Open water swimming

Open water swimming at the Helly Hansen Waterports Centre

All Swimmers must pre-register annually. The 2015 registration form will be on this page in time for the start of the season.

We are now selling off our stock of ex-hire wetsuits.  Most of the suits are hardly worn.  We also have some brand new suits available.  Visit our equipment for sale page for further info.

Whether you are just a leisurely swimmer or training for a swim event or triathlon, our open water swim sessions are the perfect training session. 

The Helly Hansen Watersports Centre is a premier location for Open Water Swimming.   It is the home of the Great Manchester Swim and has been host to many major national and international open water swim and triathlon events. 

  • Swim season is usually mid April to end of September
  • Monday, Tuesday and Thursday evenings (during our swim season) from 5.30pm until 8.30pm. Reception open from 5.00pm.  Last entry at 7.45pm. Please note NO swim sessions will take place on the Bank Holiday Mondays!
  • Sunday mornings from 8.30am until 10.00am.  Reception open from 8.00am
  • Season tickets and block passes are available that offer great value
  • Full safety cover is provided by safety kayaks and boats
  • Warm showers and changing rooms are available
  • Structured coaching sessions, run by fully qualified triathlon coaches - perfect for all abilities, inc beginners
  • Aquasphere wetsuits, goggles and swim caps can be purchased from reception.  Wetsuit hire is also available
  • Two different length courses, measured by GPS (300 metres and 500 metres)
  • Lockers available at 20 pence (non-refundable), smaller valuable lockers available at £1 (returnable)
  • Limited free on-site parking, we can advise on other parking locations

If you require any further information, please do not hesitate to contact us on 0161 877 7252.