Open water swimming to return at Peterborough’s Ferry Meadows

People who want to go outdoor swimming will be able to return to the water at Ferry Meadows this week.

Tuesday, 11th May 2021, 11:56 am
Open water swimming at Ferry Meadows
Open water swimming at Ferry Meadows

Swimming takes place around a 400m course on Gunwade lake in Ferry Meadows, a relatively sheltered and shallow lake (4.5m maximum depth) fed by freshwater from the River Nene - and the first session after the COVID lockdown will take place on Thursday.

Swimmers can complete the 400m circuit as many times as they like during the session and can then use the facilities at Nene Outdoors Watersports and Activity centre, including the heated changing rooms and showers.

All swimmers are required to wear a NOWCA Safety Wristband every time they swim, which is their own personal profile on their wrist. Swimmers use their wristband to scan themselves in and out of the water, which means that the team at Nene Outdoors know exactly who and how many swimmers are in the water, at any time. For you as a swimmer, wearing your NOWCA Safety Wristband will also speed your entry into the water plus record your swim time and distance, just like wearing a chip at a triathlon.

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Open water swimming at Ferry Meadows

If you are new to NOWCA and don’t have a NOWCA band yet, sign up online before your first swim at and hit the red ‘REGISTER’ button at the top of the page, complete the form, citing Nene Outdoors as the venue. You will be able to collect your wristband from the centre ready for your first swim. Your wristband can then be used at all the NOWCA safety accredited lakes and venues all over the country.

Please note all swimmers will be required to wear a brightly coloured swim cap. Bring your own or buy one on arrival from Nene Outdoors. Wetsuits are available to hire. Use of wetsuits is compulsory for swimmers under the age of 16.

The sessions are weekly on Thursdays 5.30-7pm and cost £5.50 a session.