• Status: These guidelines and associated lake opening apply so long as government status is level 3 or below or until official government or BTF or insurers guidance
  • The lake is run by volunteers, so please keep everyone safe by following the guidelines. All swimmers should ensure they have read these guidelines carefully, and do not ask any of the volunteers to put themselves at risk unnecessarily.  

Who can swim at Papercourt during Coronavirus restrictions

  • Swimmers are reminded that the water is relatively cool, especially compared to a swimming pool, and we strongly recommend wearing a wetsuit, at least initially 
  • If you are new to open water swimming, we suggest waiting until the water is a bit warmer. We plan on running inductions in the future. Swimmers can sign up to our mailing list to be informed of when this is happening.
  • There is safety provision on site in case of emergencies
  • In case of emergencies, a tow line will be available from a boat to pull swimmers in at a safe social distance should this be necessary
  • There is a first-aid area on site at the club house 
  • Swimmers must not attend if they themselves or anyone in their household are showing symptoms of Covid-19
  • Swimmers must have booked and paid for a slot online
  • Swimmers will need to read and sign a disclaimer
  • Slots are every 20 minutes, from 6pm – 7pm, with a maximum of 10 swimmers per slot. The lake will close at 8pm
  • Sign up will close at midday on the day of the session
  • No refunds will be available should swimmers be unable to attend their sessions, unless we have to cancel the session. Session bookings are also non-transferrable. 
  • Swimmers must bring all of their own equipment, as there will not be any equipment available for hire. They must wear their own swimming hat


  • Arrive at Papercourt ready to swim in the first 15 minutes of your slot, and not before
  • Park in the parking area as usual, leaving space between cars 
  • Change at the boot of your car, maintaining a safe social distance from other car park users.
  • The changing rooms and showers will not be in use, and swimmers must ensure that they can do up their own wetsuit!
  • When ready to swim, swimmers should proceed to the check in area, adhering to a 2m social distance at all times
  • Bags can be left at owner’s risk in the area close to sign in, again keeping to the 2m guidelines. Please note, given current Covid-19 restrictions there will not be a key drop facility. 

Check-in/Swim in

  • When queuing, swimmers must remain 2m apart from each other and from the check-in desk
  • Hand sanitizer will be available at the check-in desk.
  • When you have checked in, and dropped in your bag, head in to the water
  • When  on land and in the water, ensure you are 2m away from all other swimmers at all times
  • Swim and sight regularly, avoiding other swimmers. If you need to overtake, ensure you do so at a safe distance
  • All swims are limited to one hour
  • Exit the water safely at the end of your swim. but please avoid other swimmers on exit and do not congregate there. 

After swim

  • Get dry and dressed immediately; the showers are not in use to warm up!
  • Swimmers should head back to their car immediately after their swim
  • If you plan to eat or drink after your swim we suggest you bring your own hand sanitiser or make use of the taps on site
  • Once home, swimmers should ensure they shower at the first opportunity
  • Rinse and wash kit in fresh water as soon as possible
  • Any litter must be removed from the site