In 1979 the gates were opened to Bray Lake a 60 acre stretch of water, Opened as a windsurfing school it remained that way until 1994 when it became Bray Lake Watersports it adopted a further 6 sports teaching numerous children and adults each year .
Limited open water swimming started in 2012 after requests from local Tri Club BTS. This was followed by demand from other Tri clubs like Evo and Eton tri plus our own water sports club members as well as other local wild swimmer enthusiasts making it clear that there was the demand to open more regularly. This started as just a summer activity but by 2014 we were open throughout the year.
Now running 6 sessions a week in the Summer starting at 6am in the morning and 5.30pm in the evening. Winter we reduce down to 4 session and gradually down to just a Saturday morning at the coldest part of the year. In the heights of summer we can see over 200 swimmers per session come through the centre and a dedicated group that keep our weekend mornings going throughout the winter. We have a fast flowing system to get you into the water as quickly as possible. Once registered we swipe your swim card, issue you with swim band and off you go. We have inside changing rooms with hot showers but quite often swimmers like to use the outside if they have already arrived in swimwear.
We have various training groups that use us as a base including EVO, EVO Jnr, BTS and the Triathlon training centre that also teach swimming courses for all abilities.
We have become involved in some great events including Boulters to Bray where we entered over 20 Bray lake bathers, the Tri training centre aquathlons & moonlight swim have been based here. We have also organised some of our own events including night sup and swim and the Christmas inflatable challenge.
We welcome everyone from people just getting into swimming, lovers of wild swimming, channel swimmers, Ironman athletes, Triathletes, distance swimmers and everyone in between. We have distances for everyone from 250m up to 1km all marked out with buoys and a great team to watch out for your safety and to answer any questions you have. There is always a power boat and a paddle board ready to assist swimmers incase they get into trouble.
We have a great cafe to relax in after and enjoy tea’s, barista style coffee and brunch options. In the Summer our decking becomes full of swimmers basking in the morning sun and winter everyone gets cosy it their dry robes whilst huddled around tea, crumpets and warm porridge.