Open Water Swimming and Assessments

In order to swim in Leybourne Lake, you must first undertake an open water swim assessment with Leybourne Lake Water sports Centre.

During the assessment you will be taken through all the aspects of open water swimming including the safety rules so that you have a clear understanding of what is expected each time you swim with us.

PLEASE NOTE THAT IF YOU ARE RACING ONE OF OLT's EVENTS, THEN YOU DO NOT NEED TO UNDERTAKE A SWIM ASSESSMENT, HOWEVER WE STRONGLY ADVISE THAT YOU ENSURE YOU ARE CONFIDENT AND HAVE SWAM IN OPEN WATER PRIOR TO THE EVENT. 

Cold water affects the body and we refer you to The Outdoor Swimming Society and also to The Epilepsy Society

Open Water Assessment Information

  • Open water swim assessments normally take place with groups of no more than 5, will take approximately 45 minutes and cost £30
  • Once you have completed your swim assessment you will be provided with a certification card which you must present every time you swim
  • The lake is normally open for swimming between May and September (depending on the water temperature) and swimming costs £5 per day.

Swim Courses

Our lake has three different marked swim courses:

  • 1330 meters (orange route)
  • 750 meters (yellow route)
  • 550 meters (green route).

The map below shows these courses in more detail.

 Swim Map