Tuesday 29th September 2020 - 8pm
We are very pleased to announce that we will be holding our first ever night swim at Compton Verney on September 29th 2020. This will be an opportunity to swim in our beautiful lake in a completely different environment - the dark!
You will be get ready in the magical surroundings of the Capability Brown designed grounds of Compton Verney House. You will follow the lights to the check-in area beside the lake where you will then get prepared to swim in the glow of the fairy lights.
The emphasis on this swim will be all about enjoying the atmosphere and taking in the lights, sounds and calm of swimming in such an unusual environment. This is not a swim for smashing out fast laps, this is about taking your time and taking it all in. Breast stroke is best for seeing the sights but you can swim how you like and at what speed you like. It's your swim.
All swimmers will be issued a huge glow stick to put on a tow float (more on that below), a super bright glow stick to attach to your goggle straps and some glow bangles to put where you like! To increase the atmosphere we will only be opening the small 250m loop so there will be plenty of others around you to enjoy the swim with and 'follow the lights'.
To make sure you feel super safe in the dark world, there will be extra kayaks and safety paddle boarders in the water. They will also be lit up to add to the spectacle. Turn buoys will be bright and unmissable so you won't be able to go too far astray!
You can swim for up to 60 minutes before getting out and enjoying the spectacle from lakeside. Make sure you bring plenty of warm post-swim clothes so you can take some pictures and relax.
Food and drink will be available with tea, coffee, hot chocolate and cakes available from the 'Do3 Daughters' Tilly and Bella. We also have the great 'Garden Shed Pod' coming along to provide hot snacks and some beer and wine for those who fancy a post swim tipple!
Sound good so far? Please read the important 'need to know' stuff below before clicking the button to book.
Compton Verney Lake. Compton Verney, Warwickshire CV35 0JH
Finding the Venue
Compton Verney is very well located in the heart of rural Warwickshire. The main road routes to the venue would be along the 'Fosse Way' B4455 or the B4086 from the direction of Stratford upon Avon or from Junction 12 of the M40 via Kineton.
The entrance to the swim venue is off the B4086. Look for the signs directing you into the carpark.
Upon arrival at the carpark (2) please find a space (no payment is required) and make your way towards the welcome centre.
Toilets are available at the Welcome Centre. Please note there are only two toilets (one with disabled access), so they should not be used as changing rooms
Enter the grounds via the gate to the right of the centre as you look at it from the carpark. Please then follow the lights to the lake!
The booking in zone and lake entrance/exit is located beside Upper Bridge (area 1 on the map).
Important Information for swimmers (please read)
We take the safety and security of swimmers very seriously. We also have been lucky enough to be granted access to this beautiful venue (and would like to keep it this way for your use for many years to come!). For this reason we have a number of swimmers' rules which we ask all swimmers to agree to and abide by. They are as follows:
Access and belongings
SOCIAL DISTANCING - At all times when on site you must adhere to the current social distancing guidelines of staying 2 metres apart from anyone outside of your household bubble. This includes when queuing for check-in/out, toilets, getting food/drink and to enter the water.
Please stick to the routes to/from the lake as described above and follow signage. The area of the grounds on the other side of the Upper Bridge are private and out of bounds - Please see the notes below about running and cycling pre/post swim.
Please arrive at the booking in zone no earlier than 20 mins before your swim time. This is in order to reduce congestion and help aid social distancing.
There are NO changing facilities at the venue at present so please arrive changed and ready to swim.
You are responsible for your own belongings and Do3 do not take any responsibility for lost property (we will of course hold anything accidentally left behind). We suggest leaving all property locked in your car. You can walk to the booking in area and leave footwear/small bags in the marked location near the start.
Booking in and out procedure
ALL SESSIONS MUST BE PRE-BOOKED PRIOR TO ATTENDANCE. THERE ARE NO EXCEPTIONS TO THIS RULE (SEE "HOW TO BOOK AND SECURE YOUR SWIM SLOT" BELOW
NO SWIMMERS ARE ALLOWED TO ENTER THE WATER UNTIL THEY HAVE BEEN CHECKED IN BY A MEMBER OF DO3 STAFF
SOCIAL DISTANCING - At all times when on site you must adhere to the current social distancing guidelines of staying 2 metres apart from anyone outside of your household bubble.
In the booking in zone you will see the booking in desk. You MUST check-in and give your name so we can mark you as 'arrived'. You will be given a briefing before you are allowed to enter the water and start your swim.
You must exit the lake before the end of your 1 hour slot. Kayakers will prevent anyone starting new laps 10 minutes before the end of the session.
When you finish your swim you MUST re-attend the booking in desk and get checked out by a member of staff.
After your swim you can get some food and drink but please ensure you are socially distant from others while you consume these. We will have a 'COVID officer' on duty looking to ensure compliance.
The full swim loop at Compton Verney is approximately 600m but for this night swim only the 250m loop will be open.
The lake is regularly tested for water quality and blue-green algae. In the most recent tests the water quality results came back as 'excellent' and the blue-green algae tests showed 'no-trace'. We monitor these items on a regular basis
The water temperature is monitored permanently and this will be displayed in the booking-in area.
Getting in-out of the lake. Please be careful and take your time getting in and out. There will be matting on the floor at the entry/exit point to protect swimmers' feet in the lake. There are lots of fresh water mussels (a sign of a healthy lake). These can be sharp so be cautious when putting your feet down and try to swim up to the matting if you can. The edges of the matting will be marked with flags on the bank so you know where to aim for.
Unless there is an emergency you must only enter and leave the lake at the designated start/finish point.
Every session will be covered by safety staff in the form of kayakers, spotters and lifeguards. There will always be a first aider on site. All staff have been trained to deal with and respond to incidents as they occur. Please be courteous to the safety staff at all times as they are there to protect and look after you.
If the lake needs to be evacuated due to weather conditions or incident, you will hear one long blast on a whistle. On hearing this warning, please proceed immediately to the normal swim exit point.
Abusive language or behaviour towards staff or other swimmers will not be tolerated and may result in a ban.
All swimmers will be asked to do a competency test at the start of their first swim. This will simply involve a simple out and back swim across the narrow section of the lake near to the entry point, rolling onto your back and giving the coach a thumbs up. If you get into difficulty when swimming, rolling onto your back and raising your hand signals to safety crew that you need help, so we need to know you can do that.
SOCIAL DISTANCING - When overtaking slower swimmers in the lake please try to give space and breathe away from the swimmer you are overtaking.
Book now to secure your swim slot!
ALL SESSIONS MUST BE PRE-BOOKED PRIOR TO ATTENDANCE. THERE ARE NO EXCEPTIONS TO THIS RULE
Swim slots are allocated on a per-hour basis and numbers are strictly limited.
There are three time slots available - 8:00pm, 8:15pm and 8:30pm. All sessions are for 60mins max.
Cost £20. This includes everything except food and drink (including your glow-sticks!).
By far the easiest way to register, book and pay for swim sessions (and other services) is by using the Do3 App! Once you have the app on your phone or tablet, simply navigate to 'Open Water'.
No Smart Phone? No problem, simply book in via the form at the bottom of this page or click here.