FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
When you sign up, you will be given a wristband, which is programmed with all the information you give us, and this wristband must be worn each time you visit the lake.
Registering is easy, and costs only £15 per year. Click HERE to sign up. Each session will only then cost you £7 and any guests with you can swim for £10.
We are based in Wareham, Dorset at Swineham Farm, Wareham, BH20 4JD. Click HERE for map directions.
The easiest way to find us is to head into Wareham town, and turn down East Street at the 4 way traffic lights. You then continue straight down this road for around 5 minutes. At the end, you will see a sign for our Lake, with guides as to where to park.
Unfortunately, the Lake is not for beginners looking to learn how to swim. Open Water swimming can be dangerous, and therefore only suitable for competent swimmers.
If you are a strong swimmer, but new to Open Water swimming, we do have a small 560m course available to introduce yourself to swimming outside of a traditional pool, but you must be confident in your swimming abilities. The Lake is perfect for those looking to gain confidence in Open Water swimming, but also those already confident looking to train, strengthen and improve.
See HERE for when sessions are running.
Swineham is only authorised for swimming during operational hours, and any swimming outside of these hours will be trespassing on private property and risk prosecution.
There is a public footpath which goes close to the lake area should you wish to see where the lake is, prior to a session, however no admittance is permitted beyond the gate and fenced area outside of the session times. If you wish to walk up towards the lake, you will need to leave your vehicle in Bestwall Road, Wareham, as there is no vehicular access beyond the Rugby Club entrance outside of session times. This rule is strictly enforced and you will risk being banned from actual sessions should you be found to be ignoring restrictions.
Swineham Lake has an indoor reception area where you register upon arrival at the lake.
Parking is available on site, and in set parking areas only, PLEASE NOTE parking on the verges leading up to the lake is strictly forbidden and you will be asked to move.
Coffee and tea will be available post sessions, should you wish to warm up a little! These are supplied by our team, at 50p a drink, to be paid through our honesty box.