Open Water Swimming
During the summer months we operate an Open Water site at Barton Marina.
2018 sessions from Apr to October
(dependant on water temperature being above 11 degrees Celsius)
Swimming is open to both Club members and non-members but all swimmers must have read the Code of Conduct and handed in a signed copy of the OW Declaration form the first time they swim.
No swimming is allowed outside of the Club sessions without the consent of the Site Owner.
|OW Declaration Form||OW Declaration Form||OW Code of Conduct|
Can all Club members please ensure they complete the online disclaimer – click here.
Barton Marina, Barton Turn, Barton-Under-Needwood, Staffordshire, DE13 8DZ
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As you enter Barton Marina the small lake is immediately on the right accessed through the small car park. From the car park keep the lake on you right and follow the path round to find the OW registration and water entry and exit point.
Click here for Water Quality Report. Link disabled until April when we have tested the water quality.
Parking is free on the Barton Marina site.
The best place to park is in the small car park next to the lake but this can get very busy so the larger car park adjacent to the Marina complex can be used.
If you have bikes on the roof of the car please note there is a height restriction on the entry to the small car park.
We swim in the small lake at Barton Marina. The lake is clean and calm and follows a 500m buoy marked course anticlockwise around the island. The lake is shallow around the edges although deeper by the island. If necessary the water can be exited from most of the shoreline and is therefore ideal for novice OW swimmers. Safety cover is provided on both sides of the lake.
There are no changing facilities at Barton Marina. If you get changed by your car please respect that this site is open to the general public. There will be a shelter in which you can leave your kit in and provide some privacy in which to get changed. Any belongings are left at your own risk.
There are some toilets available for public use at the far end of the Marina Complex.
£4 – Club Members, Juniors & Students with ID
£5 – Non members
Food & Drink
Within the Marina Complex there are several places to eat and drink. For more information please visit the Marina website. http://www.bartonmarina.co.uk/
For every session we need a minimum of two marshals.
One of these will act as the Water Safety Officer to check people in and out of the water, and the other will need to be located on the other side of the island and act as Safety Marshal.
Marshalling is split into two shifts per session, the first shift includes set-up time and second shift includes packing away:
- Wednesday 17:30-18:30 and 18:30-19:45
- Saturday 08:15-09:30 and 09:30-10:45
Club members who are able to help out with OW Safety please sign up via the website – click here.
For any non-members who would like to help out please email firstname.lastname@example.org
For every session you help out at you will get a free swim
The Club provides coached OW sessions for its members. Details of these can be found in the Club calendar.
To assist the coaches all swimmers in these sessions should wear white swim hats – all other swimmers should wear brightly coloured swim hats except white.
Coached sessions are focused around the buoy closest to entry/exit point and only swimmers in coached sessions are allowed to use the coaching buoy (non orange).