may, 2018

20may9:00 amBLDSA Colwick Park Championships, Nottingham5km Senior Freestyle/Breaststroke/Wetsuit/ 1Km Novice course

Event Details


The first BLDSA swim of the year and a great start to the season. You can choose from 1km, 3km or 5km – or even really kick the season off with a bang and double up and do the 1km swim and one of the longer distances too.

Use the links below to enter this event.


Entries for the 1 km are on the day.

The Event

The course is a 1km loop of Colwick lake in Nottinghamshire, marked by positioned buoys.

The 1km swim will start first and we welcome as many newcomers to open water swimming as possible. The 1km swim is open to both wetsuit swimmers and non-BLDSA members – you can also sign up on the day.

The 3km and 5km swims will start together (so you CANNOT enter both) and will both do multiple loops of the lake. Both events are open to wetsuit swimmers – but you will not swim as part of the championship event.

Registration on the day

1km – 9:00am report to the Swim Secretary on arrival – Swimmers MUST register.

3km & 5km – 10:00am report to the Swim Secretary on arrival – Swimmers MUST register.


1km – 9.30am – All swimmers must attend.

3km & 5km – 11:00am – All swimmers must attend.


1km – 10:00am

3km & 5km – 11:30am

(Note that times may be subject to change)

Time limit

There will be a time limit of 3.5hours on this swim.


The presentation will be held on the lake side or in the Adventure Centre as soon as possible after the last swimmer finishes.

Non UK Residents

Non UK Residents must provide evidence of membership of their governing body or individual insurance for Open Water Swimming.


From the North leave the M1 at junction 26 and follow the A610 into Nottinham City Centre then follow the signs for Trent Bridge, Nottingham Racecourse and Colwick Park.

On reaching Nottingham Racecourse follow A612 Southwell Road keeping Nottingham Racecourse on your right.  After the Toby Carvery Restaurant turn right at the second set of traffic lights into Mile End Road.  Then immediately right into River Road which leads into Colwick Park.  To gain entry into the park you will need a £2 to raise the barrier (your exit is free) then follow the road through the park until you reach West Lake and Colwick Park Adventure Centre.

From the South leave the M1 at junction 24 and follow the A453 towards Nottingham then follow directions as above.

For those people who wish to use sat nav the post code for the park is NG4 2DW

Emergency Safety Cover

Emergency Safety cover will be provided; at a minimum this will include the BLDSA rescue boat and a number of canoes spaced around the course.

General Information

All persons are advised to report any incidents, including near misses, to a nominated person who shall be named at the championship briefing meeting.

The BLDSA has in place Anti-Bullying and Child & Vulnerable Adult Policies. Copies of which may be obtained from the BLDSA Hon. Child & Vulnerable Adult Officer.

Any person associated with the swim is expected to pay any car park charges that may be due from the parking of their vehicle.


We are most fortunate to have access to the new Adventure Centre on the lakeside where there are showers toilets and changing facilities.

For more information please contact:

Patrick Smith – email


(Sunday) 9:00 am




Mr. Patrick Smith19, Palmers Court Southwell, Notts NG25 0JE Tel: 07734 600553 Email: