On Monday 7th October 2019, a sample of water was taken from Clevedon Marine Lake. The results indicate the water quality is ‘Excellent’ as stated for Coastal and Transitional waters in The Bathing Water Regulations, 2013.
Just before Christmas an elderly gentleman suffered a cardiac arrest after a brief swim in Clevedon Marine Lake. He was fortunate to receive immediate care from three swimmers lakeside, who were off-duty or ex-nurses; he was given CPR and the Coastguard Station defibrillator (pictured) was deployed. Three paramedic vehicles and the air ambulance attended and took over after approximately 15 minutes. The patient was stabilised and transferred to an Intensive Care Unit.
We are pleased to announce that after several days in ICU, the gentleman has been transferred to a Cardiac Unit for further treatment.
Marlens would like to say thank you and well done to everyone who assisted.
Take notice of the safety signs around Clevedon Marine Lake. Water may look safe, but it can be dangerous. Water depth may be shallower than it seems. Submerged objects like rocks may not be visible – these can cause serious impact injuries. Know the SIGNS. A red ring shape with a line running through it, white background and symbols mean you should NOT do this. There are ‘No Diving’ signs positioned around Clevedon Marine Lake. This means no diving in Clevedon Marine Lake, because most of it is shallow, the water is murky and there may be obstructions on the lake bed.
During the winter months, November 2017 to March 2018, lots of brave swimmers challenged themselves to swim regularly in Clevedon Marine Lake, incentivised by the Polar Bear Challenge. The challenge, which was organised by volunteers, required participants to swim a minimum of 100m twice a month. One way to rack up the required distance was a 100m circuit around the lake’s much-loved pontoon. Watch this wonderful bird’s eye view of the swimmers celebrating their achievements on 25th March 2018, when individual awards were given out at Clevedon Sailing Club. The challenge raised £500 to support Marlens, the charity behind the maintenance and development of Clevedon Marine Lake. Well done Clevedon Polar Bears for enjoying the cold water! And thank you Geoff Langan from Orbitance for the amazing view.
Polar bears are excellent swimmers; their scientific name, Ursus maritimus, means ‘sea bear’. They live in countries that ring the Arctic Circle, swimming in seas of -2oC.
All hail the early bathers
Swimwear on before the dawn
Then entering the water
As autumn day is born
Mirrored surface broken
As cross the lake they power
Immune they to the coldness
At this the waking hour
They say it’s warmer in there
Than standing on the brink
But some are made for swimming
While others merely sink.
PETER GIBBS, September 2017