Open water swim sessions code of conduct
BRJ Run & Tri has an agreement with Hinchingbrooke Park to use the sports lake for open water swimming on Friday evenings (Members only).
Please note swimming is not permitted at any other time.
Open water swimming is a fantastic experience but it does come with safety issues. Failure to abide by the code of conduct may result in having your membership revoked. There is always a non-swimming person checking you in and out of the lake every week and they have the overall say on when and where you can swim. Bad weather conditions may prevent the swim sessions from going ahead right up to and during the swim session.
Please read the code of conduct below to ensure you have a safe and enjoyable swim
- All swimmers MUST be able to swim 750m in a pool without stopping, before swimming in the lake.
- Please pay special attention to the briefing given by the safety kayakers before the first swim of the season. If you are not at the season's first swim please ensure you arrive on time to be briefed by them before your first swim.
- Junior members are allowed to swim in open water provided they are accompanied at all times in the lake with their parent, guardian or coach who must be a competent swimmer as well as a member. All code of conduct rules apply to juniors. Juniors MUST wear a wetsuit if entering the water. Juniors who wish only to paddle only can do so provided a parent or guardian is in the water with them. They too must wear a wetsuit and must not paddle further than waist deep. The watchers will NOT be responsible for paddlers as they will be monitoring swimmers further out on the lake. Full responsibility is therefore with the parent or guardian for junior paddlers.
- You must sign in on arrival and hand in your membership card, please note NO CARD NO SWIM.
- As soon as you exit the water you must sign out and collect your card so the person in charge knows you are out.
- Wetsuits are compulsory, unless you can prove you are training for cross channel swimming.
- Bright coloured swim hats are a must (not black) again you can't swim in lake without one.
- For your own safety please swim in pairs or small groups.
- Swim in a clockwise direction and keep the buoys to your right and try not to swim directly down the middle of the lake, this is to avoid people swimming into each other.
- Please take time to look at the lake and take note of landmarks you can sight when swimming.
- Keep a look out for other swimmers and stay alert at all times
- When entering the water keep a look out for any object in the water that might cause harm.
- Minor cuts and abrasions must be covered up with a plaster, if you have deep cuts do not swim.
- Please do not swim if you are unwell.
- If you become unwell after open water swimming please see your GP and state you have been swimming in open water.
- Try not to ingest any water and after swimming it is good practice not to eat until you have washed your hands.
- If at any point you get into trouble while swimming, roll onto you back, wave and shout for attention.
- Note, we do not test for water quality.