We love and care for your canals and rivers, because everyone deserves a place to escape.

Open water swimming

We know that for some people, indoor swimming just isn't their thing. The open waters that spread across our network often seem like inviting, cool places to grab some exercise. We are strongly advising anyone who is interested in open water swimming to make sure they have licensed supervision and support.

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Find your nearest club searching on Triathlon England; clubs will provide support whilst swimming, and can advise and possibly provide you with the right gear.

Check out the following for advice and more information about open water swimming:

If you are a triathlon club and would like to use one of our reservoirs for training please contact debbie.lumb@canalrivertrust.org.uk who will be able to discuss everything from the nearest venue to the insurance you'll need. 

Pendle Triathlon Club

Triathletes train in wet suits, coloured swimming caps, buoyancy aids and with the support of safety kayaks and a power boat. We work with Pendle Triathlon Club to ensure the safety of their swimmers throughout the summer season, and the water quality regularly.

They are prepared for the chilly water temperatures – and aren’t allowed to train if the water is too cold. One thing triathletes can’t train their bodies for is cold shock and any unseen dangers. If you'd like to talk to Pendle Triathlon Club you can find them on:

Last date edited: 25 August 2016