Tel: 01628 638860

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Bray Lake Open Water Swimming

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  • Open Water Swimming

    Fresh Water, Weed Free, Lake

    Windsor and Maidenhead, Berkshire

  • Open water swimming

    Open to swimmers of all abilities

    Coaching available

Welcome to Bray Lake Open Water Swimming

Whether you have been swimming with us for years or you just like the idea of swimming out door. Maybe you're doing your first triathlon, or have just recently learnt to swim, whatever your reason Bray Lake is a great place to swim. Friendly and safe, yet challenging if you need it to be with a variety of distances and exposure. Be warned though, open water swimming is very addictive.

At Bray Lake Open Water Swimming Centre we pride ourselves on our friendly and approachable atmosphere and welcome open water swimmers and triathletes of all abilities. If you are new to open water swimming or are unsure of your ability we recomend that you should be able to swim a minimum of 250m unaided. We have onsite swim proffessionals that run regular clinics and coaching sessions for all levels from novice to pro.

Winter season

Winter season at Bray Lake. The Lake stays open and swimming continues throughout the the winter, we just reduce the opening times and the number of sessions per week. We have a friendly group of regular cold water swimmers who are always happy for new people to join them both on the water and for tea and cake after. We run regular events throughout the year and winter is no exception with a cold water night time dip and BBQ and are annual xmas inflatable animal challenge. If do do want to take on the challenge of winter swimming check out our list of essential swim tips. Feel free to give us a call for advice.

Need some coaching? Get in touch with The Triathlon Training Centre who offer swimming lessons and triathlon training at a variety of levels at Bray Lake.

Need a wetsuit? You can hire a wetsuit for £10.00.

Have a question? Give us a call. The centre is open 7 days a week and we are alway happy to chat.

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  • We ask that you please put your name and contact number in your kit
  • Barista coffee and brunch served over the weekends, we hope you enjoy
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All swimmers must be registered for swimming and as a Friend of Bray Lake.  If you have swam at Bray Lake in previous seasons and are already registered, please contact the Centre on 01628 638860 to request an access code for the registration system. 

If you are new to swimming at Bray Lake, please register below.

Register for Swimming

Opening Times

As the light hours are now starting to get shorter we are adjusting our swim times in accordance to sunrise and sunset.


October there will only be morning swims and that will be 7-9.30 am and from 13th October 7.30- 9.30am.

November will be Saturday and Sunday only 7.30 - 9.30 am

December will be Saturday and Sunday only 8- 10 am

 Please note that whilst swimming at Bray Lake is open all year round, swim times change regularly in line with daylight hours. Weather conditions can also play a part in our opening and closing times as they also have an effect on visibility and your safety.

Don't forget to follow us on Facebook & Intsagram for all the seasonal variations, events and safety information.

Some events run at Bray Lake are organised by external companies. Please contact the event organiser for more information.

Cold water swimming. Top tips!


Begin with the end in mind!

Swim regularly.

Eat before swimming.

Bring lots of layers – no zips, laces or buttons!

Add hats, gloves and boots.

Take time getting into the water.

Build up your time in the water gradually.

Get out of the water if you feel warm!

Head up breastroke is fine!

Manage your mind games.

Swim shorter loops/stay close to the shore.

Stay calm! Help is available if needed.  

Do not have a hot shower afterwards!

Dress quickly before aftershock sets in.

Drink tea and eat crumpets!

Adjust your swim to your health and wellbeing.

Swim within your limits.

Cold water swimming is a team sport!

Above all, enjoy it! 


Happy Cold Water Swimming!!