West Reservoir Centre is a unique water sports facility that offers open water swimming in the centre of London in the Borough of Hackney.

The first open water swim session in 2019 will be Thursday 2nd May 2019.

In response to customer demand, from 1st July 2019 we are introducing additional open water swimming sessions on Monday evenings from 6.30pm to 8.30pm. Our Thursday, Saturday and Sunday sessions will continue as normal.


2019 OWS programme

  • Monday 6.30pm to 8.30pm (from 1st July 2019)
  • Thursday 5.30pm to 8pm
  • Saturday & Sunday 7.30am - 9.30am

Evening sessions will shorten when the nights draw in and light diminishes.

You’ll need to be minimum of 14 years old and have done an induction at the centre.

Cost per swim

  • Better Membership Card - £5.00 entry
  • Non-Members - £10.00 entry        


OWS Inductions

All members and non-members must complete an induction before attending  the general swim. A wetsuit is mandatory for the induction.



New swimmers must book an induction online. This is a one-off course and will not require repeating unless you have a significant break from swimming at the reservoir, eg 3 years or more. Inductions take place on Monday evenings only, commencing 13th May 2019. The cost is £15. Once you have completed an induction, booking is not required for a swim, just turn up and check in at reception.

To book an induction CLICK HERE 


Please note, we do not have wetsuits to hire.

Dates to note:

Open Water Swimming will not take place on these dates.



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