Open Water Swimming
2021 Open Water Swimming Sessions from May*
*dependent on water temperature being above 11 degrees Celsius, Covid restrictions and water quality testing.
We are hoping that we can return to swimming at Barton Marina from 1st May!
This is, of course, dependent on restrictions on Open air events being lifted (and remaining lifted) after 12th April.
Swimming at Barton is open to both club members and non-members but ALL swimmers must have read the Code of Conduct and hand in a signed copy of the Open Water Declaration form the first time they swim.
You can download the forms below. Please print them off and bring them along to your first session. There will be copies available at each session but completing them in advance will save you time.
No swimming is allowed outside of the Club sessions without the consent of the Site Owner.
|DTC Open Water Declaration Form 2020||DTC Open Water Code of Conduct|
DTC members only need to complete the online disclaimer to cover all sessions, including open water swimming. Click here
All participants must register for the session using the Eventbrite sign up below:
Using Eventbrite allows the club to manage the open water swim session cash-free and to control participant numbers for each session.
PLEASE NOTE – All participants need to fill out a “Return to Play” form once before attending ANY DTC session. This form needs saving, completing, printing, signing, scanning before e-mailing to our Covid Officer, Jenny Romero (see members list for her private e-mail address, a DTC email address will be available soon for you to send it too). This form MUST be sent to Jenny at least 12 hours BEFORE the session starts.
Also all participants need to complete a “Pre-Session health Questions” form for EACH and EVERY session that they attend. This form MAY be sent to Jenny at least 12 hours BEFORE the session starts, or printed and handed when you register for your swim.
All swimmers must be experienced open water swimmers
All swimmers MUST have a Tow Float and brightly coloured swim hat. If arriving at a session without you will not be allowed to swim and your entry fee will not be refunded.
Please arrive swim ready-DTC will not be providing a changing tent due to Covid-19 restrictions
Barton Marina, Barton Turn, Barton-Under-Needwood, Staffordshire, DE13 8DZ
Click here for map or scroll to bottom of the page.
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 are some toilets available for public use at the far end of the Marina Complex.
£5 (members and 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.
Marshaling is split into two shifts per session, the first shift includes set-up time and second shift includes packing away:
- Wednesday 17:35-18:40 and 18:40-19:30
- Saturday 07:45-09:15 and 09:15-10:30
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
We have not yet made a decision on whether we will be operating open water coached sessions in 2021.
Click here to see maps of the area.