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Tel: 01628 638860

Welcome to Bray Lake Open Water Swimming

Bray Lake Open Water Swimming Coronavirus Update

Dear Friends of Bray Lake

I hope you are all safe and well.

We have been following the Government’s recommendations on how to slow down the spread of the Covid-19 and have been putting measures in place to minimise the risk to all. However, this weekend it became clear that we will not be able to continue operating in this way without putting our team, our members and our customers at risk. Therefore, as of today we have taken the decision to close the Lake and Centre from today 23rd March 2020.

Obviously, we did not want to do this, but it makes no sense to further risk anyone’s health. We will continue to closely monitor the situation and keep you updated via email and social media.

As we are all going to be spending a lot of time in our own homes let’s hope the broadband holds out so you can keep a close eye on the various social media channels. We plan to put some specific information out and share anything we think will be of interest from our friends and partners in the Water Sports World to keep us all sane, so stay in contact for quizzes and links to great surfing, swimming and sailing movies plus lots more.

If anyone has an open booking with us, we will endeavour to be in contact with you as soon as possible. We will be monitoring our email so feel free to contact us if you have any questions.

We look forward to welcoming you all back to the Lake as soon as it is safe to do.

Look after yourselves.

Simon and 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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  • 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!!