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As the centre is under strict COVID-19 measures, it’s important that you read the below before you book onto a session. We have moved all of our operations outside so it’s likely that over the next few weeks, our reception won’t be manned. If you do need to contact us, please either send us a direct message on our social media channels or email us at Watersportscentre@scll.co.uk and a member of our team will respond when they get a chance. 


  • We have limited the numbers to each slot to avoid crowds and congestion on the water
  • 2m distances must be maintained at all times and respected 
  • Please see the main open water page on how to register, sign up for a membership and book
  • Those with the Watersports Membership can book up to 14 days in advance, those on the free registration can book up to 6 days in advance
  • Refunds will be given with 24-hour notice, but please note if you must cancel via the online booking platform and then request a refund via watersportscentre@scll.co.uk 
  • There will be a marked queue area on to the left-hand side of the building (closest to the steps, opposite side to agecroft), please queue here
  • A member of our team will be operating a pop-up reception desk at the front of the building
  • There will be a bucket of swim bands, once you have signed in please pick up a random band and let the member of staff know the number written on it. This is our way of knowing who is on the water and who is off, once you have finished your swim, there will be a second bucket over by the water, place your band in there. The bands are then soaked in a chlorine solution to be cleaned. Each slot will have a different colour. 
  • If you do not hand your band back in and sign out, we will contact your emergency contact


Prerequisites for Open Water Swimming

  • Must be able to swim 300m of any stroke continuously in open water.
  • Must wear a wetsuit in water temperature below 14 degrees or if you swim ‘skins’ you must have a tow float.
  • Post 14 degrees, wetsuits are optional but HIGHLY recommended, wetsuits not only keep you warm but they add buoyance and help to keep you afloat.
  • Brightly coloured Swim Hat – MUST.
  • MUST have registered, provided us with emergency contact details and agreed to our terms and conditions/health commitment statement.
  • 12-16 year olds MUST swim with a competent adult (1 adult per 1 child). The exception to this is if you can provide a signed letter from a swimming coach (i.e Squad ability) that the child is suitable to train in open water, then that child can swim without an adult, this needs to be agreed prior to the session and an adult must be ‘on-site’.

Your Swim:

  • 2m distances must be maintained at all times and respected
  • Both the 300m and 500m course will be open (we swim clockwise)
  • A Member of our team will be on hand to answer any questions
  • We will provide anti-bacterial gel for entry and exit of the dock/your swim
  • We highly recommend that only experienced swimmers swim with us during this period
  • We have limited the numbers to each slot to avoid crowds and congestion on the water
  • Swimmers must come dressed to swim, the changing rooms will be closed
  • Our safety team will be operating as normal, however, we will alter our rescues (non-urgent) to adapt to social distancing. 
  • We have a fully stocked first aid supply, defib and our team are all first aid trained

Wetsuit hire:

  • Wetsuit hire is currently not available 
  • We would recommend purchasing a tow float if you are swimming without a wetsuit
Car Parking:
  • We have a limited number of spaces available in our car park, please ensure you are respecting the 2 metre rule when passing others
  • Lowry car park is open