The London royal docks open water swimming venue
is the most iconic in the world.
2017 Summer Season starts on 1st April until 30th September… get the session times in your diary!
Over winter we require swimmers to book in advance please follow this link & scroll down to ‘bookings’
We pride ourselves in creating the safest environment in which to swim.
We test the water fortnightly and provide all the equipment you need to make sure you have an amazing experience with us.
We are lucky enough to be running our safety tagging system with NOWCA which comes with a ton of benefits for our open water swimmers.
Make sure you get yours before you arrive to swim with us for the first time.
Directions / on Arrival
Location and How to Find Us
See TfL (transport for London) bus links running closest to Royal Victoria Station
You can use either of these addresses in your sat nav.1 Siemens Brothers Way, London, E16 1GB or 1 Dock Road, London, E16 1AG
The Royal Victoria Car Park (L2) offers 750 parking spaces a five-minute walk away and is located behind the Crowne Plaza Hotel on Western Gateway.Alternatively, you should be able to find free parking on DOCK Rd. (see aerial picture)
The Centre is within five minutes by taxi of London City Airport which serves over 30 destinations across the UK, Europe and the USA, with connections to the rest of the world through major European hubs.
By Cable Car
You can get to the Open Water Swimming direct via the Emirates Air Line Cable Car from the Greenwich peninsular.
By Underground and Docklands Light Railway(DLR)
The nearest station to the Centre is Royal Victoria Station (Zone 3) on the Docklands Light Railway (DLR), only a three minute walk away from the LRDOWS (see aerial picture).
To reach the LRDOWS from the DLR, turn right out of Royal Victoria Station onto Seagull Lane. As you pass the Pumping Station you will come to a small roundabout and will see the Pontoon jutting out into the water, in between the Emirates SkyLine and The Oiler bar straight ahead of you.
Opening Times and Calender
Opening Times from 1st April 2017: Tuesday 5-8pm, Wednesday 5–8pm, Thursday 7–9.30am, Saturday 8–11am, Sunday 8-11am
Over winter, until 31st March, we require swimmers to book in advance please follow this link & scroll down to ‘bookings’
Please also note that we will be slowly reducing the size of swimming routes as the temperature drops. This is to ensure we can always get to you as quickly and safely as possible should there be an emergency.
For sessions that begin before or after sunrise/sunset, please ensure you have a tow float to swim with, and we may give you a small LED light to put inside it for the duration of the session. Tow floats can be purchased on site.
We have a great selection of Zone3 wetsuits to hire!
looking for the competitive edge? We offer swim timing / coaching sessions and the three Triathlon course distances.
Water Testing and quality
The water is tested every two weeks against EU Bathing regulations to ensure the purity is perfect for open water swimming. So you don’t have to worry.
The water is slightly salty but really clean and pleasant to swim in.
You will find that it is a couple of degrees colder than the lakes and more similar to rivers. Come and try it out for yourself.
We take the water temperature before each session and can update you on the day you visit. The general temperature is currently 13-14 degrees.
Dock2Dock Race 29th July 2017
The London Swimming Club
The London Swimming Club (LSC) provides a welcoming club environment for open water swimmers. Over a century ago, the club’s original founders created an inclusive community of swimmers who seamlessly combined the art of swimming with core moralistic purpose. The revival of the club aims to pick up where they left off; promoting the positive effects of swimming on both the body and mind and most importantly to have fun whilst doing it.
Visit their website for more information: www.thelondonswimmingclub.co.uk
Your Safety & the NOWCA Safety Wristband
Everyone who swims in the docks must have a NOWCA safety wristband. To purchase your wristband you must do this online Click Here . Swimmer Benefits of the NOWCA SAFETY WRISTBAND include:
- As a NOWCA swimmer you only ever have to provide your lake with emergency contact and medical details once, unless they change.
- Each time you swim at a NOWCA lake your swim will be timed and your distance recorded. You will be able to view this in your personal login area.
- You can purchase multiple swims at London Royal Docks Open Water Swimming venue, removing the need to take money with you each time.
- As a NOWCA member you can scan in and out of the water, quickly and without any paperwork.
- There are 22+ NOWCA lakes around the UK using this system. In some of our lakes who are running the NOWCA Kiosk you donâ€™t need to go to reception before your swim.
- You will be able to participate in weekly NOWCAswim400m races. Your results appear in your log in area, as will other events.
- Your NOWCA venue can contact you with important schedule changes and information.
- Enjoy discounts from our NOWCA partners (Cherry Active, ZONE3 Wetsuits, H2open magazine, Getbuzzing)
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