Open Water Swimming

These sessions are held at Pugneys Country Park in Wakefield, a venue that allows us to swim in a controlled and safe environment  (and allows people to have a chat with each other over a coffee and a buttie.)

  • The Open Water Seasonstarts late April/early May, when the water temperature has reached 12 Celsius. It finishes when the temperature has dropped again – usually September.
  • Wetsuits are compulsory.
  • Swim Days: We swim on Sunday mornings and, for part of the season, on Thursday evenings.  Note that from 2018 these sessions are for members only.

Introduction and Coaching. All swimmers will have an induction where we take you through the rules and procedures (including safety) of the swim session, and where you sign to acknowledge that you understand those rules and procedures, and that you are happy to swim at your own risk

First time swimmers at Pugneys will have a supervised “Acclimatision” introduction where you can check your ability to tolerate the cold water and feel able to swim at least the maximum distance between consecutive course buoys .

First time swimmers will be asked to wear a special (easily identifiable coloured) swim hat, and to wear a tow buoy for at least their first circuit of the swim course.

At the start of the season we hold introductory and coaching sessions for beginners, and coaching sessions for improvers and experts.

  • Buddies for beginners. We can almost always find a member who is willing to buddy up with someone who’s a beginner or nervous swimmer – swimming as far and fast as you choose.
  • (Self-reported) Nervous swimmersWe will provide the same coloured hat as worn by beginners and encourage you to acclimatise in the water between the two jetties. If we have sufficient tow buoys after any beginners have been provided for, you will be able to borrow one


Only members who have volunteered to take on a safety or admin role will be allowed to swim. (Sign up on the volunteer schedule).

All volunteers will be given clear guidance about their role, the equipment they need, and rescue craft volunteers will have the chance to practise.

Please read the volunteering guide (you will find it in the procedures and rules link on this page)



Pugneys Country Park
Asdale Road off Denby Dale Road
Wakefield WF2 7EQ
Phone: 01924 302360
Email: [email protected]


Pugneys Country Park
Asdale Road off Denby Dale Road
Wakefield WF2 7EQ


  • Thursdays (6:30-8:30pm) and Sundays (9:00-11:00am) from late-April until late September (it depends on the water temperature and daylight hours).
  • Arrive in good time to register (inside the building). You may turn up at any time within the first hour.
  • Sessions must finish at the scheduled time (ie. all swimmers must be out of the water) – a hooter will sound.
  • Thursday evenings: These happen when the evenings are light enough for it to be safe. You can often find a bunch of the swimmers over the road in the pub after this session.

You MUST bring all of the following:

  • Members fee: £4 or proof of on-line payment for that session (Please bring the correct change if paying cash.)
  • Your membership card, or if you have just joined, a printout of the email confirming your membership payment.
  • Swimming wetsuit
  • Your yellow club swim hat – unless you are a first timer or, going to declare yourself as nervous or part of a coaching group
  • Swimsuit to wear under wetsuit

Pugneys is a Wakefield Council pay and display car park, and parking officers strictly enforce the parking. If you don’t have a ticket displayed, you will be fined.

Club members will be able to pay for a seasonal, any-time, parking permit (currently £42.50), valid from May 1st to September 30th inclusive.