Triatholon Swim

Frequently asked questions

How do I choose and book a session?

Look at the swim sessions section and decide what kind of coaching you want. Once you've decided, go to the booking page, select the type of session, click on a day and click on the time. Please note, you have to select the time even if that's the only one available for that day.

Why can't I book the session that I want?

If the booking calendar is showing a date and time, then you can book it. If the date and/or time is faded or no time is showing, this could mean: 1. There's no session available at this time 2. The session is fully booked 3. You are trying to book too close to the start of the session

How do I pay?

You can pay using a credit or debit card when you book. During the coronavirus pandemic, I am taking cash or BACS payments only because these are easier to refund. Please transfer your payment in the 24-hours before your session or bring cash to lakeside. You will get my bank details in your confirmation email.

Can I cancel?

You can cancel up to 48-hours before your session and get a full refund. If you cancel less than 48-hours before your session, you can rearrange the session for another date but not get a refund. I will only cancel if I am ill, have a family emergency, if there's a water quality issue, or if the weather conditions are really terrible. You can read my cancellation policy here.

How long is a session?

The length of each session is stated on the booking page. This does not mean that you'll be in the water for the whole time. How long you stay in the water depends on the temperature and conditions. Remember that you're paying for my expertise and for me to keep you safe and that your session will include time out of the water briefing and debriefing.

What temperature is the water?

The water temperature in Clevedon Marine Lake generally tracks close to the air temperature, so it is very weather dependent. As a general guide, have a look at the chart below.

Do I need a wetsuit?

You don't have to wear a wetsuit, it is entirely up to you. Wear a wetsuit if:

  • it would make you more comfortable
  • you are training for an event where you have to wear one
Please only wear a proper swimming wetsuit -- you can't swim in a all-purpose or water sports wetsuit. For more information on choosing a wetsuit, please read my blog.

Do I need a swim hat?

Yes. You must wear a swim hat for four reasons:

  • It keeps your head warm and your core temperature
  • It makes you visible to other lake users
  • It keeps your hair out of your face
  • It makes you more streamlined
Your hat should be a tight-fitting silicone swim cap as pictured below. If you are swimming heads-up breaststroke and don't plan on swimming with your face in the water, you may wear a bobble hat or any other hat of your liking.

Are there changing facilities at Clevedon Marine Lake

No. Please bring a large towel, dressing gown or change robe to change under.

Are there toilets at Clevedon Marine Lake?

The nearest public toilets are a 300m walk from the lake and they cost 20p to use, so please bring 20p coins.

Can I bring spectators?

Yes. The lake is open to the public at all times. Please don't bring any unaccompanied children, though, as we won't be able to keep an eye on them.

Can I bring my dog?

No. No dogs are allowed at the lake at any time. This is because of risks to public health and water quality.

Is there disabled access at Clevedon Marine Lake?

Yes. There are six disabled parking bays in the Salthouse Fields carpark (pay and display). It is a 300m smooth tarmac path to the lake, but it does include two slopes. Access to the water is by wide, metal steps with handrails on both sides.

Is the water in Clevedon Marine Lake deep?

In places, yes. The water is deep in the corner closest to the sea and at the Salthouse end of the lake. The side by the model boat lake is very shallow, as is the end closest to the toddler splash pool. Please see the map below.

Is the water in Clevedon Marine Lake clean?

Yes, the water quality is usually rated excellent or good. We test the water quality throughout April to October and publish the results on Clevedon Marine Lake's website. I am a trustee for the charity that manages the lake, and I am part of the water quality testing team, so I am the first to know if the water quality drops below par. In this situation, I will let you know and postpone or cancel your session. Please be aware that this is a natural body of water, and you should always:

  1. wear goggles and earplugs
  2. wash or anti-bac your hands after swimming
  3. have a shower when you get home*
*after winter swimming, wait 2-4 hours before having a warm shower.

Will there be other people at Clevedon Marine Lake?

Yes. Clevedon Marine Lake is open to the publics at all times.

Are there big waves in the sea at Clevedon?

If the wind is high, there may be big waves. If you are a nervous or weak swimmer, please let me know so that I can assess the conditions before our swim.

Where do I park for a sea swim?

There is on-street parking along the sea front and on Copse Road. Please allow adequate time to find a parking space.

Can we swim under the pier?

Yes. If the conditions allow it, we can swim under the pier.

What if I can't swim front crawl?

You can learn! If you don't want to swim front crawl, you don't have to. The outdoor swimming skills sessions are set up for front crawl swimmers only, but everything else is front crawl or breaststroke.

I have never swum outdoors before... when can I start?

The best time to start swimming outdoors is when the water is 15 degrees centigrade or above. Between 10 and 15 degrees, your cold water shock reponse is extreme, so you should be very cautious. It is not a good idea to start when the temperature is in single figures. Please read my blog to find out more.