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Vobster Quay welcomes open water swimmers with a range of high quality facilities that provide all you need to enjoy a fun and leisurely swimming experience.
Welcome to the UK's friendliest open water swimming venue. Please note that from the Autumn of 2020, you will need to be a member to visit Vobster Quay under further notice.
We offer swim members the option to choose a timed booking slot every day, for 7 days a week. The timed booking slots will start at 08:00 mid-week and 09:00 at weekends.

We are pleased to be announce that all swim sessions will now have lifeguard cover from 2022. You no longer have to bring a buddy or a land-based spotter.

Please do not turn up if you are not a current member and have not booked a session.
We like to think that Vobster Quay offers the highest quality, friendly & stress-free place to open water swim. To ensure your safety and enjoyment, we ask all swimmers to observe the following rules and safety guidelines...
  • All swimmers must be competent pool swimmers and must be capable of swimming a minimum of 400 metres (16 x lengths of a 25m pool) continously and confidently over deep water.
  • We are pleased to be able to have a lifeguard on all swim sessions from 2022. You no longer have to bring a buddy to swim with or a land based spotter.
  • All swimmers must wear a suitable brightly coloured and highly visible swim cap whilst in the water.
  • All swimmers are advised to wear a suitable swim wetsuit for warmth and buoyancy.
  • Swimmers wishing to swim without wearing a swim wetsuit will be required to accept the terms of our non-wetsuit declaration.
  • Please swim either in the designated coaching and training area or following a clockwise rotation of the marked 750m swim course - see swim course site map boards.
  • Avoid swimming over divers bubbles - divers may make rapid ascents which could cause injury if you are above them.
  • Swimmers must be over 16 years of age.
Swim Prerequisites
To enjoy open water swimming activities at Vobster Quay, we ask that you are able to meet these simple requirements:

  • You have no health issues that may either impede or pose a risk to you whilst open water swimming.
  • You can competently swim a minimum of 400m continuously without swimming aids and without stopping.
  • You are comfortable swimming in deep water and can tread water for a minimum of 1 minute.
  • You have taken part in open water swimming activities before.