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Tel: 01628 638860

Welcome to Bray Lake Open Water Swimming

Bray Lake Open Water Swimming - Re-open with revised guidance

Dear Friend of Bray Lake

Many thanks for your patience during the last couple of months. I am sure, like me, you are desperate to get back in or on the water.

Over the last couple of weeks, we have been working hard to get ourselves to a stage where we are ready to start the process of re-opening our doors and thanks to a small bunch of volunteers we are excited to say we believe we are now there and have re-opened.

We have a new booking system which is accessible from our website, which you will need to use to book your swim session.

Online Booking

We also have some new rules and guidelines that you will need to familiarise yourself with before coming to the Centre, you will find these by clicking link below.

COVID-19 Guidelines

Swimming

Our swimming program has started and follows our normal schedule, apart from initially a slight change to the times. Swimming slots will need to be booked in advance. Once we are happy that everything is working we will increase the number of participants and the number of slots available. Currently you can book a 1 hour slot and we ask that you have left site before the next session starts.

Current swim session times are as follows:

  • Tuesday 06:00 - 10:00 and 16:00 - 20:00
  • Thursday 06:00 - 10:00 and 16:00 - 20:00
  • Saturday 07:00 - 10:00
  • Sunday 07:00 - 10:00

Booking for swimming needs to be done online and you will be able to book up to 7 days in advance.

To book an online session please follow the below instructions:

  1. Click the orange button saying Online Booking
  2. Log in by clicking on Existing Customer with Password
  3. When you are logged in click on Book a Class in the left hand column.
  4. Select the date you would like to book the session
  5. Click on the session time you would like to book
  6. On the confirmation page click on book fitness class and then continue through to the basket
  7. Once at the basket, check that the sessions you are booking are correct
  8. On the payment screen you will need to tick the box next to each session and this will be added to the payment. Continue through to the World Pay payment screen and enter your debit / credit card details to confirm the booking.
  9. Only those with pre-paid swim cards, platinum members, EVO or BTS members can leave the boxes unticked and continue, payment will then be sorted either prior to the session or on the day.

Please note, no refunds are available for swimming sessions and if you fail to attend a booked session that has not been paid for you will still be required to pay the full price of £6 before you can attend another session. Should you need to cancel a session this must be done at least 24 hours in advance and via email, where possible we will transfer the session to another slot. 

We are really keen to see you all back at the lake but please bear with us in these early stages as we feel our way through the next month. Our operation will not be the same as it was but hopefully we will get back to a new normal as soon as possible and will be able to retain as much of the Bray Lake vibe as we can.

Looking forward to seeing you all here soon.

The Bray Lake Team

Online Booking

Whether you have been open water swimming for years or just fancy giving it a go, Bray Lake is a great place to swim. It doesn't matter whether its your first time or whether you are a seasoned professional you will always get a friendly welcome, a great cup of coffee or tea if you prefer and get to swim with a bunch of like minded people. Bray Lake swimming is 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 recommend that you should be able to swim a minimum of 250m unaided. We also have onsite swim professionals that run regular clinics and coaching sessions for all levels from novice to pro.

Swimming Registration Renewal

For those already registered, you will be sent an email when your renewal is due, please follow the instructions below. Please make sure you renew your current registration rather than creating a new account as this causes issues on the system especially with swim cards.

If you have already self-registered online, please follow the link below and select Existing Customers With Password, you will need to enter your registered email address and password. There is a forgotten password link should you require it. Once logged in you will either be taken directly to the renewal process or you will need to select Renew User Account in the bottom right column of the home page.

Re-register for Swimming

If you were registered by one of our reception team, please contact us on 01628 638860 and we will supply you with a password for you to complete the renewal.

We strongly advise that this renewal is completed at home to save you time and avoid a delay when arriving at the lake.

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Updates

  • 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
  • For regular updates follow our Open Water Swimming Facebook page

New Registration

All swimmers must be registered as a Friend of Bray Lake. If you are new to swimming at Bray Lake, please follow the link below to register. You will need to select new user and then Friend of Bray Lake.

Your registration will last for 1 year and you will need to renew your registration each year to continue swimming.

Register for Swimming

Opening Times

Please see the below current swim times.

Saturday 30th November - April will be
Saturday and Sunday mornings: 08:00 - 10:00

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 & Instagram 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!!