What will I need?
You will need the following items to take part in our open water session:
- Wetsuit (roughly until July)
- Swim hat – as brightly coloured as possible.
- Chillswim – the club does have some you can borrow
- The correct fee
You must also sign the clubs disclaimer. Without this you will not be able to swim. You can find the disclaimer here
I’ve heard open water swimming is dangerous
Open Water Swimming can be dangerous if done badly, but don’t let that put you off. Most people love the freedom of swimming outdoors, but equally some prefer the pool and you won't really know how you feel about it until you give it a go.
We have qualified coaches, trained first aiders, safety tow floats and kayaks to keep all our swimmers safe. All swimmers are registered in to and out of the water, and land-based spotters are able to monitor swimmers throughout the session but if you get in to trouble, or just need a rest, the lake is shallow enough to stand up in some places.
We also swim shorter circuits to ensure we leave nobody behind!
The club is also fully insured.
I’m new to open water swimming – can I swim?
You will need to prove to us that you are a capable swimmer and have a certain level of fitness. Our short course design should ensure that we can keep a variety of swimmers interested.
Triathlon has swims ranging from 250m to several miles and we cater for all those.
Our variable course will allow you to practice turns, be close to other swimmers and never be far from help if needed.
If you can swim 750m in a pool we are sure you can swim with us.
I’m not a member – can I swim?
You will need to complete an introduction swim so we are satisfied you are able to swim with us. Other than that, you will pay slightly more than members, but you are free to swim.
We aren’t here to make money, we are here to improve the quality of open water swimming in West Norfolk.
I don’t know where Pentney Lakes is – help!
Pentney Lakes is situated just outside of King’s Lynn, West Norfolk.
This is the address for the lakes: Pentney Lakes, 25 Pentney Lakes, Pentney, King’s Lynn PE32 1LE
You can also call 01760 444434 if lost
Pentney Lakes has plenty of car parking available