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Wetsuits & kit for new open water swimmers at Denham

Updated: Apr 15

Swim kit

- Goggles. I use Zoggs Predator / Zone 3

- Bright colour swim cap (NO BLACK)

- Ear plugs if used when swimming in the pool

- Wetsuit, optional - hire on the day of your swim

- Swim costume

- Flip flops to walk to the lake if the ground is cold

- Swim towel

- Warm loose fitting clothes for after your swim. Try not have jumpers with zips.

- Dry bag to take wet wetsuit home after your swim


Arrive swim ready with your swimming costume on.


· You can hire from Denham. The surfing wetsuits cost £4.00 to hire. This can be hired on the day (no booking needed) and paid for in cash or card on the day.

· You can buy a cheap surf wetsuit from Mountain Warehouse, Sainsbury. They are not ideal but will be good enough for your first season.

· You can hire a wetsuit for the season.

· If you are going to purchase a wetsuit, the triathlon, open water wetsuits are recommended and designed for swimming. Buy a few brands from Wiggle or Proswimwear to try them on at home and return the ones you’re not happy with. CHECK THE RETURN POLICY.

· Please be careful putting the wetsuit on as they can tear very easily. Especially with long nails.

· Make sure you measure yourself and use the brand’s size guide. Each brand's sizing is different.

· The wetsuit must feel tight but not so tight you’re so uncomfortable and can't breathe.

· DHB, Zone 3, Blueseventy are a good entry level brands. Do keep an eye out as the prices change.

Wetsuit brands

- DHB, 2XU, Zone 3, Blueseventy, ORCA, Speedo, Zonda, HUUB

Custom made wetsuits are fabulous and made in Cornwall –

Tow floats

Tow Woggle -

Change robes

Two Barefeet - Available at Denham

Dryrobes – definitely not essential but are fabulous to have at the start and end of the open water season.

Smoc Smoc -

Dryrobe -


If you plan on swimming at Denham on a regular basis you will need to get a NOWCA band. No need to have the band for the intro coached session as I will have all your emergency contact details.

The band costs £15.00 for the year. Register online for your band, and you will collect the band from the Denham clubhouse on your first swim.

Lake entry, £8 is booked via the ACTiO app. You can buy 10 swims for £70.00.

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