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Open Water Swimming at St Andrews Watersports

Open Water Swimming

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Open Water Swim Session

Please note: Additional non-participating spectators maybe restricted on the beach area to avoid over crowding during peak season.



Cold Water Swim Workshop

2023 dates;

22nd January 12pm

5th February 12pm

5th March 12pm

26th March 12pm

15th October 12pm

19th November 12pm

3rd December 12pm



Lake Perimeter Swim

2023 dates;

7th June 6pm

25th June 8am

5th July 6pm

30th July 8am

2nd August 6pm

27th August 8am

6th September 6pm

24th September 8am


Halloween Swim

31st October @ 6pm

Join us for a great evening of fancy dress around the fire pit and in the water. Prize for the best dressed!


Open Water Swim Private Coaching

We now offer 1:1 coaching for those wanting to improve technique and confidence with lessons tailored to the individual.

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Swim Coaching Workshop


2023 dates;

29th January 12pm

19th February 12pm

18th March 12pm

18th June 12pm

23rd July 12pm

20th August 12pm

17th September 12pm

22nd October 12pm

12th November 12pm

10th December 12pm

Boxing Day Dip

1000 - 1100.

great way of getting out of the house after that Christmas Day stuffing!

Summer Solstice Swim, St Andrews Lakes

Solstice Swims

21st June 04.30am

21st December 15.30

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Open Water Swim Induction

All open water swimmers MUST have completed an induction with us before swimming.

Moon Swim

2023 quarterly dates;

30th September 7pm

New Year Day Dip


1100 - 1200

A perfect cure to get over that New Years Eve celebration!

Water temperature

St Andrews Lakes is proud to be affiliated with NOWCA as an open water swim venue. Bringing you year-round open water water swimming experience like no other in this part of the world.

The water here at St Andrews Lakes is the most beautiful turquoise in colour and incredibly clean; being spring fed, originating from the Chilterns. Water quality is tested on a monthly basis and always returns an 'Outstanding' result, being well above 'Bathing Water Quality'.........You won't be battling with mud and reeds or swimming through a cloud of green water with us!

During the summer months the lake surface water warms up to 20c bringing many indoor pool swimmers outside to enjoy the fresh air, cooling down to around 6c in the latter winter months; Making you feel truly alive!


From April through to October we have two lengths of course available for you to swim. It's up to you to swim whichever you wish when you get in the water! 

  • 200 metre triangle

  • 600 metre  triangle

During the colder months when the water drops to 10°C, the course is bought closer to our lake beach and reduced down to 200m for increased safety whilst swimming in cold water.

NOWCA Membership

Your safety is taken extremely seriously. We have therefore partnered with the National Open Water Coaching Association (NOWCA), adopting the NOWCA safety system and bringing to you many benefits of being NOWCA members, in the way of various courses and partner discounts.

To swim with us at St Andrews Lakes you must be a current member of NOWCA (£15yr) and have successfully completed a 1:1 induction with us at the lake.


Your safety is our number 1 priority, so we do have some simple rules that have to be followed;

  • All swimmers must be current members of NOWCA and using the NOWCA safety wristband.

  • All swimmers must have successfully completed an induction with one of our swim staff prior to booking a swim session.

  • All swimmers are required to wear a brightly coloured swim cap and be equipped with a safety tow float. 

  • All our sessions are lifeguard supervised; You're always being looked after!

Latest Water Temperature


All devices will generally read differently by +/-1 degree.

Swim Coaches and Groups

Swim coaches and groups are most welcome to swim at St Andrews Lakes either by joining one of our daily swim sessions or booking the entire swim course to have privately to yourselves.


Private hourly hire for up to 20 swimmers - £150+VAT.

All swim coaches must be registered with us and comply with the following conditions;

  • Coaching qualifications must be submitted to St Andrews Aqua Park Ltd to be kept on file.

  • Coaching insurances must be submitted to St Andrews Aqua Park Ltd to be kept on file.

  • All participants must be individually inducted to St Andrews Lakes. This is not open for discussion as a requirement of our commercial OWS insurance.

  • All participants must be aged 16 years and over. This is not open for discussion as a requirement of our commercial OWS insurance.

  • All participants are required to be booked in to a swim session via our online booking system.

  • Each participant is at the current set price of £7.50inc VAT.

  • Each participant has to be a member of NOWCA to comply with St Andrews Lake swim safety system.

  • Each participant must swim with a tow float and wear a brightly coloured swim cap.

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