Get in and enjoy the freedom of open water swimming.

Open Water Swimming

Open Water Swimming is a truly different experience from the pool, and one all swimmers should try at least once!

Without the confines of lane ropes or walls, it’s liberating, adventurous and unique.

Most people find the freedom and lack of chemicals so invigorating they can’t help coming out of the water feeling happy and relaxed, so whether you are experienced or new to this fast-growing sport, come and enjoy the best open water swimming experince at Caversham Lakes.


Swim Course

We have three swim courses marked out across the lake from 400m, 750m & 1500m.

Please note: All swimmers (including wetsuit swimmers) must use a swim tow float on the 1.5km swim course. All swimmers must wear a swim hat and non-wetsuits swimmers must use a swim tow float at all times.

Opening Times

Tuesday & Thursday 6:00am – 9:00am & 5:00pm – 8:00pm*
Saturday & Sunday 6:00am – 8:00pm*
School/ Bank Holidays* 6:00am – 8:00pm* (Everyday)

*Opening & closing times subject to change based on weather conditions and seasonal daylight savings.

*Easter Holiday (2nd April – 18th April), Early May Bank Holiday (3rd May), Late Spring Half Term (29th May – 6th June), Summer Holiday (23rd July – 1st September).


Open water swimming – 1 hour session

Our open water swim sessions last one hour. Available for all ages and abilities.

  • Adult (16 & over) swim session £6
  • Junior (under 16’s) swim session £4

Open water swimming – swim passes

Our swim passes are available in blocks of 10 or 30 swims saving you up to £30.

  • 10 swim pass £52
  • 30 swim pass £150

Open water swimming – season swim membership

Our season swim membership gives you unlimited open water swimming (April – September).

  • Season swim membership £210
  • Please check that we are open before coming down to the lake as seasonal weather may affect opening times and days. Follow our social media for regular daily updates.