Open Water Swimming

VO2 Max Racing Events have secured open water swimming at QE2 lake, Woodhorn, on Thursday evenings from 18:00 to 20:00, commencing 6th May 2021.

All swimmers must pre-register online: Open Water Swim Training Pre-registration.

Sign in from 18:00 at the VO2 desk; there is a simple procedure for signing in and out after swimming. A £3.50 fee is payable on the night.

Please do not enter the water or leave without signing in and out, as this may lead to un-necessary emergency action.

Who can take part?

Anyone from Beginners, recreational swimmers, triathletes and anyone wishing to improve their open water swimming

Training is of mixed ability with various groups forming at the Session. There is a coached lead session around the buoys and there is also a long-distance group for those training for the Long-distance events & swims.

Some swimmers prefer to do their own session, it’s up to you, just enjoy the open water swimming experience. If you are a new to open water swimming, we recommend that you join in our coached sessions around the buoys.

Please make sure you pre-register online. Open Water Swim Training Pre-registration.

15 or 16, on or before 31st December?

The BTF have relaxed the rules for single discipline events such as open water swims so that we can allow 15-year olds (age at 31st December) to compete with adults. This however is with parental consent and of course, full safety cover on the water. As there is currently no organised water safety cover at training sessions, we have to insist that people follow these guidelines and swim responsibly.

For children aged 15 or 16 on 31st December to train, we must have written parental consent and there must be a nominated adult swimmer who will be directly responsible for their wellbeing in the water (2 children max per adult). We must also insist that the children and responsible adult swim together as well as following the open water swimming guidelines.

Safety and Rules

Training is at your own risk and you are responsible for your own safety. However, we do set guidelines for everyone to follow, which you should download below and read, and register people in and out of the water, so we are effectively responsible for overall safety. Risk assessments, training rules and emergency procedures have all been agreed with Northumberland County Council who permit us to use the lake, on that basis, for a 2-hour period.

There is NO SWIMMING AT THE QE2 LAKE AT ANY OTHER TIME - please respect this condition, as anyone swimming outside of the agreed times will jeopardise the future of all the sessions.


Need a Wetsuit?

Wetsuits are mandatory for our open water swimming sessions, and if you plan to enter any open water triathlons or challenge swims in the UK, you'll probably find you need a suit. It's a rare UK event where the water is warm enough for wetsuits to be unnecessary!

If you are considering buying or Hiring a Wetsuit, please visit our Swim Partner, Zone 3. We can highly recommend their range of wetsuits and accessories.