Large, local Lake

We are a new NOWCA Validated Lake located in the North of Wareham, Dorset. We are close to Poole Harbour, and a stones throw from the RSPB reserve in Arne.

Perfect for Triathletes

There is 3 marked courses. The largest, at approx 1400m, is for competent long distance swimmers. The second, at approx 700m, is for intermediate swimmers. The third, at approx 400m, is close to the banks and is suitable for those just gaining confidence open water.

Opening Hours to suit

Currently, we only run 1 session on Saturdays from 8am until 10am. Usually, we offer 3 sessions a week during the months of May until early September. Sessions last up to 2 hours, starting from 6pm until 8pm Wednesdays, 6am until 8am Thursdays, and 8am until 10am Saturdays.

Swineham Lake | Wareham Open Water Swimming Venue, Dorset

fully insured lake, with SAFETY CREW on duty during all sessions

By being part of the NOWCA organisation, we adhere to the highest standards of safety, ensuring you are safe for the entire duration of your lake swim.

There will be a qualified open water lifeguard on duty at all times, as well as additional water safety crew on the lake.

There are also several areas close to the marked out courses which are shallow enough to stand up in and these will be marked so that should you need to stop during the swim to adjust goggles etc you will have safe place to do so.

Please note, Swineham Lake is for people who can swim, at least 400m, non stop, unless part of a pre-booked coaching group. It is not a recreational area for non swimmers.

Suitably capable children are very welcome, as long as there is a responsible adult swimming with them at all times.

Swineham is only authorised for swimming during operational hours, and any swimming outside of these hours will be trespassing on private property and risk prosecution.


Facilities are available on site, including male and female changing rooms and toilets. Parking is available on site, and in set parking areas only, PLEASE NOTE parking or passing on the grass verges leading up to the lake is strictly forbidden and you will be asked to move and not allowed back to the lake. Can we please ask all drivers TO DRIVE DEAD SLOW PAST THE HOUSE IN THE LANE so as not to disturb the residents. If you use a radio, please make sure it is turned down at this point. PLEASE SUPPORT US IN THIS so as not to jeopardise our future use of the lake.



Swineham Lake | Wareham Open Water Swimming Venue, Dorset