Regular Weekly Sessions

We are one of the lead providers of open water swimming in the region.  Our regular weekly sessions have been running since 2009 and attract swimmers of all types from leisure swimmers looking to unwind and enjoy a unique perspective of our lake, to athletes swim training for competition or for more extreme challenges such as channel swimming.   

Open water swimming is a fast growing activity and our regular swimmers create a great community.   Whoever you speak to, they’ll tell you it’s addictive, and that includes the winter swimmers who plunge into water at temperatures below 5 degrees C – see winter swimming page for more details

All our sessions are monitored and a safety boat is on hand at all times, plus we have experienced triathlon and swim coaches on hand to provide any support and guidance needed for you to get the most out of your experience.  In addition we have male and female changing rooms at the lake side with warm showers.  For more information on our regular sessions then see details below.

For 2018 in addition to our regular swim sessions we are offering swimmers the opportunity to explore our lake a little further than the usual swim area. Why not book a group swim to explore the lake further? For further information click here.

We are delighted to be listed as one of the top 10 swimming holiday destinations in the world.


Opening Hours

Summer open water swimming sessions will commence on Tuesday 24/04/18. Please see timetable below.

Tuesday and Thursday:

24th April – 30th August: 17:30-20:00
4th & 6th September: 17:30-19:30
11th & 13th September: 17:30-19:15
18th September – 27th September: 17:30-19:00
2nd & 4th October: 19:30-20:30

Note: The swims on the 2nd and 4th of October are Night Swims, if you are intending to come, please email in advance. More information can be found here


28th April – 27th October: 08:00-10:30
3rd November – 11th April: 08:30-09:30


You can pay as you go or you can benefit from discounts by pre-paying for your swims.

Please Note: Pre-paid swims are not transferable between swimmers or refundable. Swimmers must be at least 12 years old.

1 Session – £6

10 Sessions – £55 (£5.50 each)

50 Sessions – £200 (£4 each)


We do not enforce any rules regarding the use of wetsuits. However we recommend that those who are new to open water swimming or who are not so confident wear one.

Wetsuits come in various forms. Supermarkets and other retail stores have a plentiful supply of wetsuits. However, more often than not, these are designed for windsurfing etc. Whilst they will provide buoyancy and some insulation, they have their drawbacks.

We hire swimming specific wetsuits in various sizes. These are available at each session for a fee of just £10. To hire a wetsuit please email or call 0333 456 0777 with details of date(s) required. To help us select the correct size please let us know your height and weight.

Are you a coach or event organiser ?

Did you know you can also hire the Swim Centre for your exclusive use coaching a group, get in touch to find out more

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Frequently Asked Questions

Can I just swim to relax and enjoy the natural beauty of the lake?

Yes, more than 50% of swimmers come down purely to unwind and partake in a very different hobby. Due to the size of the lake and the clever layout of our large inflatable buoys, you can swim peacefully without the worry you are in the way of others or the pressure to swim faster. Don’t feel restricted to just the 100m, 400m and 750m routes; if you want to explore the beautiful reed beds and banks, feel free, an unmarked but clear route embraces the wonderful scenes you just can’t experience any other way.

How can I train at Fritton Lake?

At our Swim Centre we have several different courses and routes to follow to ensure you have the ability to focus on your technique and even improve your long distance capability. A 100 metre long lane rope floating parallel to the bank provides an ideal warm up area and the perfect place to familiarise yourself with the surroundings. Placed out on the lake are two triangular routes. A 400m route makes up the first part of a larger 750m which together provide outstanding flexibility to your open water training.

Will I be safe?

Inside our swim cabin, on arrival we have multiple posters, leaflets and handouts to help you understand how to stay safe. Right from signing in, to the time you leave, our processes are designed to ensure you are well looked after. All of our team fully understand the best actions we can take to keep you safe and are always on hand to share that knowledge.  We pride ourselves in the vigilant yet un-interrupting safety team that operate from a 20ft long pontoon, wide stable kayaks and a low sided rescue boat. Our team are always on hand for advice and work to monitor all the swimmers across the lake without causing any disturbance to your swim. A brightly coloured swimming hat is also recommended to increase your visibility. We recommend you bring warm clothing to wear after your swim. Blankets are available from the swim cabin to warm up.

What are the facilities like?

Back in 2008 when the centre was established, we were surprised if we had 13 swimmers in one session. Our facilities now cater for up to 120 per session. In 2014, to ensure the facilities were sufficient, we invested in expanding our changing facilities to double their original capacity, adding in extra showers and changing the building layout to be more spacious.

Do I have to swim with someone?

You can swim on your own or as part of a small group. We recommend that for your first swim you buddy up with someone who has some open water experience, if you don’t know anyone you can join, let us know and we can always buddy you up with a kayaker if it helps with your confidence.

Will there be coaches available?

Yes, our coaches are on hand both on and off the water to guide you through your session plan and provide instruction on techniques and practices specific to open water swimming. If it is your first visit to Fritton Lake or your first swim in open water please introduce yourself to one of our coaches. We will be very happy to talk you through the all important acclimatisation process and to explain the layout of the routes.

Can i shower after my swim?

Yes, there are male and female changing facilities with hot showers.

Do I have to wear a wetsuit?

We leave this decision down to you. We will recommend and advise what kind of kit you should be wearing at different temperatures. We will refuse the right for you to swim if you appear to be putting yourself or anyone else at risk.

Wetsuits come in a few different varieties – those holding a lower price tag and often found in supermarkets etc are likely to be windsurfing wetsuits, whilst these do a similar job they may restrict your swimming ability. A swimming wetsuit is designed to aid your swimming ability through its buoyancy, flexibility and thermal properties.

If you do not own a wetsuit but would like to try swimming in one, please get in touch, we offer wetsuits for hire as well as purchase.

Is there parking available at the Swim Centre?

Yes, please park for free at The Outdoor Centre.