Cromhall Quarry, Wotton Road, South Gloucestershire, GL12 8AA
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Open Water Swimming Sessions

Discover our open water swimming venue at Cromhall Quarry

Welcome to our open water swimming venue located at Cromhall Quarry in the beautiful countryside of South West England. If you're looking for a unique and exhilarating swimming experience, open water swimming might be just what you need. Whether you're a seasoned swimmer or a beginner, our open water swimming venue offers a range of benefits and opportunities for swimmers of all levels.

*Please note swimmers must be at least 16 years of age and must either wear a full length wetsuit or use a tow float*

OPEN WATER SWIMMING SESSION £6
2 hour swimming session

TOW FLOAT RENTAL £2.50
Don't have a full wetsuit or just need that extra bit of safety? Don't worry we have you covered!

COACHED SESSIONS £7.50 - £35
Our coached sessions range from basic introduction to open water swimming to more specific 1-1 training

SWIMMING OPENING TIMES

Monday
Closed
Tuesday
3 PM - 9 PM
Thursday
3 PM - 9 PM
Saturday
9 AM - 3 PM
Sunday
9 AM - 3 PM
  • 2 Hour Sessions
  • Changing Area
  • Free Carparking
  • Excellent water quality
  • A relaxed but safe environment
  • All sessions are lifeguarded

What is open water swimming?

Open water swimming is a form of swimming that takes place in natural bodies of water such as lakes, rivers, and the ocean, as opposed to swimming in a traditional indoor pool. It allows swimmers to connect with nature and experience the thrill of swimming in the great outdoors. Open water swimming can be done for leisure, fitness, or as a competitive sport.

Benefits of open water swimming

Open water swimming offers a range of benefits for both the mind and body. Swimming in open water provides a refreshing break from the monotony of indoor pool training and allows swimmers to enjoy the beauty of the natural environment. It provides a full-body workout and builds strength, endurance, and cardiovascular fitness. Additionally, the cold water can boost the immune system, improve circulation, and increase metabolism.

Is open water swimming safe?

Open water swimming is safe as long as you take proper precautions. It is important to swim in our designated areas in order to ensure safety and minimize the risk of accidents. It's also recommended to swim with a buddy or as part of a group, especially for beginners. Wearing a brightly colored swim cap and using a safety buoy can also enhance visibility in the water and make you more visible to others.

Open water swimming vs. pool swimming

While pool swimming offers controlled and predictable conditions, open water swimming provides a more dynamic and challenging environment. It requires swimmers to adapt to changing water conditions, such as currents, waves, and varying water temperatures. Open water swimming also allows for a sense of freedom and exploration that is not typically found in the confines of a swimming pool.