Open Water Swimming as part of an EXPERIENCE PACKAGE BOOKING at the Ocean Walker Academy

WE LOOK FORWARD TO WELCOMING YOU TO THE OCEAN WALKER ACADEMY AS PART OF YOUR CHOSEN EXPERIENCE.

THE OPEN WATER SWIM
You will join an open water swim session as part of your experience.
The time and duration of this will be detailed on your booking agenda.
Our lake has been designed specifically for open water swimming and has astroturfed entry and exit points, which are gradually ramped.
The rest of the lake is natural blue clay base.
Our lake is tested regularly and we maintain excellent water quality.
Our open water swim sessions are lifeguarded, and our lifeguard will give you a briefing before you enter the water to advise the route, where you can put your feet down and alternative routes for those who may not want to swim the full lake.

WHAT TO WEAR
Bring your usual swimwear (swimsuit/swim trunks) plus a brightly coloured swim cap for those who want to swim crawl and put your head in the water. Goggles are highly recommended if you are putting your face in the water also.
We have a small selection of wetsuits available for hire on the day should you require it, which you can hire from reception for £10.

BELONGINGS
During your swim you can leave your kit bag on our lakeside, ready for when you get out. It is important your towel is there ready for you to wrap up in after you swim and easily accessible.
We do not have lockers.
We advise to only bring necessary items and not to wear jewellery to avoid it falling off into our lake or on the premises.
We are happy to hold your car keys for you in reception if you wish, but we do not allow a bag stash in reception.

CAFE
Our Patio cafe serves hot and cold drinks plus freshly homebaked cakes and goodies during our sessions.
We have outdoor seating.

ABILITY FOR OPEN WATER SWIM EXPERIENCE BOOKINGS
You are required to be a competant pool swimmer to participate in open water swimming.
If you are not a competant pool swimmer and would like to just float or be in the water, there is an option to stay in our shallow area (1.2m) if you are not feeling confident to swim around the lake.
Anyone under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a participating adult.
The full route around our lake is 750-780m.

FACILITIES AVAILABLE
Changing cubicles (including wheelchair accessible).
Toilets.
Please do not use toilet cubicles to change in when we are busy.
Free onsite car parking for those who have booked - please note that your cars and any valuables are left at your own risk.

FOOD & DRINK
You are not permitted to bring your own picnics/throw away food/drink items to Ocean Walker Academy during open water swim sessions.
For the health and enjoyment of everyone, do not litter in or around our lake. Please ensure that any food items you consume that creates litter goes in the bins provided (bins found at reception or toilet area) or goes home with you.
You are not permitted to bring and/or consume alcohol or drugs at Ocean Walker Academy.

NON-PARTICIPANTS
Depending on the type of experience you book will mean you may or may not be allowed a non-participating spectator. Please check with the experience providor before inviting anyone along to avoid disappointment.
Non-participants (where allowed) are £3 per person payable on the door at reception.

ISLANDS, TREES AND GENERAL AREAS
Swimmers are not permitted to climb onto the islands (except in an emergency).
Visitors are not permitted to pick plants.
Visitors must not throw grass, sticks, stones or any other item into the lake or around the premises at any time – anyone caught throwing will be immediately removed from the site.
Visitors may not climb, hang from or carve any tree, rock or item at the venue.
Visitors are not permitted to lift or remove any display items from their position.

NO SMOKING
As a wellbeing and fitness training centre we are strictly a no smoking/vaping venue, this includes the car park.

EVERYONE is required to abide by our venue rules this is for your safety and your enjoyment. If we feel that someone is not following our guidance during their visit, they will be asked to leave the venue. If this is a non-swimmer, the swimmer will be required to finish their swim so that they can leave site.

RISK OF OPEN WATER SWIMMING - you swim at your own risk: our lake is very well maintained and has been designed to be as safe as you can be in a lake - but it is also completely natural and has its own ecosystem. A particular risk that increases in warm weather is swimmers itch. It is an itchy rash caused by an allergic reaction to a parasite. Not everyone will have a reaction, but those who it does affect can last from a couple of hours to 2 weeks. You can't test for it but you can take preventative measures. The following have been recommended over various sites: Sunscreen SPF50+ with phenoxyethanol, Swimmers Itch Guard cream, wear a wetsuit or rash vest, don't allow lake water to evaporate off the skin - towel dry yourself when you get out and rinse when possible. Antihistamines, bathing in epsom salts, and other remedies will help should you find yourself itching (don't itch).