Holme Pierrepont, Nottingham Open Water Swimming 12th May – October 2021

Holme Pierrepont Open Water Swimming


Our very popular Open Water Swimming sessions are up and running. The season will last, hopefully, until the end of October (weather permitting).

We look forward to welcoming you to our lake to experience the clear water of the lake, the peaceful solitude that the water brings, the regal heron sitting on her favourite log, the honk of the geese as they fly over in formation, not to mention the amazing sunsets……and all of this with the comfort that you are under the watchful eye of our professional water-safety team who accompany you on the water in their kayaks. Whether you are a keen open-water swimmer or dipping your toe for the first time, our friendly team can’t wait to welcome you at lakeside.

If you’re new to Open Water Swimming, why not read our recent article “Our top 6 tips to start open water swimming”

We do expect everyone attending these sessions to be a competent and confident swimmer but this does not mean that you have to be fast. We welcome swimmers of all standards and ages to enjoy our beautiful lake, from professional triathletes, to channel swimmers and members of the British swimming program, to those who simply wish to take in the peace and beauty of the lake and let the calming waters wash away their worries and concerns.

We recognise that many of you will be keen to swim in the lake as early as possible, but may not be used to the temperature of open-water swimming. Please read through the Pre-Swim information guide including advice on cold water swimming HERE

  • Location: Holme Pierrepont, Holme Ln, Nottingham, NG12 2LD
  • Session times : Sessions from 12th May; Mondays & Thursdays 5:30pm – 7:30pm; Wednesday 2-4pm; and Saturdays & Sundays 7:30am – 9:30am. Registration opens 10 minutes before each session.
    You can swim for as long as you want within the session time, so if you are training for a long-distance challenge, feel free to stay in for longer.
  • Distances: We will have a laps ranging from 100m to 1km open, depending on the water and air temperature.
  • Minimum Age: The sessions are open to under 16’s who must also be confident swimmers. Under 16’s will only be allowed to complete the 150m lap unless specific permission has been given by the lakeside staff.  Under 12’s must be accompanied at all times in the water by an adult from the same household. All swimmers between 12-16 yrs will be asked to do a monitored 150m loop on their first session. Once accredited in this way they will be allowed to swim the longer laps on their own.
  • Activity: Swimming

  • Prices: £6.50 per session. You can swim for all or part of a session.
    This year we want to reward our regular swimmers, so we are introducing an ATW loyalty card – collect 10 stamps and get your next swim free. Collect your loyalty card at lakeside on your first swim.
  • Event Cancellation Policy: We want you to book with confidence so, if your session(s) can no longer go ahead, you will receive a refund of your entry fee, or a transfer to an alternative session. (Booking fees are non-refundable)
  • Transfers & Refunds: If you are not able to attend your session(s) we will transfer you to an alternative session on the condition that you email events@activetrainingworld.co.uk with a minimum of 48hrs notice before your session starts. You will not be able to transfer between sessions without a minimum of 48hrs notice.
  • Covid 19: ActiveTrainingWorld want everyone to enjoy these open water swimming sessions safely and therefore we require everyone to adhere to our strict social distancing rules when attending the sessions. Anyone found to be flaunting the rules will be instantly banned from all future ATW open water swimming sessions.
  • Additional Fees: None
  • Event Organiser: Active Training World
  • Organiser Email: events@activetrainingworld.co.uk

The sessions are open to under 16’s who must also be confident swimmers. Under 16’s will only be allowed to complete the 150m lap unless specific permission has been given by the lakeside staff.  Under 12’s must be accompanied at all times in the water by an adult from the same household. All swimmers between 12-16 yrs will be asked to do a monitored 150m loop on their first session. Once accredited in this way they will be allowed to swim the longer laps on their own.

We know that many of you are keen to get back swimming again, but may not have swam in cold-water before.

If you’ve been out of the water for a while or would simply like to develop your open-water swimming skills then why not book a 1:1 coaching session with one of our lake’s coaching partners:

TFN is an established triathlon club with over 70 members and cater for all abilities from complete beginners through to age group athletes. They can offer 1-1 or grouped coaching sessions to all abilities to develop open-water swimming confidence and skills.
Contact through: ClubSpark / TFN Tri Club / Home (britishtriathlon.org)

Absolute Tri
have a wealth of experience, knowledge and understanding of working with Elite Youth, Junior and U23 athletes from all across the country. They have a performance hub based in Nottingham and would like to welcome you to reach your full athletic potential.
Contact through: Absolute Tri Coaching – based in the East Midlands

We will have several laps marked out, from 150m, up to 1km and will open up the laps depending upon the water and air temperature.

Zone 3 black

Wet suits are not compulsory but a brightly coloured swim hat or tow float is. We do have swim hats for sale at lakeside if you forget yours.

Whether you’re just starting out with open water swimming or are a seasoned swimmer looking for a refresh of your kit, our partner supplier, Zone 3 will have something for you.

Wetsuit hire is available through:  Zone3 Wetsuit Hire Archives – Active Training World

For your open-water swimming purchases:  All your swimming needs Archives – Active Training World

If you’re a newcomer and you don’t know where to start, check out our article “6 essentials for every Open Water Swimmer”

Entering the lake
Before entering the lake you need to give your name to the ATW staff member who will have a list of all pre-paid swimmers. Remember there is no pay on the day and you will be turned away if you haven’t pre booked.

In the lake
When in the water please respect the swimmers around you and find your own space. If you get into trouble in the water then lie on your back with one arm in the air and our water safety team will be on hand to help.

Exiting the lake
When you exit the lake you will be able to pick up your bag from the baggage area. From there we expect you to get changed in the tents available or make your way back to your vehicle to get changed and leave quickly. Once COVID restrictions are relaxed we will be encouraging our swimmers to enjoy the lakeside atmosphere, but for now we must follow the rules.

If you are not a competent swimmer then please do not attend these sessions, the lake is not the place to learn to swim.

It is important that you are fit to swim and have not experienced any Covid-19 symptoms in the 14 days leading up to your session. If you are feeling unwell you should not attend.

Water Testing
The water is tested on a regular basis by Holme Pierrepont using an external laboratory who give us approval that open water swimming activities are safe to take place at the lake.

Water Temperature.
During the summer months the temperature can rise to a very pleasant 20+ degrees Celsius with the average temperature around 17-21 degrees. At the start of the season the temperature could be as low as single figures. We will update the lake temperature weekly on our ActiveSwimWorld Facebook page, and it will be prominently displayed at lakeside.

Parking,  Arriving & Changing
Follow the road signs to the free parking available at the lake. Swimmers are required to arrive ready to swim. You can of course put your wetsuit on by your car.

It would be a good idea to practice putting on your wetsuit by yourself as people will not be able to assist you with fastening the rear zip on a wetsuit.

After your swim you will be able to use the changing tents to change in. These will have a ‘1 out, 1 in’ policy and inside there will be no tables, chairs or other surfaces. No baggage is allowed to be kept in the tents

No showers are available at the lake.

Portable toilets will be available at the lake.

Hot and cold drinks and snacks will be available from the lakeside hut.

By entering this event you agree to the below terms and conditions:

Your details will kept in accordance with the Active Training World Privacy Policy

Where specified on the booking form any medical information will be passed onto the medical team present at the event. 


1) I declare that I am medically fit to take part & understand that I do so entirely at my own risk and that I am a confident and competent swimmer.

2) I understand that I enter these sessions at my own risk and that no person(s) or organisation(s) will be held responsible for any accident, injury or loss to myself, prior to, during or after the sessions.

3) I understand the organisers reserve the right to alter the arrangements and conditions, should circumstances require.

Ticket Details

  • If this is your first registration on our new booking platform but had an ATW account previously, your old ATW log in details are now invalid and a new account will be created for you when you book your first event without logging in.
  • You can copy your name and details to multiple sessions but if you are booking places for others, please ensure you complete the details for each attendee carefully giving the correct names and any alternative email addresses

Book your session
If you are happy to follow our social distancing rules and want to swim in the beautiful fresh water lake then we very much look forward to seeing you at the lake soon!

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