Ragley Hall Open Water Swimming Guide 2014 | Evesham Vale Triathletes

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Ragley Hall Lake Open Water Swimming

Ragley Hall Open Water Swimming Guide 2014

Official confirmation that you can get into those wetsuits and leap/mince into the soothing waters of Ragley Hall Lake!

Cost per swim is still £5 per swim and cv4 for Evesham Vale Triathlon Club Members. If you are planning on swimming at the Lake on a regular basis it might make sense to become a member and take advantage of the £1 per swim discount, just a thought.

We have introduced a simplified booking-in system for this year so there is no need to rack your brains each time trying to remember your elusive number but EVERYONE will need to fill in a registration form before swimming so we can ensure that we have the latest details in the unlikely case of an emergency. I have attached a form to the email and will have a few copies available at the Boathouse.

Just a reminder of the rules we need to stick to if we are going to be allowed to swim at Ragley:

Speed limit – please abide by the 20mph limit.

Children (and adults!) are not allowed into the adventure playground .

If you bring along your dogs they must. be kept on a lead at all times and obviously don’t forget your pooper scooper Please don’t litter – it’s a lovely area and we don’t want to spoil it.

We must. be off-site by 8.20pm latest on Tuesdays and 9.50am on Sundays – if you wanted to visit Ragley on Sundays then you must exit and return via the front gates and pay at the kiosk.

2 lifeguards plus 1 EVT member will be lakeside on Tuesdays and 1 lifeguard plus 1 EVT member lakeside on Sundays – please listen and obey any instructions you are given – it’s for your own safety. The Sunday loop may be shortened for safety reasons.

Wetsuits – as we are insured by the British Triathlon Federation we have to abide by their rules regarding the wearing of wetsuits. That means NO swimming in temperatures lower than 11 degrees, wetsuits MUST. be worn if the water is less than 14 degrees, over 14 degrees then its up to you. We must stick to these rules otherwise we would risk losing our cover – no cover = no swim sessions. We have just invested in a new thermometer and will write up the temperature on a whiteboard each session.

2014 New OW Registration Form Adobe pdf document requires Adobe Reader to open

A copy of the regulations will be available on the club website and in the Boathouse.

Don’t forget – EVT are hosting their very first Sprint Triathlon on Sunday 1st June. Why not take part? You will have the advantage of being familiar with at least the swim section so this could give you a head start on your rivals…. There will be plenty of flyers available at the Boathouse and further details are on the Club website. The normal swim sessions will not take place on that day.

Keep an eye on our Facebook page for the latest updates ‘Open Water Swimming at Ragley Hall’.

I think that’s it for now – so, if you are training for a triathlon, distance swim or just want to come along and swim in the beautiful lake at Ragley Hall we all look forward to seeing you again from Tuesday 6th May.


On behalf of Evesham Vale Triathletes


Evesham Vale Triathletes are very pleased to invite you again to this wonderful opportunity to use Ragley Hall's Lake for open water swimming.

Entrance to the estate will be the South exit, not the main entrance, approx one mile from the main gate on the same road towards Dunnington. This is on a sharp corner so please take care.

Please follow road onto the estate, 20 mph MAX speed limit. Past the lake on your right, turn right and park down behind the Lakeside Lodge on the left side, not on the grass by the lake. In The Boathouse you must register with the forms and sign disclaimer. Note: these will not be available this year in the boat house so you must print off and bring with you.

For Novices you are able to exit the lake on the right hand bank if you wish.

If after swimming you would like to run, please use the field next to the lake and below the adventure play area. THE PLAY AREA IS OUT OF BOUNDS. Please make sure children are supervised at all times and not climbing on the equipment. Ragley Hall is a home as well so please respect this and stay within stated areas and dogs must be kept on leads and mess collected. Thanks!!!!!

Ragley hall is a fantastic venue to bring the whole family so if on a Sunday you would like to stay, please leave via the exit gate and re enter the park via the main gate. Please visit the Ragley website for more details and for yearly membership.

Before taking part in an open water training session swimmers must:

  • Lock valuables in your car, do not bring them into the boat house as there are no lockers available.
  • Provide their contact details, emergency contact details (ICE) and details of any medical conditions.
  • Sign up to the Safety Code, Conduct and Waiver Disclaimer Form
  • Make themselves aware of the open water swimming guide that they are provided with below.
  • Provide the session leader with information about any medical issues and their experience of open water swimming.
  • Swim within their own ability and when swimming in pairs/ groups they must NOT leave their partner(s) side.


  • Wetsuits must be worn at all times unless the water temperature is over 14 degrees. Please read the notice board for the water temperature and wetsuits wear guide or ask.
  • Brightly uniformly coloured swim caps must be worn.
  • Neoprene hats or extra swim caps may be recommended based on the water temperature.
  • Fins are permitted and may help novice swimmers to gain confidence.
  • Pre Swim

  • Register with the Session Leader, completing the registration forming advance and especially making them aware of any medical conditions you may have or are at risk of. If you have cuts cover with a waterproof plaster.
  • Pay attention to any instructions given and the notices. The signal to end the session or to exit due emergency is an air horn. Signal for help with a hand held out of the water. Please ask EVT safety officer if you have any questions.
  • Don't enter the water until instructed to do so. Swim with others in pairs or small groups.
  • Novices/first time open water swimmers should make the session leader aware and await further instructions and advice.
  • Only enter or exit the water at the designated points between the slip ways via grass and gravel not on the slip ways.
  • During the Swim

  • Remain within the boundaries and swim anticlockwise.
  • Swim within your own abilities.
  • Do not interfere with other swimmers (horseplay will not be tolerated).
  • An air horn signals the end of session and return immediately to the appointed exit point.
  • If you spot another swimming in trouble or requiring assistance raise the alarm, raise your arm and shout! (do not attempt a rescue) .
  • Post Swim

  • Upon exiting immediately unregister with the safety officer.
  • Shower and change at the earliest opportunity.
  • Report any sudden illness post swim to a club official as soon as possible.
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