Open Water Swimming

Open Water Swimming

We are proud to announce that Hadleigh Park is working in partnership with Great Swim Local (GSL) throughout May – September. Come and swim our 380m swim course safe in the knowledge that you will be supervised by our qualified and experienced safety team. Hot showers and changing facilities are provided.

Great Swim Local technology allows us to track and time individual swimmers in the water providing a high level of safety. ALL timings are available online allowing swimmers to track times and record PB’s.

Swimmers should register on the GSL website to receive their Great Swim Wrist band.

Great Swim wristband holders receive discounts on Hadleigh Park swim sessions and Tea/Coffee in the Hub Cafe as well as having the opportunity to enter Great Swim Events and Great swim locals across the country.

Swimming times:

Will restart Spring 2018 

Wednesday   –



Swimming Costs

£5 per session with a GSL wristband

£6 Without GSL Wristband

Swimmers must be 12 years and over and all juniors (under 18’s) must be accompanied by an adult swimmer at all times.

Don’t forget We now offer a Hadleigh Park Pass – a discount parking pass available from the Hadleigh Park Office for just £65 for a whole year or £40 for 6 months! Bringing parking cost down to £1.25 per week!

Swimmers are required to wear a wetsuit (below 16 degrees C)  or use a tow-float (to be inspected by Hadleigh life-guard before entering the water) and will NOT be allowed to swim without either.

Open Water Swim Coaching

Hadleigh Park are offering Beginners and intermediate Open water swim coaching in association with Tri and swim well.

Beginners Swim Coaching

Ideal for those who have never been swimming in a wetsuit, or in open water, or anyone who has swum in open water before but struggled, or anyone who alternates between breastroke and front crawl. This will boost your confidence and improve your technique.

  • Must be able to swim at least 25m non-stop in front crawl
  • £20 per session (inc. Swim entry)
  • Qualified Swim coaches will coach from both shore and on the water.
  • Wetsuits available at cost of £10 per session


Join the Team

We are always looking for keen and enthusiastic volunteers to help our swimming sessions run smoothly. You don’t need to do the whole session, committing to only an hour, will earn a free swim, for every 2 hours volunteered we will give you free parking and a free tea or coffee too.   Email to sign up!

Session Leader

–Responsible for managing the session including:

  • Coordinating the course set up and check
  • Briefing and deploying the safety team
  • Starting the session
  • Briefing swimmers
  • Monitoring swimmer entry and exit
  • Closing the session


–Maintain the safety of all customers in and around the reservoir

–  Responsible for observing and interacting with swimmers around the course and towing swimmers to a point of safety if required.


–Responsible for observing and interacting, supporting the lifeguards to count heads in the water and alert them to anyone requiring assistance.


– Responsible for observing and interacting, supporting the lifeguards to count heads in the water and alert them to anyone requiring assistance.

Water sign in/ out

–Responsible for feeding all swimmers the safety brief, ensuring they are signed in and out of the water using the digital technology

Volunteer Co-ordinator 

–Responsible for recruiting volunteers, keeping information up to date and  assigning volunteers to roles each week.