Wild Swims - English Lakes

Your questions

How do I book a swim?

Get in touch with us by email or phone to arrange your trip, and we will confirm details with you. 

How do I pay for my trip?

The easiest way to pay is by bank transfer and we can provide you with the details when you book with us. We prefer to receive payment on booking.

Where can I swim?

We will design a suitable swim for you when we discuss your preferences. Swimming is allowed in many of the lakes and tarns in the Lake District and most have at least a short walk to the shore. However, we can add on more substantial low or high level fell walks if you wish, weather permitting. The quieter lakes, without boat traffic tend to be our favourite places, but we are happy to organise a swim that’s convenient for you.

How long will the swim be?

As we offer a bespoke service, the swim can be long or short according to your preferences. We generally charge on an hourly basis and if you have a particular swim or distance in mind, please give us a call for a chat. 

Do I need to be an experienced open water swimmer?

No you don’t need to be an experienced open water swimmer, but we do need you to be a competent pool swimmer. If you can swim 200m in a pool with ease, then you will be fine to swim with us. We specialise in relaxed swimming and in supporting those new to open water swimming, and are happy to go at your pace.

Will I be expected to be a fast swimmer?

No. Our focus is on gentle and enjoyable swims for those people who want to experience nature in a different way. We want you to feel relaxed and comfortable, and there is no pressure to swim in any way other than your way.

Will you coach me in my swimming?

If you want some guidance and support in how you swim, or are transitioning from breaststroke to front-crawl, then we are happy to share our knowledge and provide coaching focused sessions. If you have some specific open water techniques you want to work on, please let us know. 

What if I want to do a longer swim?

We can organise longer swims, and when needed will provide kayak support.

What safety measures do you have in place?

We risk assess all of our swims and walks, and the places we take you to are the places we have loved for a long time. Diane leads all of the swim trips and Jim leads the fell-walking.

What do I need to bring with me?

Bring all of your swimming kit, a towel and change robe if you have one. A wetsuit is advised as it will give you additional buoyancy. If you don’t have a wetsuit, please let us know as we may be able to help. Swim socks are also a very good idea, enabling you to safely enter and exit the water. Please take a look at our swim kit on our home page and let us know if you need any additional equipment.

Do I need to wear a wetsuit?

If you are an experienced open water swimmer and prefer to swim 'skins' then that should be acceptable in the summer months. However, the lakes and tarns can be deep and cold, even in the summer months. Please let us know at the time of booking. 

Can I use my wet swimming gear between different lakes?

You should check, clean and dry your swimming equipment after every lake swim. Invasive non-native species of wildlife pose a threat to the Lake District and it is important you don’t inadvertently spread unwelcome guests. We will brief you on this at the beginning of your trip. Please ensure your equipment is clean and dry when you meet us for your trip. If you have any concerns, please let us know. 

Do I need a tow float?

Tow floats are required for safety as they are highly visible and are helpful if we are sharing the water with other boating or sporting traffic. If you don’t have a tow-float, please let us know as we may be able to help. We will also ask you to wear a brightly coloured swim hat (we can provide this), again for safety purposes.

Can I just organise a walk with you?

Yes, Jim is a qualified Summer Mountain Leader and can organise suitable guided walks throughout the Lakeland fells. Please give us a call for a chat and we will be happy to help.

Can you help with transport to and from the swims and walks?

At the moment, all transport to and from the swims are your responsibility. However, as part of the trip plan, we will advise on the best and most accessible places to park. If this is a concern, please let us know.

Do I need to bring any food or drinks?

Bring a packed lunch and drinks if you plan to be out with us for several hours.

What if the weather makes the trip unsuitable?

We will take a weather and water check as part of the trip risk assessment, and if we need to make any changes for safety purposes, we will discuss these with you. Our focus will be to ensure that all of our swims and walks are safe to proceed under the conditions on the day.

We will reimburse you if the trip cannot go ahead due to adverse weather or the pandemic, and cannot be rescheduled.

What if I need to cancel my booking?

We understand the unexpected can happen and plans may change. If you have made a booking and need to cancel, please get in touch as soon as you can and we will be as helpful as possible.

If you have other, more specific questions, please free to call or email Diane.