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Tel: 01628 638860

Welcome to Bray Lake Open Water Swimming

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 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. 

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 you should be confident to swim a minimum of 250m unaided. For those who aren't we run regular Intro To Open Water Swim courses, please contact us for more information. Our onsite swim professionals also run regular clinics and coaching sessions for all levels from novice to pro.

Due to Covid-19 we have made some changes to our swim operation and all customers must make themselves aware of the current rules and guidelines before coming to the lake. Please click on the Covid-19 Guidelines for our latest update.

All swims must be pre-booked online, please do not turn up without a booking as you will not be admitted to swim. Booking is available 10 days in advance for paid members and 7 days in advance for Friends of Bray Lake. Please be aware wetsuit rental is not available at this time. 

Below is more information on how to register and book a swim.

You can access the booking site by clicking on the Online Booking button.

Online Booking

COVID-19 Guidelines

How to Book Online

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.

Current water temp: 12°C
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  • We ask that you please put your name and contact number in your kit
  • For junior swimmers please bring a completed Junior Swim Waiver to their first swim of 2021. 
  • 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.

Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday - 7:30am - 10am

Tuesday and Thursday - 5pm - 6:30pm

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.
  • Consider having an ECG
  • 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 breaststroke 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.
  • Remember you'll need time to warm up before driving!
  • Cold water swimming is a team sport!

Above all, enjoy it!

Happy Cold Water Swimming!!