Outdoor Swimming at Dosthill Quarry
First Swimmers in 2016
John Brain & Nick Balsdon, the first swimmers at Dosthill Quarry in 2016 (2nd January at 7am – still dark). Note no suits in the positively tropical 8 degrees clear, clean spring-fed water. No algae, no swimmer’s itch, no mites that bite. The first of many swims in this new swimming year.
Information on outdoor swimming
Opening Times. Outdoor swimming is available at the National Inland Dive Site, Dosthill Quarry at Tamworth nr Birmingham, during daylight hours all year round during normal site opening times, provided you have adequate thermal and buoyancy protection i.e. a wetsuit to keep you warm and prevent you sinking. We recommend you check the Opening Times page to see if these standard times have been modified, particularly on bank holidays.
Thursday 1pm-9pm. Last check-in at 7:30pm. Exit from the water by 8:30pm
Friday 1pm-9pm. Last check-in at 7:30pm. Exit from the water by 8:30pm
Saturday & Sunday 7:00am-4pm. Last check-in at 2:30pm. Exit from the water by 3:30pm
Price. £5 per swimmer per outdoor swimming session.
Course. The above outdoor swimming course has been carefully planned and set out to provide a single 400 metre lap with integral 100 metre and 50 metre legs for split times. Four laps (1600 metres) is 5 metres short of a mile. 1000 metres would be 2.5 laps. The course has been positioned away from the quarry walls, particularly at the southern end of the lap (bottom of photo) where occasional loose rockfalls can occur, and away from the diver training areas where diver ascents are more frequent. Other than when avoiding a diver, please ensure you stay close to the outdoor swimming course buoys and on the course line.
Divers. Your swim may coincide with times when scuba divers are using the quarry. You can see where they are in relation to you by bubbles breaking the surface of the water. One of the safe practices all divers should follow when surfacing is to extend their arm, look up and around and surface slowly.
However, should you see bubbles on the surface in front of you, during your swim please take evasive action, by giving a wide berth to avoid any collision with surfacing divers.
Footwear. We recommend bringing suitable footwear, such as flip-flops, crocs, or some old trainers, for the outdoor swimming transition in and out of the water to avoid any discomfort or injury to your feet.
Outdoor Swimming Declaration. The ASA require a declaration to be made on an individual’s ability to complete a planned outdoor swimming activity. “It should be quite clear to the swimmer that they are declaring that they are not only fit enough and have the stamina to complete the distance, but also that the swimmer is medically fit to do so”. Any pre-existing medical condition including medication and/or sensitivity to particular drugs should be included on the form.
Safe Outdoor Swimming Always
Completing the form for outdoor swimming
Email is our preferred way of contacting our registered swimmers.
If you don’t have an email address, call 01733 351288 and speak to Pauline.
After you press the submit button you will receive confirmation that “Your request for registration for outdoor swimming was sent successfully to firstname.lastname@example.org” and you will receive a confirmation email.
Print off the email and show it as proof of registration on every visit.