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


We are open for swimming throughout the year (booking required) with winter swim packages or pay-as-you-go available from November through to April.

Our water is the most beautiful turquoise in colour and incredibly clean being fed from a fresh spring originating from the Chilterns. 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 three swim courses are available;

  • 200 metre Novice Swimmer

  • 300 metre Intermediate Swimmer

  • 600 metre Experienced Swimmer

During the colder months of November to April, the course is bought closer to our lake beach and reduced down to 250m for increased safety whilst swimming in cold water.


To swim at St Andrews Lakes you must be a current member of NOWCA (£12yr) and have successfully completed an induction with us at the lake.


Inductions and swim sessions are booked through our easy to use online booking platform;


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 supervised by a safety kayaker on the water as well as lifeguard cover lakeside. You're always being looked after.

  • Unless part of a swim class or organised group, commercial activity insurance requires all swimmers to be aged 16yrs and over.

Opening times

November to April

Sunday 0900hrs to 1100hrs.


April to June

Friday, Saturday & Sunday 0700hrs to 2000hrs.


June to September

Everyday 0700hrs to 2000hrs.



Friday, Saturday & Sunday 1000hrs to 1600hrs

Current Opening Hours:


Open 0900hrs.

Off the water by 1100hrs

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Watersports activities are managed by Dover Marine Services C.I.C.