Open Water Swimming

Experience Open Water Wild Swimming Lagoon at Buckland Park Lake, Nr Reigate in Surrey

It's time to lose the lane ropes!

Enjoy the challenge of an open water swim. Commune with nature whilst achieving those personal goals, shedding those pounds and meeting like minded people. Cold water can increase energy levels, nerve endings stand up and your heart starts racing – it is the best possible way to get a natural high.

During Covid 19 Easing we have different rules and procedures. 

Forward booking until the end of June 2020 under present procedures.

You are Welcome to Book with us for swimming If:

1: You and all of your household are not showing any Covid 19 related symptoms and you are in general good health.
2: Your age 16 or above.
3: You have your own wetsuit and equipment (including bright coloured swim hat.
4. You can swim 500m continuously.
5. You have completed the booking form via the link below.

Covid 19 - Swim Times - 45 min sessions only, we have increased the amount of session so we can welcome more swimmers:

Sunday Mornings : from 8am
Mondays Evenings: From 5pm
Tuesday Morning: From 8am
Tuesday Evenings : From 5pm
Wednesday Morning: From 8am
Wednesday Evenings : From 5pm
Thursday Morning: From 8am
Thursday Morning : From 9am
Friday Morning: From 8am
Friday Evening : From 5pm
Saturday Mornings : From 9am

To book your session please click here or use your booking link

Junior Swim sessions: Tues, Wednesday and Friday 11am and Thursday 5-6pm and Saturday 8-9am
(If you plan swim with your junior please book 2 places)

New Junior and Family swim click here to book your slot. Please read the guidelines carefully in the document via this link.

Please watch our Covid Safe Procedure Film

Parents that are also swimmers can book a place with there junior and swim at the same time. In this case please book for both of you so we can continues to manage our numbers effectively to maintain social distancing.

Junior swim explained:

Introduction to Open Water Swimming Courses now available under our new covid safe procedures: 
Groups of 5:1 instructor £72.00
Our 2020 introduction to open water swimming courses are now available to book, if you are new to open water swimming or are nervous about taking the next step then this is the course for you:

1:1 and 1:2 Introduction to Open Water Swimming courses also available at £99.00 per person, to book a 1:1 - 1:2 session please email 

The SHACs Standard terms and conditions for when we return to normal times.

(No entry will be permitted without membership form completed)
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Please note that you MUST be a member to swim in the lagoon
The SHAC Open Water swimming season starts on the first Sunday in April & depending on conditions will run until at least sometime in October & hopefully beyond with, reduced sessions throughout the Winter for cold water swimming & cold hydrotherapy.
The SHAC Open Water swimming season April – September and we do run a winter season as well for those looking to swim through. Email us for details.
The system is pay as you go & all sessions are bookable on our website. You need complete an online membership form prior to swimming

A pre-booked swim costs £9.60 & if you decide to pay on arrival the price is £12.00. 

 If we need to cancel a session for any reason, (usually stormy weather) we will notify swimmers who have booked directly & others, publicly through our social media.
The SHAC have a comprehensive training programme for beginners & more experienced swimmers. The introduction to Open Water Swimming course is perfect for swimmers who are new to the sport & swimmers who are a bit rusty or not confident. These sessions are a great way to meet other swimmers & offer the potential to find swimming buddies.
Open Water Swimming Stroke Analysis:
If you are looking to improve your open water swimming techniques our Stroke Analysis session is a 1:1 or 1:2 session with one of our OW swimming coaches. They will identify parts of your stroke that could be adjusted to improve your technique and efficiency and how to implement those change.

1:2:1, 2:2:1 & private group training for all abilities can be booked through our office at

**The lagoon is a wild location and the facilities are very basic and limited with discrete makeshift changing areas and a basic toilet facility. **

Click here to complete our 2020 membership form

(No entry will be permitted without membership form completed)

Introduction to Open Water Swimming Courses:
Our 2020 introduction to open water swimming courses are now available to book, if you are new to open water swimming or are nervous about taking the next step then this is the course for you:For full details please click here

Swimming Terms and Conditions:

1. Wet-suits must be warn in cold water conditions below 15 degrees. (Consent can be granted to swim suit free in cold water conditions if you have proven cold water acclimatization experience) If you do not have a wet suit we have ZONE 3 suits available to hire and purchase at the Lagoon.

2. Bright Swim Hats must also be warn at all times when in the water and can be purchased lagoon side if you do not have one.

3. If you have not swum in open water before please make sure you have completed an introduction to open water swimming course with The SHAC.

4. Consumption of alcohol or drugs before entering the water is strictly prohibited. We reserve the right to deny access to the water if any suspicion of drugs or alcohol use has taken place before entering the water.

5. Please make sure you bring a warm change of clothes and a hat for on both cold and sunny days.

Our Swimming Coaches

Our coaching team are STA Open water specific swim coaches trained by the best in the business and friend of The SHAC, double world champion Keri-Anne Payne.

The SHACs Coaches have years of teaching experience behind them and benefit from the most progressive approaches available in open water swimming today.

Swimming Courses

We have single swim, 1:1 coaching sessions and masterclasses in open water swimming available. Please get in touch for more details.

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We are delighted to be working with Zone 3 wet-suits this year and we will have them available for hire and to buy at the Lagoon throughout the summer season.

And if you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact us or follow us on Facebook for the latest news and releases:
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Safety First with The SHAC

All our team are fully qualified RLSS Open Water Specific Lifeguards.