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Guided wild & open water swimming

Our guided wild and open water swims are led by Colin Hill, whose passion for cold water swimming is contagious. Session availability varies throughout the year.

Full moon night swims

Season: All year, once each month
Cost: £35
Duration: 90 minutes
Group: Up to five people. Children 14 years and over. Children age 14-17 years need to be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Suitable for beginner and experienced swimmers.

During the lesson you will:

Swim in the lake at night under a full moon with light-up tow floats and glow sticks. Cold water swimming specialist, Colin Hill, will be your guide in the water with you. You will experience approximately 20 – 40 mins in the water. The session will take place in the bay in front of the hotel and will include a safety briefing.

Equipment

You will need a swimming costume, we will provide wetsuits, boat and safety equipment. Your adventure will start and finish at our private jetty at The Lake.

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April 8 at 9.30pm – Pink Moon
May 7 at 10pm – Flower Moon
June 5 at 10.30pm – Strawberry Moon
July 5 at midnight – Buck Moon
August 3 at 10pm – Sturgeon Moon
September 2 at 9pm – Full Corn Moon
October 1 at 8pm – Hunter’s Moon
October 31 at 7pm – Blue Moon
November 30 at 6pm – Beaver Moon
December 30 at 6pm – Cold Moon

Full moon night swims on Ullswater throughout the year.
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Ullswater cold water swim sessions

Season: Winter
Cost: £35
Duration: 45 minutes
Group: Up to 5 people. Children 14 years and over. Children age 14-17 years need to be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Suitable for beginner and experienced swimmers.

During the lesson you will:

Experience swimming in the lake during the winter. Cold water swimming specialist, Colin Hill, will be your guide in the water with you. Approximately 15 – 30 mins in the water. The session will take place in the bay in front of the hotel and will include acclimatisation to cold water and tips for cold water swimming.

Equipment

You will need a swimming costume, we will provide wetsuits, boat and safety equipment. Your adventure will start and finish at our private jetty at The Lake.

Wild swimming adventure to Kailpot

Season: April – October
Cost: £50
Duration: 2 hours
Group: Up to 6 people. Children 10 years and over. Children age 10-17 years need to be accompanied by a parent or guardian. All participants must be able to swim a minimum of 200m.

During the lesson you will:

This is a wild swimming adventure, with 90 minutes in the water. Explore the secluded bay of Kailpot on Ullswater with expert tuition from Colin Hill. A short boat-trip away, you will swim close to the lake shoreline, climbing rocks and crags to find the best spot to jump in.

Equipment

You will need a swimming costume, we will provide wetsuits, boat and safety equipment. Your adventure will start and finish at our private jetty at The Lake.

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Introduction to open water swimming

Season: All year
Cost: £35
Duration: 60 minutes
Group: Up to five people. Children 11 years and over. Children age 11-17 years need to be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Suitable for beginner swimmers. Must be able to swim 100 metres.

During the lesson you will:

This session is tailor made for those swimmers who would like some guidance and top tips on swimming outdoors.  Our expert guide will talk you through the equipment you need, before heading down to the lake for a 45 minute session in the water.  You’ll find out about acclimatisation, how to navigate yourself in the open water and some safety advice for swimming outdoors.  A perfect way to gain confidence in the open water.

Your swim guide will be in the water with you as you still within the bay area.

Equipment

You will need a swimming costume, we will provide wetsuits and safety equipment. Your adventure will start and finish at our private jetty at The Lake.

Young couple walking into the lake for a swim

Cross lake swim

Season: May – October
Cost: £60
Duration: 60 minutes
Group: Up to 3 people. Children 12 years and over. Children age 12-17 years need to be accompanied by a parent or guardian, who can travel in the boat. All participants must be able to swim a minimum of 1km.

During the lesson you will:

Push yourself using the safety and knowledge of Colin Hill, who has spent his career training athletes, keeping them safe in an open-water environment. Challenge yourself on a one-mile swim from one side of the lake to another. Colin will take you to the widest part of the lake and you can set off, swimming shore to shore, with Colin offering support and advice from the boat.

Choose from;

Slow pace – breaststroke, 40mins+ to swim a mile

Steady pace – freestyle, under 40 mins to swim a mile

Equipment

You will need a swimming costume, we will provide wetsuits, boat and safety equipment. Your adventure will start and finish at our private jetty at The Lake.

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Booking a session

We advise calling ahead of your stay to check times and dates.  If you cannot find a session scheduled during your stay, please ask and we will check to see if an instructor can be made available. To book a session with Colin please contact our team at Swim Club on 01768 486442

On Request

Colin can act as a guide on full-length lake swims, which is 7 miles end-to-end or give one to one coaching lessons. Read our guest blog by Alex Lester, a novice swimmer who swam the length of the lake and has many reasons why you should, too. Call 01768 486442 to enquire.

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