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Canary Wharf has opened its first open water swimming venue as London heats up for...
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Canary Wharf has opened its first open water swimming venue as London heats up for summer time. (Image:

Are you a type of Londoners gagging to make open water swimming your sole character trait?

Nicely, we have now excellent news — a model new open water swimming venue is opening within the attractive Canary Wharf, London.

For those who’ve ever fancied a dip within the Thames, you’re in luck, as 600m of swimming area will likely be open up till September, boasting views of One Canada Sq. and Newfoundland.

The brand new venue is opening up as a part of partnership between Love Open Water — a longtime swimming operator — and the Canal & River Belief, who not too long ago celebrated their 10-year anniversary.

To make sure the water is as much as scratch, Love Open Water oversee intensive, bi-monthly testing of Canary Wharf’s swimming area to make sure it maintains an ‘Wonderful’ score degree in keeping with EU Bathing Requirements standards. This implies it’s clear and secure to swim in

For those who’re simply dipping your toes into open swimming, you’ll be happy to know that the brand new swimming venue is open to individuals of all swimming talents over the age of 10.

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The swimming area is open to individuals of all talents over the age of ten. (Image:

The lifeguarded swim classes are additionally supported by NOWCA, the UK’s largest community of secure open water venues.

To benefit from the venue, swimmers should purchase a NOWCA membership for £15 a yr, which can grant them entry to not simply Canary Wharf, however over 40 different open swimming places.

From there, individuals can participate within the free NOWCA swim occasions provided often or pay £eight per three-to-four-hour open swimming slot. Members may improve their expertise with the ACTiO app.

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Ros Daniels, Canal & River Belief Regional Director for London & South East stated: ‘We’re happy to be working in partnership with Canary Wharf Group to licence an space of London Docklands the place individuals can expertise open water swimming safely underneath the supervision of lifeguards and the place the water high quality will likely be routinely examined.

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The open swimming venue is accessible till September. (Image:

‘Until collaborating in a supervised occasion with all the security measures in place, our recommendation is to remain out of the water.

‘The dangers of getting into unsupervised are very actual – the water could be far colder than anticipated, even on the most well liked of days, and objects submerged beneath the floor can current a really actual threat.’

Shobi Khan, CEO, Canary Wharf Group, stated: ‘Canary Wharf has over 20 acres of parks, gardens and squares and a key goal is to open up the water for our residents, guests and enterprise prospects to reconnect with nature.’

Rick Kiddle, Founder and CEO of NOWCA added, ‘Our goal is to assist make open water extra accessible, to extra individuals, and most significantly extra safely. We assist over 40 venues nationwide with our security methods and we have now labored with Love Open Water for a decade now.

‘We’re actually excited to be a part of this incredible new venue at Canary Wharf as it can open extra swimming prospects within the East London space.’

So, what are you ready for? Dive in!

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