an advocate for open water swimming: “I love the freedom of swimming outdoors and the closeness to nature this gives you. As Venue Manager I’ve loved seeing swimmers enjoying this exhilarating experience. I know some swimmers may worry about safety, but they don’t need to with the NOWCA safety system we use because it makes swimmers feel safe in the water.”

For more information about Nottingham Open Water Swimming please check out their website:


NCSC Sailors who want to take part in this organised group activity should in the first instance “register” on the NOWS site (see above). There is a £12 fee and you will be issued with an electronic wrist band which contains a reference to essential medical details you submit as part of the registration process.  The club concession fee is I believe £3 per session either Friday or Saturday payable in advance or on the day to the NOWs representative (As opposed to £6 fee) . Registration with NOWCA gives you access to their other lakes if you are feeling adventurous  and is an essential part of their safety management regime.

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early first session below
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