Open Water Swimming

VO2 Max open water swimming training at QE2 lake, Woodhorn, on Thursday evenings from 6pm - 7.30pm,  commencing Thursday 5th May until Thursday 28th July 2022.

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.

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.

Unfortunately, children under the age of 15 on 31st December 2022 are not permitted to swim.

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

Tri4u Coaching sessions

Our Partners at Tri4u Coaching will be offering coached open water sessions to introduce and develop open water skills and practices. 

The sessions will be linked over the 5 weeks progressing and will be coached by British Triathlon Level 3 coaches Barry and Phil Jameson.  Swimmers must wear a wetsuit and canoe safety cover is included.  These sessions are ideal for people new to open water swimming or wanting to improve their technique and skill.

Further details can be found in the following link: Tri4u coached open water swim sessions

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 from our website and read.  

We can use the lake for a 2-hour period on Thursdays during the dates above. NO SWIMMING IS ALLOWED AT THE QE2 LAKE AT ANY OTHER TIMES - please respect this condition. 

Wetsuits are Mandatory.

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.