Swimming Lakes :-Thorpe Swimming Lakes (NOWCA HQ)
2013 SEASON CLOSES ON THE 29TH SEPTEMBER!
TIMES: Saturday & Sunday 6.30 - 9.30am
Tuesday Evening 5.30 - 8pm (NOW CLOSED DUE TO BAD LIGHT)
Thorpe Swimming Lakes is a spectacular venue that offers a new experience to all open water swimmers and triathletes, it is also the HQ of NOWCA.
There are four lakes in one location offering more availability than ever to swim, bike and run from one location and we are just 5 mins off the M25
As NOWCA HQ on offer is a full range of open water swimming distances and individual coaching and group courses.
"Without exception everyone enjoyed their swim and said that they preferred Thorpe Lake to many others we have visited. The water was very clear, the changing rooms very warm and inviting and the cafe provided 'welcome nutritional supplements' after some hard efforts. Couple with that the helpful staff and well stocked shop and I think you have a winning formula."
The well stocked NOWCA SHOP (see the Red NOWCA Bus) offers a full range of hire and sale wetsuits and equipment and this will operate as a ‘try before you buy’ system with price guarantees and helpful professional staff.
Facilities: Full showers, sauna and cafe onsite.
TRAINING / COACHING
NOWCA Open Water Swim Courses are available.
Coaching from level 3 BTF Coaches: Courses are running all season, starting with 'Open Water Swim Level 1' (See swimmers course dates on main NOWCA site)
Open Water Swim Coaching:
We will again be working to develop the open water swimming skills you need to achieve the most enjoyment or best performance from your open water swimming experience.
We will also be running group coached sessions:
Beginners: This course will introduce correct wetsuit fit, open water swimming techniques including mass starts, drafting, course sighting, navigating the buoys, removing the wetsuit etc. This would be well suited to apprehensive, first time open water swimmers.
Intermediates: This session will be more focused to race strategy and getting the best result from your swim. We will be developing from the Introduction session to look at start position, drafting strategies; adapting swim techniques according to position in the group, sighting when swimming individually versus in the pack, altering breathing techniques depending on location of buoys, sun glare etc., swim exit, wetsuit removal and for those interested, T1 techniques practice.
Register online here to secure your place!
To enquire about one-to-one sessions or to register your interest to join a group session, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Thorpe Sprint Southeast Series 2013: 750m Swim / 20km Bike / 5km Run
Races are now completed for 2013 at Thorpe Swimming Lakes:
Thank you and congratulations to all who raced our four events. Lookout for the 2014 dates to be anounced soon! Entries close as soon as entry limit is filled. Enter early to avoid dissapointment. We had 100 on waiting list in the final event!
Aquathons & Swims
1500m swim races and 750m Swim / 5km Run on the following dates:
1st September (swim only), 14 September & 21st September
Start time from the St Annes Lake, Thorpe will be at 7.00am, registration from 6.30am
Prizes for individual race winners.
Pre register online for race entry of £15 no entry on the day. Enter for 2 get last one free!!
NOTE: you also get free 2013 membership to NOWCA when you enter the Aquathlons.
Other weekly FREE races are available - 400m NOWCA Swim (ask staff a lake for details)
Every Saturday at 7am. Ask at swim registration on the bus.
From the M25 north exit at Junction 13 (Staines) and follow Thorpe Park signs. At the Thorpe Park entrance continue straight on to a roundabout where you will see brown signs for Thorpe Waterski.
From the M25 south exit at Junction 11 (Chertsey) and follow Thorpe Park signs, until you see the Thorpe Waterski sign – then follow that.
NOTE – there is no entry to the site from the M3 other than going from the M3 to the M25 and choosing one of the junctions mentioned above. The entrance to the site is on the B388 running between Thorpe Village and Chertsey. Once at the site park in car park and walk across footbridge.