Relax & Explore (Close to Shore or Venturing Out)

Important Information

DATES: Various Tuesday and Thursday evenings during the season. Please go to the booking system for available dates (click on the button to the left)

TIME: 18:30 - 19:30

LOCATION: Rutland Watersports, Bull Brigg Lane, Whitwell, Rutland LE15 8BL

COST: A small group session with Booking ahead essential.Individual Swimmers £15 with minimum 24hr advance booking/payment, £12 with BEYOND SWIM pass (available from 10th May, see button opposite for details). £18 on the night by contactless card if spaces still available. Parking £1 with discounted ticket (if required). If for any reason we need to cancel the session your payment will be refunded in full.

FACILITIES: Parking & Toilets available now. Showers, Changing & Bag Drop availability to be updated subject to COVID easing of regulations.
EQUIPMENT: Mandatory swim tow float, brightly coloured hats and goggles can be loaned free of charge (pre-sanitised). Wetsuits are mandatory below 14C water temperature and hire is available at an additional extra for £5 at time for booking. Bright hat mandatory. Goggles required for "Venturing out" but not essential for "Close to shore" on breastroke.
ELIGIBILITY: Participants should be competent swimmers but not competitive. Note, this is not a coached session but I'm happy to give general swim advice and encouragement! minimum age 15yrs with adult present.
SAFETY: COVID compliant, BEYOND SWIM accredited safety cover.

This is the Parental Consent Form for 2021 that you can download and complete ready for the session if you have a participant under 18yrs.

After a successful season in 2020 the small group session swim sessions (up to 12 people) are back for 2021.
Two swim experiences will be offered: Close to Shore is for recreational swimmers, mainly swimming breaststroke, and potentially new to open water. Depending on conditions on the night we will swim gently out into the lake in calm conditions to admire the views, or we may explore the sheltered creek area and bird life that live there. There will be plenty of time to chat and enjoy the freedom of the lake. Minimum age 15yrs with accompanying adult and previous open water experience highly desirable.
Venturing out is for more confident recreational or sportive swimmers, mainly swimming frontcrawl who want to venture out a little further into the lake, even if it's a little choppy, and view the 3 church spires from beyond the creek. My objective is to make this a fun experience to remember. Minimum age 15yrs with accompanying adult and previous open water experience essential.
This year, we have introduced a new booking/pre-payment system to make your experience as safe, easy and fast as possible on the day.