24-hour super relay and lake challenge!

The challenge is set! This weekend, swimmers will be taking to Clevedon Marine Lake to raise vital funds for Level Water, the charity that teaches children vital swimming skills.
The weekend will see two socially distanced events. The first is a 24-hour relay that begins at 5pm on Thursday 13th August and finishes at 5pm on Friday 14th. During the 24-hour relay, three teams will swim in hour-long slots throughout the day and night.
The second event will involve swimmers completing their own challenges across the weekend of August 15th and 16th. So far, fifteen team members have registered to take part, raising just over £1,000. This event is part of a nation-wide campaign that has, so far, raised £40k for Level Water.
The 24-hour relay
You can still register to take part by clicking here to fill in the registration form, following the link to add your name to the spreadsheet and either donating to Team Clevedon or setting up your own page as part of the team. There will be a gazebo base camp to store your kit (not for shelter due to social distancing) and buoys along the 250m sea wall to use as a swim lane.
  • Night swimmers: please make sure you have lights of your own and someone to keep an eye on you.
  • All swimmers swim at their own risk. You are responsible for ensuring that you maintain social distancing and use hand santiser where needed.
Swim challenge

To take part, you need to register as a team member on the Team Clevedon JustGiving page by clicking here. You can then:

  1. Pick your challenge: it could be a distance or to swim constantly for a length of time
  2. Pick your time and turn up: when you swim is up to you.
  3. The buoys and signs will remain in place, but please remember that the lake is still open to the public.
  4. Recording your swim is up to you, too!
Hats and prizes!
Level Water has put together an impressive array of prizes for those raising funds through both challenges:
Raise over £50
  • A Swim Secure waterproof phone bag
Raise over £100
  • A Swim Secure waterproof phone bag
  • Entry into a prize drawn to win a 2XU Wetsuit

Raise over £200

  • All of the above, plus…
  • An Alpkit Day Tripper Thermos

Top fundraiser per lake

  • A Swim Secure Wild Swim Bag
  • A special edition Level Water beanie

Top 3 fundraisers overall

  • A custom, UK made duffle bag from Alpkit designed to your specification
  • The brand new ‘Haven’ changing robe from Alpkit
  • A 2XU Wetsuit of your choice
  • A Finisterre insulated blanket
  • An Outdoor Swimming Society hammam towel
  • An Alpkit Day Tripper Thermos
Vital funds

Level Water has so far raised a staggering £40k nationally. That’s 15 pools giving life-changing lessons for kids with disabilities for a year. Like many charities, Level Water has been badly affected by the Coronavirus crisis. The vital funding raised by this event gives the charity and the many children who might otherwise not get the chance to learn to swim a bright future.

And 20% of whatever we raise as Team Clevedon will go back to our lake to keep it running for us all.
Please note: the lake will remain open to the public throughout both events. If you’re not taking part, please come and give the swimmers your support! 

August’s lottery winners

This month’s lucky lottery winners are:

1st £140 Rich Haslock
2nd £70  Pete Moseley
3rd £30 Helen Mehta

We are now up to £240 prize money each month and £240 for Marlens. Another four members and the lottery will be raising £3000 per annum for the lake, and bring the monthly prize money up to £250 each month. Make a difference to your bank account and the marine lake by joining in! To join, click here.

Good luck! September’s draw will take place on Saturday, September 5th 2020.

Learn to swim outdoors

As some pools start to reopen, many swimmers are still choosing to swim outdoors. But swimming in open water is different from swimming in a pool. Luckily, we have experienced open water swimming coaches at the marine lake. These coaches can help with everything from learning to swim front crawl and confidence in open water, to triathlon training and swimming performance.

Why choose a coach?

Swimming coaches aren’t just for elite swimmers. Choosing to be coached can give you confidence, help your technique and help you adapt to open water. You might be training for an event or challenge, or you might want to feel safer and more relaxed when you swim.

Working with a coach is different from having swimming lessons. It’s a two-way experience, which means that you and your swimming coach will work together to reach your goals.

You may never have swum front crawl before and want to learn. Or, you might be a decent swimmer but find that you’re getting out of breath when you swim, front crawl makes you exhausted, or you don’t know how to look where you’re going (sight). Whatever you want to achieve, working with a coach is fun and rewarding.

Who are our open water swimming coaches?

Open water coaches at the marine lake this summer are:

Other registered coaches are:

Become a registered coach

If you’re an open water swimming coach, or coach any kind of watersports, and you want to use the lake, you must register first. To register, please email info@clevedonmarinelake.co.uk

July 27th: Water quality is excellent

The water quality in Clevedon Marine Lake is excellent. We took a sample for testing on July 27th 2020, and the lab found that the water had very low levels of bacteria. This is great news for the summer holidays as it means the water is safe to swim in.

Help us keep the lake clean

There are a few things that you can do to help keep the water clean and safe for all:

  • Wash before you go for a swim and try not to use lots of moisturiser, sun cream, hair oils etc before swimming
  • Make sure that no dogs go in or around the lake: animals carry bacteria
  • Take all your litter home with you
  • Avoid over-crowding: if the lake’s really busy, come back another time

Bathing water standards are set by the EU.

Water quality is excellent

Lottery winners

June’s Marine Lake Lottery winners are:

1st Kim O’Keefe £120
2nd Marion Barzotelli £60
3rd Gwen Freeman £30

For your chance to scoop a cash prize, head to our lottery page and sign up. It costs just £5 a month to take part in our monthly draw. The more people in, the bigger the prizes and all the rest of the money we raise goes towards looking after our beautiful lake.

Congratulations to this month’s winners.

Latest water quality tests: Excellent

We took a sample of water from Clevedon Marine Lake on July 10th, and we’re pleased to report that the test shows that the water is still excellent.

What does this mean?

Bathing water quality standards are set by the EU. They tell us how much bacteria can be in the water without harming our health. When the water quality is excellent, that means that there are very low levels of harmful bacteria and the water is safe to swim in.

Help us keep the lake clean

There are a few things that you can do to help keep the water clean and safe for all:

  • Wash before you go for a swim and try not to use lots of moisturiser, sun cream, hair oils etc before swimming
  • Make sure that no dogs go in or around the lake: animals carry bacteria
  • Take your litter home with you
  • Avoid over-crowding: if the lake’s really busy, come back another time
When will the water get tested next?

The next test will be after the tide tops over the lake on July 27th.

Water quality is excellent

The challenge is on

An exciting new challenge for swimmers is coming to Clevedon Marine Lake.

The Coronavirus pandemic has seen swimming events cancelled across the country this summer, which is a shame for those who have been training hard. It also means that charities that rely on funds raised by these events are missing out. But a new event taking place at lakes across the UK is changing that.

The challenge

Lakes for Level Water is a new fundraising swimming challenge created by Level Water and the Outdoor Swimming Society. The challenge is simple. Set yourself a distance that you want to complete, and then on the weekend of 15/16 August, head to Clevedon Marine Lake to swim. Whether you’ve always wanted to reach 2km, 5km or even 10km, now’s your to do it and be part of a national, social distance friendly challenge and raise money for a fantastic cause at the same time. You’ll get a free event swim cap and badge and have the chance to win some amazing prizes.

The cause

Level Water is a national charity that gives 1-1 swimming lessons to children with disabilities. But the charity’s life-changing work that gives 20,000 lessons to 500 children is at risk. Their income has been hit hard and if pools and events don’t reopen soon, the charity may not be able to continue. With the help of the Outdoor Swimming Society, lakes across the UK and you, this challenge will give Level Water hope for survival.

Twenty per cent of the money we raise will go to Clevedon Marine Lake to support the work we do to keep the lake open and safe for all to use. It costs £20,000 a year to look after our lake. And because our events have been cancelled too, this is a great chance to raise funds.

Join in

Level Water is offering prizes for taking part, and some mega prizes for the top fundraiser at each lake. We’re still waiting to confirm the prizes but so far, if you raise a minimum of £50, you’ll get a free waterproof phone bag from the wonderful Swim Secure.

To take part, go to the Clevedon Marine Lake team page on JustGiving and create your page. Make sure you create the JG page otherwise you won’t get your swimming hat or prizes.

Water quality is excellent

Latest tests of the bathing water quality at Clevedon Marine Lake show that it is now excellent. This means that the sample of water that we tested on June 23rd has very low levels of bacteria, and the lake meets EU standards.

This is great news. It follows a period of low water quality where there were too many bacteria for safe bathing. The change is likely to have happened because UV (ultra-violet) light kills bacteria and because fewer people swam in the lake because of the water quality warning.

Help keep the lake clean

You can help keep the lake clean by following a few simple rules:

  • No dogs in or around the lake – dogs carry germs
  • Take your litter home
  • Avoid overcrowding – if the lake is too busy, come back later

 

 

Colourful words

The cement is drying around the new mural today – after work began on installation during last week’s lake drain.

The mural adds another splash of colour to the lake surrounds – and together with the beautiful words, paints a wonderful picture of life at the lake following its renovation in 2015.  You can read all about it here.

Every cloud…

During this week’s drain down, with the help of Marlens’ volunteers, a wedding ring was successfully retrieved, which had been lost by Chris Badley (pictured) in the lake on 20th May 2020.  Chris had a rough idea where it came off, so the drain down provided the perfect opportunity to search for it on the lakebed.  Despite the grey skies, the sun was definitely shining on Chris today!  He has also signed up as part of the Love The Lake team of volunteers.

Come rain or shine, the Love The Lake team keeps things ship shape year round, for all to enjoy.  Clevedon Marine Lake is run by the community for the community – and new volunteers are always welcome to help litter pick and clear seaweed and debris, especially after overtopping tides.  Get in touch to find out more about this and other voluntary roles.  volunteer@clevedonmarinelake.co.uk