Enjoy a swim at Ocean Walker Crystal Lake with your dog!
Get in the water and enjoy the feel of swimming outdoors alongside your 4 legged friend(s).
Our gradual entrance and exit points are the perfect safe way for your dog (and you) to have a dip or paddle.
Whether your dog is a pro swimmer or this is their first time and you want to see if you can entice them in.
You have 1 hour where you can swim, dip, paddle and walk around the lake.
This 1 hour session is open for others to book also, so please ensure you have a dog that is happy in a social environment around other people and other dogs.
We have a large space opposite the lake where you and your dog can have a stroll too.

  • Please keep your dog under control on a lead at all times - your dog is your responsibility.
  • This is a group session and although we are limiting numbers, please be mindful of other dogs and their owners while at the venue.
  • Dogs used to swimming with you are allowed off lead in the water as long as you are in control of them.
  • Human lifejackets available for hire on the day for an additional £5 per person (ask at reception).
  • Only floating dog toys allowed in and around the lake.
  • Sorry our wetsuits are not available for hire on dog swim sessions.
  • Humans must be competent swimmers.

Please check our t&c's prior to booking.
All bookings to be made online.


Recommended for swimming with your dog:

  • A long leash
  • A dog lifejacket (bring your own)
  • Don't take your dog out of its depth - dogs get tired very quickly when swimming
  • Don't assume your dog can swim (or wants to) take it slowly
  • Make it fun, if they don't want to swim, don't force them - maybe paddling and sniffing will be their best day ever

Doggie paddling

Had an absolute blast at the dog swim ! Was just the right amount of chaos – mainly caused by our Reggie! I feel so good everytime I leave Ocean Walker but this was so special , and the hot chocolate and carrot cake was delicious too Thank you to everyone involved


Happy doggy , happy owner

It was our first time , Alfie and I swimming together and we loved it. The beautiful lake is safe & secure and in a perfect setting . The water is clean and clear , I felt perfectly at home with such like minded people. The owners are extremely friendly and welcoming not to mention… Read more “Happy doggy , happy owner”

Jacqueline Williams

Fantastic Day

What an amazing experience, I regularly go outdoor swimming and so does my dog called Red a two year old Sprocker Spaniel but we never get the chance to do it together. Saturday afternoon was fabulous to be in lake together side by side we truly loved it and to be there with other liked… Read more “Fantastic Day”

Robert Poulton

Open Water Swim with Your Dog

Thanks for the dip, we both really enjoyed it. Lovely venue and lake, the only thing for me was that when James was giving the overview at the beginning, I couldn’t hear at all, it didn’t create any problems for me because I have done a little before so I just followed others. James was… Read more “Open Water Swim with Your Dog”

Lesley Hughes

Swim with your dog session

Great fun, never done this before but would definitely do it again The numbers of dogs was not excessive so my dog, who is a bit nervous, was not overwhelmed. It felt safe and was good exercise for all of us (myself, my daughter and my dog) Thank you

Yvonne Garraway


My dog appears to hate swimming, unless she has to cross a river in pursuit of a pheasant. I thought I’d take her along to a safe, wave-free open swim to see if she would enjoy it. She didn’t at all, and couldn’t get out fast enough. She wasn’t the only spaniel who doesn’t like… Read more “Pup-tastic”

Bronya Glet

Amazing experience

My dogs weren’t big fans, one got in the other refused, but I loved it. I will definitely be returning sans dogs to swim. The water was beautiful and despite not wearing a wetsuit I never felt like it was too cold getting in or out (it was 23 degrees on the day). It felt… Read more “Amazing experience”

Rhiannon Bourke

Doggie Paddle

What a peaceful, beautiful, relaxed setting. Friendly and helpful staff. Lots of dogs, swimming, jumping, paddling, playing, splashing. Its something I’ve always wanted to do with my dog and you have given me the opportunity to make my dreams come true. What a great experience and highly recommend. Thank you. Michelle & Teddy

Michelle Tustain

Great experience – and if my dog could speak she’d say the same!

Visited on 25th June for the bring your dog event. I had read about the venue but just never got round to going and was bought the slot as a birthday present. Absolutely loved it and will most definitely recommend and return again in the near future. Very picturesque site – spotlessly clean and the… Read more “Great experience – and if my dog could speak she’d say the same!”


Sprocker pups 2nd visit

This was the 2nd time to ocean walker academy for myself a my young Sprocker spaniel , this time he was more settled and really enjoyed himself retrieving his training dummy, his swimming abilities improved greatly from going hell for leather flat method to a more refined gentle swimming technique, the new outdoor changing cubicles… Read more “Sprocker pups 2nd visit”

Andy Mackinder

Brilliant session!

We attended the dog swim session with our two dogs and it was fantastic. All the dogs absolutely loved it and the water was beautiful and clean for swimming in. Thank you for a great day we will definitely be back!

Bilal Alzalam

Dog Swim

Fab time yesterday at the second dog swim event and the carrot cake is the best!

Alicia Webb

1st open water dog swim

1st time visit to ocean walker academy and was pleasantly surprised with the place , I missed out on the May 2022 dog swimming session so booked early this time to make sure I succeed Albus my younger spaniel and myself a place, We loved it and will definitely be back hopefully for the next… Read more “1st open water dog swim”

Andy Mackinder

Fantastic Afternoon

I was lucky enough to get a booking on the ‘bring a dog’ day. My dog, Frodo, loves a swim, but normally goes in the sea so the calmness of a lake was quite a new experience. Considering the opportunities for ‘issues’ with so many dogs together, it was really well organised and I saw… Read more “Fantastic Afternoon”

Nick Hallam