SUMMER PROGRAMME: Open Water Swimming at Shepperton Lake

Date: April / May – September
The club has direct links with Shepperton Lake (Directions). The lake is open from April / May to late September. They have a 400m and 750m course set in a stunning lake beside Desborough Island Sailing club. The atmosphere is relaxed and friendly. You can run around the outside of the lake on the 1.5km trail run.

The lake’s summer opening times are as follows:
Monday: 17:30 – 20:30
Wednesday: 06:30 – 09:00 & 17:30 – 20:30
Saturday & Sunday:  07:00 – 11:00

You must fill in a health form via their website prior to the start of each season for the lake’s own health and safety policy.

Please check the Shepperton Lake website to confirm opening times and cost.

FREE swimming on a Monday evening for those attending the clubs coached session with a valid FULL membership card.

FREE Saturday OR Sunday morning swim (May to August / September) with a valid FULL membership card (one swim per weekend).

NB: You need proof of FULL membership with a valid membership card.

BTF LEVEL 3 Coached Monday Nights

Members have the opportunity once a week to have access to our own BFT Level 3 Coach, Ralph Hydes, to help improve their open water swimming such as sighting, drafting, turning, or basic technique development. There are three sessions. Each session is ability based and is as follows:


Session one @6:30pm: Developmental
Focus: swim technique, open water skills and confidence.

Session two @7:00pm: Intermediates
Focus: technique and pacing.

Session three @7:30pm: Advanced
Focus: speed and open water craft.

NB: Sessions are FREE for full VTC members. Places are limited to 10-14 spaces. Book via the club app.

Many members currently use their own gym pool during the winter months to conduct their own personal swim training.