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The largest network of open water swimming venues across the UK. Over 40 OWS venues available to its members. NOWCA delivers value to OWS venues by giving access to its 35k strong membership, and access to its end to end bespoke OWS software platform.

Members have access to accident insurance, including their commute to a venue as well as access to over 40 lakes. Depending on the Tier of membership they will also have access to discounted swims via NOWCA GOLD. All members gain access to the NOWCA Perks scheme with over 15 business partners offering relevant discounts for those with an active membership. Members wear the NOWCA safety band and sc

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15/09/2021

We need more safe open water venues, not less! Please join us to support the Swineham Open Water Swimming application so they can continue to provide a safe community space to promote health and wellbeing.

Comments will close for this application on Fri, 17 Sept 2021.

See the post below for more information.

There are times when we all must come together as a community and help each other out. Today is one of those times.

We have been advised that our affiliated venue, Swineham Open Water Swimming, are forced to apply for retrospective planning permission in Purbeck, Dorset following a complaint from a local resident. The application is to carry out open water swimming and to site a container on the land (that is used as a change facility for members), and is currently in the consultation stage whereby supporters and objectors can comment on the application.

NOWCA will be fully supporting their application and we are asking our community to also show support for this venue.

Follow the link to find out more and how you can show your support for this venue: https://nowca.org/community-support-needed-to-keep-swineham-open-water-swimming-venue-open/

Click here to comment on the application: https://planning.dorsetcouncil.gov.uk/plandisp.aspx?recno=288337

#nowca #nowcavenues #swineham @swinehamopenlakeswimming

14/09/2021

Open water swimming is not only a summer activity, you can continue swimming throughout the winter season. But it is important to prepare and learn about how to swim safely in cold water.

Take the first step by completing the FREE NOWCA Master Quiz to test your knowledge of cold water swimming.

Take the quiz here: https://nowca-education-portal.teachable.com/p/cold-water-quiz

#nowca #coldwaterswimming #openwater #openwaterswimming

Open water swimming is not only a summer activity, you can continue swimming throughout the winter season. But it is important to prepare and learn about how to swim safely in cold water.

Take the first step by completing the FREE NOWCA Master Quiz to test your knowledge of cold water swimming.

Take the quiz here: https://nowca-education-portal.teachable.com/p/cold-water-quiz

#nowca #coldwaterswimming #openwater #openwaterswimming

Photos from Queenford Lakes Open Water Swimming's post 13/09/2021

Take a look at those delicious edible medals! A great way to finish the Queenford Challenge swim. Well done to all who took part! 🏊🏊🏊

12/09/2021

This week's lake is of course Dinton Pastures Country Park! Operated by Love Open Water, this is one of the newest lakes to join NOWCA's affiliated venue network.

Surrounded by woodland and meadow, this lake is within easy reach of Reading, Wokingham and Bracknell. The community can now enjoy safe open water swimming as well as an array of open water courses.

This venue undergoes regular water testing (consistently showing excellent water quality for bathing) and qualified lifeguards are onsite at every session.

The new Dinton Pastures Country Park is also now open offering a range of facilities.

#nowca #nowcavenues #loveopenwater

This week's lake is of course Dinton Pastures Country Park! Operated by Love Open Water, this is one of the newest lakes to join NOWCA's affiliated venue network.

Surrounded by woodland and meadow, this lake is within easy reach of Reading, Wokingham and Bracknell. The community can now enjoy safe open water swimming as well as an array of open water courses.

This venue undergoes regular water testing (consistently showing excellent water quality for bathing) and qualified lifeguards are onsite at every session.

The new Dinton Pastures Country Park is also now open offering a range of facilities.

#nowca #nowcavenues #loveopenwater

08/09/2021

There are times when we all must come together as a community and help each other out. Today is one of those times.

We have been advised that our affiliated venue, Swineham Open Water Swimming, are forced to apply for retrospective planning permission in Purbeck, Dorset following a complaint from a local resident. The application is to carry out open water swimming and to site a container on the land (that is used as a change facility for members), and is currently in the consultation stage whereby supporters and objectors can comment on the application.

NOWCA will be fully supporting their application and we are asking our community to also show support for this venue.

Follow the link to find out more and how you can show your support for this venue: https://nowca.org/community-support-needed-to-keep-swineham-open-water-swimming-venue-open/

Click here to comment on the application: https://planning.dorsetcouncil.gov.uk/plandisp.aspx?recno=288337

#nowca #nowcavenues #swineham @swinehamopenlakeswimming

There are times when we all must come together as a community and help each other out. Today is one of those times.

We have been advised that our affiliated venue, Swineham Open Water Swimming, are forced to apply for retrospective planning permission in Purbeck, Dorset following a complaint from a local resident. The application is to carry out open water swimming and to site a container on the land (that is used as a change facility for members), and is currently in the consultation stage whereby supporters and objectors can comment on the application.

NOWCA will be fully supporting their application and we are asking our community to also show support for this venue.

Follow the link to find out more and how you can show your support for this venue: https://nowca.org/community-support-needed-to-keep-swineham-open-water-swimming-venue-open/

Click here to comment on the application: https://planning.dorsetcouncil.gov.uk/plandisp.aspx?recno=288337

#nowca #nowcavenues #swineham @swinehamopenlakeswimming

Londoners celebrate 15km open water swim at Royal Docks 06/09/2021

Londoners celebrate 15km open water swim at Royal Docks

Congratulations to all the swimmers that took part and to the event organisers who ran a top notch event at Love Open Water London Royal Docks, a NOWCA affiliated venue! It was wonderful to see so many happy faces throughout the entire day!

Londoners celebrate 15km open water swim at Royal Docks Swimmers in London braved the water at the Royal Docklands on Saturday completing up to 15km in chilly September.

05/09/2021

One of the newest lakes to join the NOWCA venue network. Do you know where it is?

#nowca #openwater #openwaterswimming #openwaterswimminguk #nowcavenues

One of the newest lakes to join the NOWCA venue network. Do you know where it is?

#nowca #openwater #openwaterswimming #openwaterswimminguk #nowcavenues

04/09/2021

TODAY’S TOP TIP: SWEATY SWIM

Did you know you sweat when you swim? Your performance will be influenced by how hydrated you are when you start swimming. As soon as you start sweating, you’re going to be fighting a losing battle against fluid and electrolyte loss. You're not usually in a position to replace those fluid/electrolyte losses when you're in the water so it's important to START fully topped up.

Drinking a strong electrolyte drink before you begin a swim has been proven to reduce fatigue, boost blood plasma volume, and enable you to maintain your performance for longer. Try preloading before your next long swim session. Our partners and sweat experts, Precision Hydration, recommend this protocol:
- Drink 1 x PH1500 mixed with ~500ml of water the night before a long swim
- Drink 1 x PH1500 mixed with ~500ml of water about 90 minutes before your event and

Aim to finish that drink about 45 minutes before you start swimming.

You can also take their free online Sweat Test to receive a personalised hydration plan and product recommendation and book a free call with a Sweat Expert to discuss your hydration strategy in greater detail

Click here for more information: https://nowca.org/do-you-sweat-when-you-swim/

#nowca #openwater #openwaterswimming #precisionhydration #hydration #sweattest #sweat

TODAY’S TOP TIP: SWEATY SWIM

Did you know you sweat when you swim? Your performance will be influenced by how hydrated you are when you start swimming. As soon as you start sweating, you’re going to be fighting a losing battle against fluid and electrolyte loss. You're not usually in a position to replace those fluid/electrolyte losses when you're in the water so it's important to START fully topped up.

Drinking a strong electrolyte drink before you begin a swim has been proven to reduce fatigue, boost blood plasma volume, and enable you to maintain your performance for longer. Try preloading before your next long swim session. Our partners and sweat experts, Precision Hydration, recommend this protocol:
- Drink 1 x PH1500 mixed with ~500ml of water the night before a long swim
- Drink 1 x PH1500 mixed with ~500ml of water about 90 minutes before your event and

Aim to finish that drink about 45 minutes before you start swimming.

You can also take their free online Sweat Test to receive a personalised hydration plan and product recommendation and book a free call with a Sweat Expert to discuss your hydration strategy in greater detail

Click here for more information: https://nowca.org/do-you-sweat-when-you-swim/

#nowca #openwater #openwaterswimming #precisionhydration #hydration #sweattest #sweat

03/09/2021

We're expecting a lot of happy faces tomorrow 🙂

We're expecting a lot of happy faces tomorrow 🙂

Photos from Nowca.org's post 02/09/2021

Check out the September events across the NOWCA venue network.

Book now on ACTiO: https://actio.nowca.org/root/home

#nowca #swimevents #openwater #openwaterswimming Love Open Water Netherton Open Water Swimming Queenford Lakes Open Water Swimming

[09/01/21]   *** UPDATE: ACTiO IS NOW UP & RUNNING ***

We are aware some ACTiO users are having issues logging in and/or booking sessions.

Our team is working to resolve this.

Apologies for any inconvenience caused and thank you for your patience.

01/09/2021

Outdoor Swimmer magazine published it‘s final article as part of the ’NOWCA August Takeover‘. They chat with our very own Rick Kiddle to find out more about NOWCA's big ambition, how we are supporting the open water industry, and how your membership fee is helping to make open water safer and more accessible to the wider community.

Read the full story here: https://nowca.org/news/

#nowca #outdoorswimmermagazine #openwater #openwaterswimming Outdoor Swimmer Magazine

Outdoor Swimmer magazine published it‘s final article as part of the ’NOWCA August Takeover‘. They chat with our very own Rick Kiddle to find out more about NOWCA's big ambition, how we are supporting the open water industry, and how your membership fee is helping to make open water safer and more accessible to the wider community.

Read the full story here: https://nowca.org/news/

#nowca #outdoorswimmermagazine #openwater #openwaterswimming Outdoor Swimmer Magazine

Photos from Hi5 at Beale Park's post 31/08/2021

Well done to all the swimmers at The Real Beale event over the weekend at Hi5 at Beale Park, a NOWCA affiliated venue!! Looks like everyone had a fantastic time given all the happy faces in the pics 🙂

#realbeale #swimevent #openwater #openwaterswimming

30/08/2021

Netherton Open Water Swimming, a NOWCA affiliated venue, will be hosting it's LAST Sundowner Summer Evening Swim on Monday 27 Sept.

Join the session for only £7.50 and enjoy a lovely swim in the reservoir, food and a natter with the open water community!

Book your place now on ACTiO: https://actio.nowca.org/root/home

#netherton #dudley #nowca #nowcavenues #openwater #openwaterswimming Netherton Open Water Swimming

Netherton Open Water Swimming, a NOWCA affiliated venue, will be hosting it's LAST Sundowner Summer Evening Swim on Monday 27 Sept.

Join the session for only £7.50 and enjoy a lovely swim in the reservoir, food and a natter with the open water community!

Book your place now on ACTiO: https://actio.nowca.org/root/home

#netherton #dudley #nowca #nowcavenues #openwater #openwaterswimming Netherton Open Water Swimming

29/08/2021

This serenity is the fabulous Netherton Open Water Swimming, a NOWCA affiliated venue.

It is located at Lodge Farm Reservoir in Netherton, Dudley, home to Dudley Water Sports Centre and just a mile from Merry Hill Shopping Centre.

This venue offers open water swimming all year round for all swim abilities - from beginners to experienced swimmers.

The Intro to Open Water Swimming course is a great way to develop open water confidence and develop your knowledge and skills. Or you join their night swims, sundowners and winter swimming sessions.

Wetsuit hire and purchase is available onsite as well as all the kit you need.

Children aged 8 to 14 can swim with a responsible paying adult.

There are changing facilities, including disabled wet room, hot showers and free parking to the rear of the complex. Dogs are welcome on site but must be kept on a lead at all times.

#nowca #nowcavenues #netherton #Dudley #openwater #openwaterswimming Netherton Open Water Swimming

This serenity is the fabulous Netherton Open Water Swimming, a NOWCA affiliated venue.

It is located at Lodge Farm Reservoir in Netherton, Dudley, home to Dudley Water Sports Centre and just a mile from Merry Hill Shopping Centre.

This venue offers open water swimming all year round for all swim abilities - from beginners to experienced swimmers.

The Intro to Open Water Swimming course is a great way to develop open water confidence and develop your knowledge and skills. Or you join their night swims, sundowners and winter swimming sessions.

Wetsuit hire and purchase is available onsite as well as all the kit you need.

Children aged 8 to 14 can swim with a responsible paying adult.

There are changing facilities, including disabled wet room, hot showers and free parking to the rear of the complex. Dogs are welcome on site but must be kept on a lead at all times.

#nowca #nowcavenues #netherton #Dudley #openwater #openwaterswimming Netherton Open Water Swimming

28/08/2021

TODAY’S TOP TIP: MEDICAL RECORDS

Did you know the NOWCA wristband does a lot more than provide quick tap-in and tap-out for your booked session? The wristband holds important information about you that is crucial to the venue's ability to keep you safe.

When you tap-in, the medical information on your profile is downloaded for the session. Should an incident occur, the venue has immediate access to your vital medical records that can assist medics.

When incidents occur, time matters and could be the difference between life and tragedy. Having the right medical information on your profile will ensure your are given the right type of support immediately.

So please take 5 minutes today and check to ensure your profile and medical information is up to date on ACTiO: https://actio.nowca.org/root/home

Then go to:
> Account Settings
> Settings
> Edit Profile
~ Update your medical information
> Save Changes

#nowca #openwaterswimming #nowcatoptips

TODAY’S TOP TIP: MEDICAL RECORDS

Did you know the NOWCA wristband does a lot more than provide quick tap-in and tap-out for your booked session? The wristband holds important information about you that is crucial to the venue's ability to keep you safe.

When you tap-in, the medical information on your profile is downloaded for the session. Should an incident occur, the venue has immediate access to your vital medical records that can assist medics.

When incidents occur, time matters and could be the difference between life and tragedy. Having the right medical information on your profile will ensure your are given the right type of support immediately.

So please take 5 minutes today and check to ensure your profile and medical information is up to date on ACTiO: https://actio.nowca.org/root/home

Then go to:
> Account Settings
> Settings
> Edit Profile
~ Update your medical information
> Save Changes

#nowca #openwaterswimming #nowcatoptips

26/08/2021

The brilliant Queenford Lakes, a NOWCA affiliated venue, is hosting The Queenford Challenge on 12 September 2021

Only £15 entry which includes a swim, free cheers, a coffee and an edible medal from The Wandering Kitchen!

Pick your challenge : 3, 5, 8 or 10k

It’s a fun challenge, not a race!

🏊 Tow float and swim cap compulsory.
🏊 Age restrictions apply
🏊 Beach start in small waves
🏊 Fuelling station to keep your snacks and drinks
🏊 Measured course
🏊 Time to pick your distance and start training 😊
🏊 Normal swimming sessions will be on too once all challengers have started.

Entries close 6 September.

Book now on ACTiO: https://actio.nowca.org/root/home

#lifeisbetteratthelake #queenfordchallenge #nowcavenue #nowca #openwaterswimming #openwater #swimevent

The brilliant Queenford Lakes, a NOWCA affiliated venue, is hosting The Queenford Challenge on 12 September 2021

Only £15 entry which includes a swim, free cheers, a coffee and an edible medal from The Wandering Kitchen!

Pick your challenge : 3, 5, 8 or 10k

It’s a fun challenge, not a race!

🏊 Tow float and swim cap compulsory.
🏊 Age restrictions apply
🏊 Beach start in small waves
🏊 Fuelling station to keep your snacks and drinks
🏊 Measured course
🏊 Time to pick your distance and start training 😊
🏊 Normal swimming sessions will be on too once all challengers have started.

Entries close 6 September.

Book now on ACTiO: https://actio.nowca.org/root/home

#lifeisbetteratthelake #queenfordchallenge #nowcavenue #nowca #openwaterswimming #openwater #swimevent

Our Story

We want you to enjoy your open water swim because you can be assured that the NOWCA venue you swim at uses our proven and robust safety system based around having a raised awareness of YOU in the water. We want the swimmers to wear their NOWCA safety wristband and not only feel safer but be proud to wear it as it stands for the ‘community of open water swimming’.

The NOWCA safety wristband can also send you stats about your swim (distance, time) so you can track your progress. It’s great for motivating you to swim further and faster! You get all of this for £12 a year. To register for your NOWCA safety wristband please click here: https://nowca.org/swimmers/. If you already have a NOWCA safety wristband, we advise that you make sure your band is up to date (don't forget to check/update your personal & medical information whilst you're on there), click here to check: https://kscan.co/user.

Do you manage a body of water e.g. a lake, loch, river etc? We offer venues a FREE open water safety management system that is easy to set up/use and can be run on an app on any android device. We have a wealth of experience and therefore information on how to manage your venue/lake to be safe, fun and responsible for open water swimming and other activities. To find out more information about managing your venue/lake with NOWCA please click here: https://nowca.org/nowca-self-certification/.

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