Open Water Swimming

Try Something New! Open Water Swimming in Lincolnshire.

Open water swimming is one of the fastest-growing UK participant sports with people of all ages enjoying the activity. It refers to swimming in open outdoor bodies of water, including lakes, rivers, reservoirs, and the sea. Many people find it is wonderful for their mental well-being as well as keeping them physically fit.

Take a look below at some venues where you can have a go at open water swimming in Lincolnshire, and some links to local clubs and groups. We’ve also put a link to some important safety advice below.

Why is it good for you?

In these short podcasts, Dr Michael Mosley explores the benefits of swimming and cold water swimming for our physical and mental health; from reducing inflammation to boosting your mood and giving you more energy.


Where to swim

Lincolnshire Aqua Park, Mablethorpe

Lincolnshire Aquapark Open Water Swimming Club are made up of mixed-ability members, ranging from absolute beginners and recreational swimmers to triathletes and long-distance ice swimmers! The club welcomes new members and wetsuit hire is free for your first swim.

The park also has a fun aqua park challenge with inflatables and also offers paddle boarding and kayaking.

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Activities Away, North Hykeham

Swim outdoors in a lake created on the site of an old gravel pit that is a 1/4 mile long. The lake has 800 m and 200 m buoyed circuits with ‘get out’ points every 200 m around the main circuit.

​Wetsuit hire is available as well as on-site professional coaching, a cafe for a well-deserved hot drink and snack post-swim.

The swim club has a winter and summer season, and you’ll need to sign up as a member to book sessions. Activities away welcome people to book appointments to come and see the venue before signing up.

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Ocean Walker Academy, East Lindsay

Built on the edge of the Lincolnshire Wolds, Ocean Walker Academy offers open water swimming in a 7-acre, purpose-built lake, with a shallow beginners’ area for novice swimmers to enjoy and a deeper area for the more experienced.

The venue offers taster sessions which are perfect for those without open water swimming experience, or anyone wanting a refresher if they haven’t had a go for a while.

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Tallington Lakes, South Kesteven

This water activities centre in South Kesteven offers open water swimming on Sunday mornings. The lake has 205 acres of clean spring-fed water, and it also offers a variety of water sports including water skiing, wakeboarding, canoeing and paddle boarding.

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Clubs and Groups

Tattershall Open Water Swimmers are an informal, friendly and experienced group of like-minded people who enjoy swimming in an open water environment at all times throughout the year. Find out more about them and get in touch via their Facebook page.

Lincolnshire Outdoor Swimming Tribe (LOST) is an online group for outdoor swimmers for Lincolnshire (and surrounding areas) and of any ability. Join the group for advice and to share experiences and achievements. Visit the Facebook group page.

Lincolnshire ASA

Find out more about Lincolnshire Amateur Swimming Association on their website Open Water – Lincs ASA (lincolnshirecountyasa.org)

Jubilee Park Lido

Not ready to take the plunge? If you’re not quite ready to brave swimming in open water, why not try swimming at Jubilee Park Lido. This heated Lido, is open from Easter to September, with open sessions, and aqua fit classes. They also run a cold water swimming week later in the year.

Find out More

Read more about open water swimming on Swim England’s website

Safety Advice

It’s important to be safe and aware of the risks of open water swimming, particularly if you are not swimming somewhere with a lifeguard. You should be a confident swimmer to have a go at open water swimming. If you are new to it, swimming with a club or at a venue such as the ones listed above, are the safest ways to get started.

Take a look at this Safety Advice from Swim England

How To Stay Safe In Open Water | Swim England Open Water (swimming.org)