West Kirby Marine Lake - CLOSED

The open water swims are not coached sessions

West Kirby Swim Rota

West Kirby swims will start Saturday 30th April 2016. These sessions will only be able to take place if we have 3 spotters each week for safety.

Based on you attending the swim sessions in  I have put each of you down to be a spotter on one date over the summer. Because of the popularity of the session it means that we just have to do ONE date each. Many hands make light work

Any issues, please contact paul.bradford@hotmail.com 

The updated rota can be found in the Dropbox folder:


Important: If you cannot make the date that I have given you please swap with someone else on the list ( contact emails are included ) and let me know the new arrangements so that I can keep an updated schedule on the Dropbox.

Also in the Dropbox are the normal operating procedures and emergency procedure documents etc. Please familiarise yourselves with these documents and contact me with any questions.


West Kirby Swim Information and Rules;


Swimming will only be permitted in the lake on Saturdays 07:00am until 08:30am

All swimmers must be a paid up member for the current season of Mersey Tri.

Printed Membership card must be shown and an emergency contact telephone number provided on registration.

The session is now £3.50. We make no profit from the session and all our fees go directly to the Lake at the end of each session



Members are responsible for their own medical fitness and ability to swim. Members must be able to swim 1500 meters non-stop and unaided in a pool. Evidence of capability may be asked for.

Swim strokes allowed are crawl (freestyle) and breaststroke. Backstroke is not permitted.

In normal circumstances the minimum age of swimmers is 16 years old. Any variation from this rule will be at the discretion of Mersey Tri coaches and will be based on known capabilities. Under 16 year olds must be a Mersey Tri member, wear a wet suit and hat, have parental consent and be accompanied by parent or guardian.



Solo swimming is not permitted. The minimum number in a group is three. If a group breaks up due to different swimming speeds, swimmers must re-group and carry out a head count of their group at the end of each length or width. Swimmers must check on the welfare of fellow swimmers in their group.

Only yellow swim hats are permitted. We have plenty of spares in the bag - these are non-branded but we have some Mersey Tri ones on the way. The yellow hats ensures we can spot the swimmers at all times. 

The risk assessment states that swimmers must swim out to the 2nd large buoy and turnaround. We have several swimmers swimming to the far end of the lake and back. There is no spotter at that end of the lake, and it's too large an area for Bob the boatman to patrol safely

If in difficulty swimmers are advised to turn onto their back and wave an arm in the air to attract attention.

The temperature of the lake requires the use of a wetsuit.

The use of MP3 players or any other audio device requiring the wearing of earphones is not permitted.

Swimmers are advised not to swim if they have any open or deep wounds due to the risk of water born infection. Cuts should be covered with waterproof dressings.

Swimmers should wash their hands before handling food and shower at the earliest opportunity. Wetsuits should also be cleaned



Please note: Proof of membership is required for scheduled Open Water Swims. If you have not received your membership card in time please provide printed membership email confirmation.

All members should read a copy of the current dock swim rules which should be available at the dockside or on the club website and agree to abide by them

The Dock is within a public area. Members need to be mindful of this, particularly when changing before and after the session.

Valuables and belongings are left are the owners risk. The club cannot be held responsible for any loss or damage.

These rules may be changed or amended by the club’s officials as dictated by prevailing circumstances on the day.

Any member transgressing these rules, or whose activities put either themselves or others at risk, or bring the club into disrepute, may be excluded from further participation by the club’s officials.



These rules have been approved by the Mersey Tri Committee