Open Water Swim Sessions

Merchant Taylors, Middlesex, 22nd April to 10th September 2017

General

Open water swim sessions are back for 2017 at the stunning Merchant Taylors private lake. Our season will run from 22nd April – 10th September and we do hope that you will all join us again for a dip at this fantastic venue.

We will be holding our usual 3 weekly sessions of Wednesday 18:30 – 20:30 and Saturday & Sunday mornings at 06:30 – 08:30.

Not only do you have three sessions to choose from, but we have excellent changing and shower facilities, wetsuit hire and purchase available, individual and group coaching and there will be the all important hot drink or evening bar for you to warm yourselves up afterwards.

We look forward to welcoming you at a session soon!

Our swim loop is 750m, with a turn around points at approximately 200m and 500m so everyone can join in! We will have a full water safety crew on hand to support you in the water as well as the Hercules Team who are always available to offer tips and advice. If you feel you would like to brush up on your open water skills we have our very own highly qualified coaches for one to one or group lessons.

  • Convenient location
  • Beautiful fresh water lake (meets EU bathing water standards)
  • Full water safety (Kyaks and qualified personnel)
  • Swim coaching
  • 200m turn around point for beginners
  • Large male and female changing rooms
  • Hot showers
  • Free parking
  • Free access to beautiful grass running tracks
  • Hot drinks and snacks by the lake side
  • Card payments accepted on site
  • Wetsuit Hire and purchase available

 

 

Prices

Type: Usage: Price:
Single Pass Once £6
Carnet 10 sessions £50
Coaching – Group 1:2 Once £45
Coaching – 1:1 Once £55


Enter

To pay for open water swimming sessions you have two options, you can either pay by card or cash at the lake or you can pre-register and book on-line in advance using our booking form. Pre-registered swimmers will have priority on the day and you will also save valuable swimming time by avoiding the queues.

If you chose to pay on the day and have not swam with us before you will need to fill in a registration form so please allow time to do so. You can view and print a copy of the form here should you wish to do this in advance and bring the form with you to the lake.

To enter on-line for both Open Water Swimming Sessions and Hercules Coaching please follow the link below.

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Coaching

Hercules Coaching

If you are new to open water swimming or an experienced swimmer looking to better your skills we have the perfect coach for you. During our usual swimming slots we can offer either 1:1 or Group 1:2, coaching lessons of 1 hour in duration. All our lessons are individually tailored to your needs and competency levels by our highly qualified Hercules Coach so they really are open to everyone. The prices for coaching are as follows:

 

Type: Usage: Price:
Coaching – Group 1:2 Once £45
Coaching – 1:1 Once £55

If you are interested in a coaching lesson you will first need to contact us at admin@herculesevents.com to enquire about availability and then use the on-line booking from to purchase the coaching lesson of your choice. Once you have checked our availability and purchased your session your booking will be confirmed.

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Our Coach:

MustyCoach Musty has been successfully coaching triathletes for over 20 years. During that time he has coached athletes of all abilities to a wide range of outstanding results from completing a first sprint to GB age group representation.

“I still remember how amazing it felt when I tried my first triathlon in 1988 and I have been hooked on the sport ever since. The sport has taken me on some amazing adventures and I am really content with my athletic achievements. I now have a real passion for helping others achieve their goals. I learnt my coaching skills before there were books, triathlon coaches and much scientific research but I now utilise the latest ideas and research alongside my extensive experience to ensure my athletes reap the maximum benefit from their available time while maintaining balance and fun in their lives. My approach is very much based on developing great relationships with my athletes so I can ensure their training programme is unique to them.

Whatever your triathlon goals, whether it’s to complete your first sprint race or to qualify for the Ironman World Championships I guarantee I will leave no stone unturned and will be right by your side every step of the way until you reach them.”

Qualifications:
British Triathlon – Level 2
Ironman Certified Coach
Register of Exercise Professionals – Level 3

Personal PBs:
3rd (in age-group) English Olympic Tri Championships
2:08 Bournemouth Olympic Triathlon
10:18 Ironman Austria
2:55 London Marathon.

Swim Course & Safety

Swim Safety Guidance Notice

Please read carefully:

  • We will not operate sessions if the water temperature drops below 11 degrees Celsius.
  • Wetsuits will be mandatory under 14 degrees and not permitted above 22 degrees.
  • If you are unwell do not swim.
  • Under 16’s must be accompanied to the lake by a responsible adult.
  • The minimum age for open water swimming is 8 years old.
  • There is a single entry/exit point. Do not enter or exit the lake at any other point.
  • Please take care entering and exiting the lake, as the surface will be slippery.
  • Please show consideration for other swimmers. If you notice someone in distress, alert the water safety staff.
  • We recommend you swim with a buddy.
  • Wetsuits are mandatory below 14 Celsius.
  • We recommend that you wear a bright swim hat so that you are easily visible to the water safety team.
  • If you get into distress, lie on your back and raise one arm. Safety staff will come to your aid.
  • You are responsible for your property and belongings. Neither the Venue operator nor organisers take any responsibility for the security of your property.
  • Do not leave valuables in the changing areas.
  • If we need to evacuate the lake a horn will be sounded five times.

Please note that the use of wetsuits for open water swimming is forbidden or mandatory if the following combinations of distance and water temperature are attained:

Swim Length Forbidden Above Mandatory Below
1500m 22oC 14oC
1501m – 3000m 23oC 15oC
3001m – 4000m 24oC 16oC

Wetsuit Hire

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We are hiring and selling wetsuits this season to enable more and more people to join in our events and swimming sessions.

We can help you with the fitting to ensure you have what feels comfortable for your body shape and we are hiring the wetsuits from as little as £10.00. If you choose to purchase your wetsuit after the hire period is over we will discount the cost of the hire from the price.

The model of choice for 2017 is the Xterra Vortex and it is available in a range of sizes to suit any individual. Please see our size chart to confirm the best fit for your height and weight.

To hire a wetsuit and for more information please click here

Wet suits are available for collection free of charge from our Open Water Swim venue at Merchant Taylors School in Northwood which are held 3 times a week at the following times:

Wednesday: 18:30-20:30
Saturday: 06:30-08:30
Sunday: 06:30-08:30

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to give us a call on 01923 883177 or alternatively email us at admin@herculesevents.com and we will get back to you.


Refreshments

 

We know how important it is to have a hot drink after an open water swim so this year our Friends at Cafe2U will be on hand when available to provide drinks and snacks by the lake side.

Drinks include Hot Chocolate, Chai Late, Americano and of course a good old English tea!

Snacks to include porridge pots, bacon rolls, croissants, sandwiches, cereal bars and fruit.

The Merchant Taylors’ Club House will also be open on Wednesday evening with a fully licenced bar and beautiful viewing terrace which is great for socialising with your fellow swimmers after an evening dip. Please ensure that you are dry, changed and dressed appropriately when using the club house bar.

 

Travel

Address:

Merchant Taylors’ School, Sandy Lodge Rd, Moor Park, Northwood, Middlesex, HA6 2HT

Where we will be:

The registration area is inside the Old Merchant Taylors Club House at the back of the Merchant Taylors School site adjacent to the lake.  You will need to drive into the school and follow the road all the way until you reach the far car park where you will see the club house and the Hercules team. The lake is next to registration and to reach the lake you need to walk through the wooden gate at the rear of the car park, follow the pathway past the boat house and turn right. You will see our flags at the entrance to the water and a member of the team will greet you. We also provide orange directional arrows from the entrance of the school to the designated parking area.

By Car:

By road from M3, M4, M40, M25 (south and west)
By road from M3, M4, M40, M25 (south and west) Leave the M25 at J17 or J18. Follow signs for Rickmansworth and Northwood through a series of roundabouts (2 from J17, 4 from J18) At the final roundabout follow the A404 (2nd exit, London Road) up the hill. Continue on the A404 past the Nine of Herts golf course on your right and the Olde Green Man on your left. At the Prince of Wales Pub, turn left into Batchworth Lane. Follow Batchworth Lane all the way until it ends and turn left into Sandy Lodge Road. Drive down the hill. Turn left immediately after the big Esso Station into Sandy Lane. The School entrance is 350 yards on your right.

By road from the M1
(M25 north and east traffic exit at J21/J21a and follow signs for M1 London) Leave the M1 at J5. Take the A4008, Stephenson Way, towards Watford. Bear left at the second roundabout (A411). Carry on at the mini-roundabout opposite Tesco’s and follow the one-way system into Dalton Way. Keep left and continue straight on for 200 yards. Turn right at the Bushey railway arches roundabout (following signs for Northwood HQ) and turn into Eastbury Road (which becomes Hampermill Lane) continuing straight on for 5-10 minutes. The road bends sharp left and you see an Esso Station on the right. Turn right immediately before the Esso Station into Sandy Lodge Lane. The School entrance is 350 yards on your right.

By road from London via the A40
From the A40 take the A4180 through Ruislip following Duck’s Hill Road to its end. Turn left onto the A404 – the Rickmansworth Road (which becomes the London Road). Pass Mount Vernon Hospital. At the Prince of Wales Pub, turn right into Batchworth Lane. Follow Batchworth Lane until it ends and turn left into Sandy Lodge Road. Drive down the hill. Turn left immediately after the big Esso Station into Sandy Lane. The School entrance is 350 yards on your right.

By Train:

Half-hourly Chiltern Line trains from London Marylebone take 14 minutes to Harrow-on-the-Hill. Change to Metropolitan Line north (Amersham branch) for Moor Park (10 minutes). You may also continue to Rickmansworth (23 minutes from Marylebone) and take the Metropolitan Line south one stop to Moor Park. There is generally a connecting train within 5 minutes at either station. At the exit turnstiles of Moor Park Station, double back on yourself, sharp right along the walkway under the railway line. Go up the stairs and turn sharp left through the barrier onto the path through the spinney. At the end, bear left along Askew Road, cross the road at the zebra crossing and walk on 50 yards until you see the school gates on your right (pedestrian gate to the left of the main gates). Walk up the Long Drive to the School.

Please click here to see the route from the station to Merchant Taylors school if walking from Moor Park Station

By Tube:

Moor Park (Zone 6) on the Metropolitan Line is walking distance from the School buildings. At the exit turnstiles, double back on yourself, sharp right along the walkway under the railway line. Go up the stairs and turn sharp left through the barrier onto the path through the spinney. At the end, bear left along Askew Road, cross the road at the zebra crossing and walk on 50 yards until you see the school gates on your right (pedestrian gate to the left of the main gates). Walk up the Long Drive to the School.

Please click here to see the route from the station to Merchant Taylors school if walking from Moor Park Station

Map:

Click here for a map of the location

Paking:

Parking at Merchant Taylors is free for swimmers and spectators in the rear car park of the school and will be well signed with orange directional arrows from the school entrance.

Timings

Session Times

Every Wednesday 18:30 – 20:30

Every Saturday 06:30 – 08:30

Every Sunday 06:30 – 08:30

Due to event commitments there are dates throughout the season that the lake will not be open for open water sessions. These dates are listed below:

Lake Closure dates
28/05/2017
12/08/2017
13/08/2017
16/08/2017
19/08/2017
20/08/2017
23/08/2017
26/08/2017
27/08/2017