Open to all, our open-water swimming sessions offer invigorating exercise in the great outdoors. Affiliated with the National Open Water Coaching Association (NOWCA), we have systems and technology to maintain the highest level of open water safety.

Guests staying on-site must comply with the requirements on this page, must also be NOWCA registered to swim, and pre-book onto sessions to participate.

Non-Member Swim

A non-member swim can be booked by campers or anyone wanting to try swimming at Pillaton before becoming a member.

To book a non-member swim for £10.00 please book online Make your booking (

NOWCA membership required- for regular swimming

Before their first swim, all swimmers (except non-member swimmers) must be registered and a member of the National Open Water Coaching Association, NOWCA.

Your NOWCA wristband

Swimmers must ‘scan in’ when they enter the water and ‘scan out’ after their swim. The wristband contains your membership details, swimming stats, medical information & emergency contacts supplied by you on registration.

When you first register with NOWCA you need to select Pillaton Hall Farm as your venue; your wristband will be ready for you when you arrive for your first session.

Each person swimming must

  • register with NOWCA, wear their NOWCA wristband and pre-book, or have booked a non-member swim.
  • have, and use, an attached safety float.
  • have, and wear a swimming hat (winter only)
  • be able to swim confidently for 25m (one length of an indoor pool).
  • be physically and mentally fit and have no pre-existing medical conditions that would affect them swimming in open water.

Children aged 8 – 16

In addition, children over 8 years old may participate if

  • they are registered with the NOWCA
  • are accompanied by an adult in the water. Note: standing at the edge of the water is not sufficient.
  • the water temperature is above 15 degrees centigrade for over 14’s
  • the water temperature is above 18 degrees centigrade for under 14’s
  • they wear a wetsuit and use a tow float.

Please only make a booking for your child if these conditions are met, and you know the water temperature is going to be above 15 degrees


All bookings via the NOWCA using their ACTIO app 

Pre-booking is essential as spaces are limited.

Please ensure that you have read & understood our Terms and Conditions.


£8.00 per member swim session.
£7.00 per member swim session, if you book 10 credits
(1 credit = 1 session).

To book a non-member swim for £10.00 please book online Make your booking (

Tow Float Hire £3.00 (£5.00 with lights)


For all questions and queries please email [email protected]



Swim Session Times

Tuesday OPEN WATER SWIM 5:00pm – 6:00pm

Tuesday OPEN WATER SWIM 6:00pm – 7:00pm

Wednesday OPEN WATER SWIM 10:00am – 11:00am

New members MUST have experience or knowledge of swimming in cold water.  We offer cold water swimming courses for complete beginners


Saturday OPEN WATER SWIM 8:00am – 9:00am

Saturday OPEN WATER SWIM 9:00am – 10:00am

New members MUST have experience or knowledge of swimming in open water.  We offer open water swimming courses for complete beginners


Sunday OPEN WATER SWIM 8:30am – 9:30am

Sunday OPEN WATER SWIM 9:30am – 10:30am

     Sunday OPEN WATER SWIM 10:30am – 11:30am

     Sunday OPEN WATER SWIM 4:00pm – 5:00pm

New members MUST have experience or knowledge of swimming in open water.  We offer open water swimming courses for complete beginners

If NOWCA members want to bring a buddy they can book a non-member swim.

A qualified open-water lifeguard and duty manager will be in attendance.

There will be an assistance boat on the water that can bring you a floatation device and help you to the side of the lake should you need assistance.

It is important that you have read and understood our Open Water Swimming Terms and Conditions


2024 dates to be announced soon

Beginners Introduction to Open Water Swimming

Come join us for a beginners introduction where one of our open water swimming coaches will guide you and a small class through your first dip.

£25.00 per person. Includes swim in the lake, two float hire, wetsuit hire, classroom learning, a hot drink and a chance to ask questions.

The session is expected to last up to 1 hour.

Every Sunday at 2pm from May to September.

Book on to swimming courses

Cold Water Swimming Introduction Courses

These cold water swimming courses run between October and April for people who want to try cold water swimming as a complete beginner or we offer a course for experienced cold water swimmers who perhaps need a little more confidence.

Beginners Course

£35.00 per person, which includes tow float hire, wetsuit hire, classroom learning, a swim in our beautiful open water swimming lake, a certificate upon completion and a warm drink at the end of your swim.

Each course is a maximum of 12 people.

Book on to swimming courses

At The Cabin wet suit shop we stock a variety of wetsuits and open water swimming accessories. Find out more


Open swimming is lovely there beautiful site and yummy cafe
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Emma Louise Kay
Great place for NOWCA approved cold water open water swimming. A great site with friendly staff and a smashing lake with some good facilities.
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Mark Broadbent
5 star ratingLovely place First visit today for open swimming.
What a lovely place. Friendly staff who took the time to engage in conversations about the site. Extremely clean and on a beautiful day it was the perfect setting. Will definitely be returning.
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Vikk84 Avatar
Another fab swim this morning! Great place and lovely people
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Nurse Alison
Best midlands based open water swimming place. Love it. Well organised and staffed professionally. Plenty of lovely warm showers to use afterwards and a great little cafe that on site too. Book via Nowca/Actio. They've just had another new inflatable. Kids love paddle boarding here. Have camped here too with the kids. Great base for getting out in the car and seeing the sites of the Midlands or a spot of fishing on site of that's your thing.
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Kel Dawkins
Great location and loads to do with parks, open water swimming, on water assault course, fishing, takeaway food, bar and others. Onsite shop as well. But God you pay for the privilege of staying here. More than £50 per night in half term and then you have to pay for your electric ON TOP of that which can only be purchased in £10 blocks. If you can accept the price point then you'll definitely go back. Its only the price point that stopped this being a 5* rating 😄😄
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James Carr

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