Lee Valley White Water Centre

Lee Valley White Water Centre launches open water swimming sessions

Swimmers can dive into a summer of open water swimming at Lee Valley White Water Centre in Hertfordshire

Lee Valley White Water Centre has announced the return of their open water swimming sessions this summer, which are open to swimmers of all levels and experience.

The Centre, which hosted many of the 2012 Olympic Games’ aquatic events, is on the edge of the 1000-acre River Lee Country Park, and offers a host of sport and leisure activities including white water rafting, canoeing, kayaking, hydrospeeding (similar to body boarding) and inflatable obstacle courses.

Swimming has been added to the venue’s range of activities, and, according to John Lea, General Manager at the Centre, swimmers can enjoy the lake surrounded by scenic natural surroundings, and feel assured of the water’s cleanliness and a supervised environment.

“Lee Valley White Water Centre offers the perfect setting for open water swimming, with its pristine lake and breath taking scenery,” said Mr Lea.

“We are delighted to welcome swimmers of all backgrounds and abilities to experience the joy and benefits of this sport.”

The following sessions will be available on Tuesdays at 4.45pm to 5.45pm and 6pm to 7pm. There will also be a session on Sundays at 8.45am to 9.45am, operated by Better, the charitable enterprise.

While the Centre welcomes swimmers to their designated swimming lake, they advise against entering other bodies of water in the Lee Valley, many of which are old gravel extraction pits with submerged machinery and cables, and have unexpected currents.

If you want to book a session of open water swimming at Lee Valley White Water Centre, visit better.org.uk

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Abi writes swimming news stories and features for the Outdoor Swimmer website and manages the social media channels. She loves to swim, run, hike and SUP close to her home in Herefordshire. While she’s a keen wild swimmer, Abi is new to the world of open water events and recently completed her first open water mile. She has previously written for The Guardian, BBC Countryfile Magazine, BBC History Magazine and Ernest Journal.