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Open Water Swimming


Open water swimming is allowed for members at Bowmoor every morning before 10 am and Monday evening after 5 pm. Swimming is allowed for members at other times providing that there are no boats on the water. If there are 1 or 2 boats on the water then stick to the edges of the lake, between the buoys and the shore, do NOT swim across the lake. There will be a number boats on the water when we have training courses running, so there will be no swimming allowed between the hours of 10 am and 4.30 pm July 23-26,July 30-Aug 2, Aug 6-9, Aug 13-16, Aug 20-23, Aug 28-31, Sep 7/8,Sep 15/16 (Sat/Sun). There will be no swimming on a Sunday between the hours of 10 am and 4.30 pm and during the summer months when we have racing on Wednesday evenings between the hours of 6 pm and 8.30 pm.

You should not go swimming if lightning is in the area but take cover in the clubhouse and not enter the water for 30 min after it has passed.

We recommend that people swim in pairs and partners can be organised on the Facebook page
Bowmoor Open Water Swimmers (BOWS)

At a minimum swimmers must wear brightly coloured swimming caps so that they can be easily seen, it is recommended that swimmers should tow a float which significantly increases visibility. There is an orange flag which should be flown whenever there are swimmers in the water. Our Operating Manual says that “Wet or dry suits that cover the trunk and legs from the neck to the calves shall be worn at all times during the period 1st November until 31st March inclusive”.

Anyone under 16 not wearing a buoyancy aid in the water must wear a brightly coloured swimming hat, tow a buoy and wear a swimming wet suit. They must have an adult swimming alongside them who would be capable of rescuing them in an emergency.

Swimming family membership allows the whole family (Children up to the age of 25 living at home or at University and adults living in the same house) to swim use the clubhouse and to camp at the club. The safety of the family is the sole responsibility of the parents who should always be present to supervise their children.

Swimming members are allowed to swim in the lake and use the clubhouse, changing rooms, showers and the grounds.

All sailing members are allowed to swim in the Lake.

Cold Water Swimming

The secret to acclimatising to cold water is just to swim in it, often – at least once a week, and preferably two or three, gradually extending the time that you stay in the water. Get out if you are not comfortable, and don’t set time goals for staying in the water.

It is easier to start your swimming career in summer when the water temperature is at 16°C and above, and then keep on swimming as the temperature drops. However, it not essential to swim in the cold water during the autumn and winter. The lakes, rivers and the sea can get very cold.

Going in to very cold water (typically less than 10oC) can cause numbness and pain, particularly in the extremities, such as the hands and feet. Neoprene socks and gloves  can help  protect your hands and feet.”

Afterdrop and the Subtle Art of warming up

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We offer a discounted membership to new members based on the date of joining but renewing members must renew for the whole year.

Map of the lake showing the buoys and the distances between them.
Swimming Lake Plan

RYA SafeTrx App

You can enter your journey details directly from your smartphone and set off knowing that should you not return by the time given, a nominated emergency contact will be alerted and advised to initiate appropriate action. Download from http://www.rya.org.uk/…/safe…/Pages/rya-safetrx-app.aspx

The RYA SafeTrx app monitors your boat journeys and alerts emergency contacts should you fail to return on time.