Open Water Training

Freshwater and Sea Swimming

Known as the POND Lower Lakes is probably one of the best fresh water swimming venues in the South West
Known as the POND Lower Lakes is probably one of the best fresh water swimming venues in the South West


This Tuesday evening session starts on the first Tuesday in May and continues through to September depending on weather and water temperature. The mandatory safety brief is at 1845 with the organised swim session starts at 1900. These times slip as the nights draw in and will be announced. You can turn up there is no need to book. Visitors can swim. Early swims (to get the longer distance in) can be arranged with the session leader via email. The swim is a 500m swim around a circuit.

The route is marked with buoys. There are sessions for novices, improvers and experienced open water swimmers alike. Designed to introduce swimmers to the art and "science" of open water swimming or hone open water skils for upcoming races. It is a wet suit swim unless otherwise indicated by the session leader and bright swim hats are mandatory. The cost per session is £3. Be self-sufficient, as there are no facilities on site. There is plenty of parking available.

This is a coached session.

Training is delivered and overseen by a BTF qualified coach, having carried out appropriate RA and attendance register. Participants must be current club members, guests can swim in accordance with BTF guidelines and are insured through the Club’s Liability Insurance. These sessions appear on the club’s website and training calendar as regularly recurring club sessions, and in the event of the usual coach being unavailable a cover coach will be sought in order to ensure continuity. Youths and juniors can swim from the age of 14years as at the 31st December of this year. If younger than this, it is to be by arrangement with the session leader. 

How To get there:

GPS: TA5 2BQ Lower Lakes, Straight Drove, Chilton Trinity, Bridgwater

Off the M5, Junction 23 north of Bridgwater onto the A38 heading towards Bridgwater. Turn right in front of Matalan Store by the VW garage on the right. At the traffic lights by the Riders Bike Shop turn right. Over the bridge on the River Parrett at the lights turn right towards Chilton Trinity. Pass the school on the left into Chilton Trinity. Passing the new Redrow Homes on right there is a sharp bend. Directly after the bend is a turning to the right into Straight Drove (Signed as a dead end). Pass two fishing lakes “TrinityLakes”Lower Lake is on the right approx. 200m from the junction.


Thursday evening swims - Meet on the sandy beach below Marine Parade from 6.30pm. 

These are one-off/infrequently recurring training sessions, organised by the membership and advertised though the member’s social networks. They are not formally led or guided and are open to non-members. Participants are not insured by the Club whilst taking part in training of this nature and are advised to take out individual membership of British Triathlon so that they are covered in the event of an incident whilst training outside of Club coached or Led sessions. These sessions could appear on the Clubs website or Calendar but generally will be discussed on the Club’s Members page on Facebook and/or informally between individuals.  They should be considered a social gathering. 

The main swim area is marked by a line of yellow buoys of approximately 600 metres in length, ideal for sighting or distance markers. Sea conditions in the summer can vary from flat calm, choppy and sometimes moderately rough - great swimming experience in a variety of conditions.

There is plenty of parking available in town - nearest car park is Monmouth Beach car park alternatively Holmbush Car Park is at the top of Cobb Road. This is a non-coached session and FREE - all welcome.

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