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

Red flag means poor water quality

If a red flag is flying, it means the water quality in Clevedon Marine Lake is currently POOR.

A sample was taken from Clevedon Marine Lake on Thursday 28th May and the results indicate that the water quality in the lake is currently POOR.  More information can be found here.

It is recommended that the public do not swim in the lake until the water has refreshed, especially if unwell or with low immunity.

Information is shared to allow lake users to make an informed decision about entering the water.

Alerts are shared on notices either end of the lake (see below), social media and via our BLOG to explain the situation and actions being taken.

Clevedon Marine Lake is a semi-natural environment.  It is a living space filled by sea water from the Severn Estuary.  Consequently, there are risks associated with entering the water.

What’s Up

Things are hotting up at the lake – quite literally – with the easing of lockdown and some spectacular weather…

Stepping up to the mark

With crowds literally flooding the lake over half-term week, not only have the bins been overflowing, but the amount of rubbish left around the lake has been shameful.  Thanks to volunteers like Gill (pictured above) and many others, including a growing number of new helpers and hands-on locals, the lake has been looking spick and span every morning before 9am!  What a great job Marlens’ volunteers do.  THANK YOU.

Don’t overstep the mark – Stay 2m apart.

The lake has remained open as a place for individual exercise during lockdown – conditional on social distancing.  It has been extraordinarily busy over half-term and social distancing is not being observed.  Towards the end of the week, volunteers sprayed 123 yellow lines, 2m apart on the lower promenade to help people manage their space.  With spray can supplies replenished, more will appear this week!

Water quality testing

The first sample taken on Thursday 28th May recorded a result of POOR water quality in the lake.  The water quality in Clevedon Marine Lake will be sampled before and after each series of overtopping tides (approximately those over 12.5m), during the warm summer months when the lake is heavily used.  The testing schedule is below.

  1. 4th – 8th June
  2. 21st – 24th July
  3. 18th – 23rd August
  4. 16th – 22nd September

There are marginal overtops 5th – 6th July and 4th – 5th August.  These will only be tested if there is an indication of water quality problems.

Two red flags have been put up, one at either end of the lake, adjacent to the information boards with an explanatory notice.  A red flag means the water quality in Clevedon Marine Lake is currently POOR.  The latest test results and alerts are shared on social media, via our BLOG and lakeside to explain the situation and actions being taken.  Information is shared to allow lake users to make an informed decision about entering the water.

If the water quality in the lake is tested as POOR, it is recommended that the public do not swim in the lake until the water has refreshed, especially if unwell or with low immunity.  Anyone choosing to swim is advised to wear ear plugs and goggles to protect against infection.  All visitors having contact with the lake water are advised to wash or cleanse hands before eating.

Repairs

Following the 14m high tides around April’s Full Moon on 8th, there was a rockslide along the entry ramp leading to the pump house.  Contractors were on site w/c 18/5/20 making good the area, with a rather splendid retaining wall!

 

Getting the message across

If you are in or around the lake over the coming weeks, we are asking everyone to help spread these messages:

  • Help us Help the Lake. Marlens’ charity and a team of volunteers, run the lake, not North Somerset Council.
  • It costs £20,000 p.a. to keep Clevedon Marine Lake open to the public.
  • The lake is a semi-natural environment like a beach or river. Users enter at their own risk. Be safety aware.
    • Cold water – Know your limits.
    • Shallow perimeter – No diving or jumping in.
    • Uneven lakebed – Look at the lake map to understand where it is deep and shallow.
    • Underwater hazards like rocks – Risk of cuts and grazes, minimise contact with lakebed.
    • Overtopping tidesCheck tide times & heights before each visit; don’t enter the lake when it’s overtopping.
  • Respect the lake and its inhabitants. Bag and bin any litter – or even better, take it home.  Leave crabs as happy as you found them – and no bait scraps or fish hooks.

Friends of Clevedon Marine Lake

If you’re a Friend of Clevedon Marine Lake, why not become a friend for life?  We kindly ask Friends to consider setting up a standing order for £50 a year to become a perennial Friend, to continue supporting the lake, at less than £1 a week.  This can be done via on-line banking ‘Payments & Transfers’, set up as an annual transaction using the following details  * Account name:  MARLENS * Sort code:  20-94-74 * Account number:  13465160 * Reference:  Perennial Friend.

Sign up to Marlens’ Lottery

Alternatively, if you fancy a punt on Clevedon Marine Lake, with better odds of winning than the National Lottery, you can now sign up to Marlens’ Lottery on-line.  Marlens’ Lottery was launched in August 2015 to create a steady income to help run Clevedon Marine Lake throughout the year, following its renovation.

Lost and Found

Lost property is regularly picked up by MARLENS’ volunteers from around the lake and stored in the boathouse. For items left behind, contact 07867 336480.