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Join in: swim challenge

Fancy a challenge? On the weekend of 14/15 August, you can set yourself any swimming challenge you like. It might be a distance — maybe you’ve always wanted to swim 1km, 5km or even 10km. It might be swim in somebody’s memory or a swim in a funny costume. You can do it on your own or as part of a team.
Whatever you choose, this is your chance to be a part of a national challenge and raise money for a fantastic cause at the same time. You’ll get a free event swim cap and have the chance to win some amazing prizes.

What’s the charity?

The challenge is set up by Level Water and lakes all across the UK are taking part. Level Water is a national charity that provides bespoke, 1-1 swimming lessons to children with disabilities. They currently work in 80 pools and provide 20,000 lessons to 500 children, but this is all at risk. Their income has been hit hard with the cancellation of 2020 and 2021 events, which is why they’ve teamed up with the Outdoor Swimming Society to run ‘Lakes for Level Water’ for a second year giving you the chance to be part of an incredible challenge and giving Level Water hope of survival.

What’s more, Clevedon Marine Lake will get 20% of all the funds raised. We are raising money to build a disabled changing room and toilet by the lake, and to store the disabled hoist that we raised money to buy with our winter swimming challenge. We believe in providing access for all to Clevedon Marine Lake and opening up opportunities for more people to enjoy the benefits of water activities, which is why we’re so happy to be working with Level Water.

Want to take part?

Go to www.levelwater.org./lakes and register.

Join our fundraising team www.justgiving.com/team/clevedonmarinelake and start raising money. There are loads of fantastic prizes to be won!
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! 

Water quality excellent despite crowds

It’s been a busy couple of weeks at Clevedon Marine Lake. From dawn to dusk, people have been arriving in their droves to swim, paddleboard and enjoy being by the water.

Over the last few years, crowds plus warm water temperatures have led to a drop in water quality. But, not this year. We have been taking regular samples to be tested at a local lab and the water quality has remained ‘excellent’.

Safe and fun

Keeping the lake safe and clean is our priority. Every morning, our volunteers clean up litter from the day before. But this hasn’t been easy. Not only have people been leaving lots of litter, but also broken glass and even dog poo. This is dangerous for people with bare feet, children playing and risks affecting the water quality.

You can help

To help us keep our lake clean and safe for everyone, please:

  • take all litter home with you or use the big wheelie bins on the upper promenade
  • don’t bring your dog to the lake
  • avoid single-use plastics where you can
  • don’t bring glass bottles
  • buy wooden crabbing lines
  • keep barbecues off the ground (they damage the concrete when hot)

You can also donate to support our charity’s work or volunteer to help the morning clear-up.

If you’re spot anything that’s broken or damaged, please get in touch. If you’re concerned about anti-social behaviour at the lake you can report it to Avon and Somerset Police here.