New wild water swimming spot as Severn Trent launches trial

Wild water swimming is being trialled at a leisure attraction. Severn Trent is hosting the session at Carsington Water - 20 miles from Leek - next month.

It comes as reservoirs have low water temperatures, hidden dangers beneath the surface, soft banks, and unseen currents.

Severn Trent visitor engagement manager Donna Marshall said: “We know that outdoor swimming has grown in popularity over the years and this is something we’ve wanted to introduce for a while, so we're really pleased to be able to offer this pilot session at Carsington. We have always said that people should not enter the water at any of our reservoirs unless taking part in a supervised and structured activity and this absolutely remains the case. Reservoirs can be really dangerous places so it's important that people only ever enter the water to take part in a managed, organised event. There will be lots of measures in place to ensure that the swim event will be as safe as possible.”

The trial is being overseen by Pacesetter Events which already operates from Rutland Water.

Paul Cowling, from Pacesetter Events, said: “We’re really pleased to be able to support Severn Trent in trialling open water swimming at Carsington Water. It's an amazing location with all of the on-site resources that we'd need for this event and we’ve worked really closely with Severn Trent to find safe swimming routes on the reservoir.

“Swimming has very different risks to other water-based sports like paddleboarding or canoeing. To make sure everyone enjoys the session safely, swimmers will be required to use swim floats and wear swimming hats for every session, along with wetsuits if the temperature is below 16 degrees, and we’ll have trained teams and safety boats on hand to provide support.”

The open water session is £32 and from 6.30pm to 8.30pm on Thursday, July 11. To register for the event, click here.

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