Open water swimming

 



Official Start Date - Sunday 16th April 2017

The winter is nearly over, spring is peaking, the days are getting a lot longer, the weather is warming and soon we will open so you can at long last dive in the lake again!

Whether you are a competitive swimmer, a triathlete or just enjoy "wild swimming", Oxford Wakeboard & Ski Club invite you to make use of the brand new open water swim sessions starting from April through until September 2017.

We’ve had a lot of thoughts and ideas over the winter (yes, the winter is at least good for that), we’ve listen to your feedback, we’ve looked at the best ways to improve your safety whilst reducing your time queuing to get in and improve your comfort. So we’ve made a few changes to our systems and times! We hope you like it (check out the lie-in opportunities on Sundays)!

1. The swim times this season will be :

Mondays - 6pm - 8pm
Wednesdays - 6am - 8.45am
Sundays - 7am - 9.45am


2. Sign in and sign out process

We have decided to start using a lake management system to help us cope with the large numbers of swimmers we experience on some of the days, especially the sunny ones but not only!

This system will:
- help you sign in and out much faster and
- help us knowing exactly how many people are in the water at all times and deploy the safety team necessary.

All in all, you won’t see much change from your side, apart from a one-off chipped wristband purchase for the whole season at the start.
This wristband will be yours to keep and replace our numbered elastic bands. You will need to wear it on arrival to scan in as you pay and scan out again when you exit the water.
The chip will hold your basic details, emergency details and any relevant medical information as well as info on multiple swim purchases and wetsuit hire. So it should save on coin transactions too.

We know it means an £10 up-front payment from your part, but we really think it will enhance your experience, cut out the fiddly bits and queuing and support us in improving your safety. We thought about this at lengths, but we really think it will be good and better. We hope you think so too.

Here is how to get your season 2017 chipped wristband.


- Go to this website : https://nowca.org/Account/Register
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If you don’t do this and have to sign up when you get to the lake, it may delay your entry into the water.

Below is a list of benefits of using this system for our swimmers.

  1. 1.Provide your lake with emergency contact and medical details, for your swimming safety.
    2. Purchase multiple swims in bulk, removing the need to remember money each time you swim.
    3. Log into your own area to view your swim history and see your improvements (you can also you’re your distance)
    4. Make your transactions and entry into the water much simpler, by bypassing the written sign-in process and replacing it with a quick scan
    5. Join in the races set up by your lake.
    6. Allow the lake to contact you directly about important schedule changes and information.
    8. Enjoy discounts from all the NOWCA partners (Like Zone 3 wetsuits and H2open magazine)

***Guest Bands are available so you can bring friends along and cater for the casual swimmer***


3. A range of wetsuits, goggles and accessories will be available every Monday evening with demonstration wetsuits also available.


Swim times
Mondays - 6pm - 8pm

Wednesdays - 6am - 8.45am

Sundays - 7am - 9.45am

Facilities
- Well marked out 1000, 750 and 300 metre course
- Free parking - ideal location for triathletes who would like to go cycling after their swim and leave their cars. We are right on the edge of the Chiltern Hills, which are ideal for on and off road cycling.
- Outdoor lake-side shower to rinse off after your swim
- Hot showers
- Toilet
- Kids Climbing Area - for those of you who would like to bring your families along while you swim
- There is a short (1.3 miles) and long (2.3 mile) cross country run loop around the lake
- Light refreshments will be available at each session

Cost
£5 Swim Session for NOWCA band holders

£6 For guests
£40 for a book of 10 member swim session vouchers (non-transferable)



Cold water guidelines for those times when it the water is between 10 and 12 degrees

http://www.outdoorswimmingsociety.com/index.php?p=swimming_tips&s=cold_water




OPENWATER SWIM CLUBS:-

Queensford Lake is the home of the OPENWATERCLUBS Oxford. It's currently part of a network of 3 clubs in the upper Thames region and  expanding in 2016.

The clubs trains at the lake during the normal swim sessions and has sometimes some extra-sessions for longer distance swimmers and during the winter.

 

The website is www.openwaterclubs.org.uk and it will give you some more info about what they do and how to join. note that the website will grow by the start of the 2015 season. Membership gives you entry to Queenford Lakes at a discounted rate of £4 as well as some discounts on race entry and kit (including 40% of Blue Seventy Wetsuits), some coaching sessions, training packs, distance awards and access to a trip or two during the season. And it is also a great social community of swimmers of all levels, ages and ambitions : slow, fast, dips, long swims. The club will have a breakfast swim at the beginning of the season, date TBC. Why not join in?


Ask for Katia when you come to the lake to find out more.


More information can be found here h2open club corner1.docx