Open Water Swimming

2019 Open Water Swimming Season

Enjoy some late summer swimming this September and October whilst the water is still warm! 

We're swimming right through until the end of October on Tuesday & Thursday's 17:00 -19:00 and Sunday's 08:30 - 10:30


Join us for a spooky night swim at the Helly Hansen Watersports Centre on the 29th October.

Swim one lap or multiple, however many you can brave! Last year was a great event and we want to make this one even better!

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There's no better feeling than swimming in the great outdoors, so come and try one of the fastest growing sports in the UK. Whether you're training for a triathlon, want to improve your technique, or just experience open water swimming, we'll help you achieve your goals.

Registration for the 2019 Swim Season is live, all swimmers new and old must register for the 2019 season.


Our sessions offer:

  • Great value, with monthly passes and discount offers
  • Different length courses for all abilities (300 metres and 500 metres)
  • Full safety cover provided by our professional water safety team
  • Regulated water quality
  • Great facilities, changing rooms, showers and wetsuit hire
  • Limited free on-site parking - users must register their registration on the tablet at reception, we can advise on other parking locations
  • Coached sessions 

Session Times

September / October Opening times

  • Monday, 5:00pm - Dark (7:45) - Last session 30th September
  • Tuesday, 5:00pm - Dark - Light depending, last session will be the 22nd October
  • Thursday, 5:00pm - Dark - Light depending, last session will be the 24th October
  • Sunday, 8.30am - 10.30am - Last session will be the 27th October

*Reception opens half an hour before the swim session starts.


Our Open Water Swim sessions offer fantastic value and our facilities are hard to be beaten. For regular swimmers, we have some fantastic deals that make your money go further so you can swim more often.

For 2019 we have introduced a brand new season pass allowing you unlimited swims for the season. 



Non Member


Watersports Member


Non Member


Watersports Member

Single Swim£5.00£4.00£4.50£3.50
Block Pass (6 swims)£25.00£20.00£22.50£17.50
Monthly pass (unlimited)£30.00£28£27.50£25.50
Season Pass (unlimited)£99.00£90.00£90.00£80.00
Coaching Session£10.00£9.00£8.00£7.00

Coaching Sessions

We are very excited to announce a new partnership with Swimming Matters who will deliver our Open Water Swimming coaching programme. Swimming Matters are a professional team of fully qualified Swim England and British Triathlon Open Water coaches.
They will be providing a structured pathway of sessions including one-to-one sessions, Intro to Open Water, front crawl and open water skills to the Swim Smooth Manchester Open Water Squads. These sessions will cater for a range of abilities and experience from those new to open water to seasoned open water swimmers and triathletes.
For more info please see

If you require any further information, please call us on 0161 877 7252 or email

Wetsuits, goggles and accessories

We stock a wide range of open water swim accessories including goggles, noseclips and earplugs. These can be purchased from reception when you come to swim or anytime the centre is open. Alternatively you can purchase them over the phone and then pick them up when you come to swim.

Wetsuit hire

You can hire wetsuits on a 'per session' basis. We also do weekend and season hire. We have limited supply, so please make sure that you call and book and pay for your wetsuit before your session.

 CostDeposit required
Per session£7.00N/A
Weekend hire£40.00£140.00
Season hire£100£80.00