Outdoor Swimming at Dosthill Quarry
Dosthill Quarry has been owned and operated by Ian & Pauline Forster, and their family for 29 years. You can call Ian 24/7 on 07928 562916 if you have any queries. You’ll enjoy the friendly family atmosphere that has made this incredibly attractive, and important, national swimming venue so popular. A former granite quarry flooded by a fresh water spring from 150 feet underground in 1934, the site is consistently recommended by swimmers for its clear, clean, pure, deep water.
No Swimmer’s Itch!
Unlike many shallow man-made lakes and former gravel pits that harbor freshwater snails, and parasites that infect swimmers, local residents and swimmers from many areas of the UK have enjoyed their sport free of the dreaded “swimmer’s itch” for more than 80 years. In fact, visiting swimmers who do have “the itch” often get better in this mineral-rich, therapeutic lake.
Healthy Outdoor Training Centre
All abilities and ages are welcome, including costume-only and wetsuit swimmers (see our safety policy below). Whether you’re trying open water swimming for the first time, a child wanting to enjoy some splash time, or a member of our English Channel relay team you’ll get fitter and healthier at this amazing venue. Triathletes, in particular, can benefit from the variable rugged terrain of this 32 acre training centre by adding bike and run phases to their swim session. Or anyone just looking to get fitter, or lose weight, can benefit from the healthy outdoor environment.
Resident Swim-Bike-Run & Fitness Coach
ASA Swimming Teacher, Middle Distance Coach and former British team member, Ian Forster, is on site most days, and is available for training tips and schedules.
Hot Tub Recovery Facility
Want to recover more quickly after your swim? Enjoy our Hot tub/Swim/Hot tub/Lake plunge/Hot tub session which significantly reduces the effects of any soreness or injury, and more quickly removes the lactic acid tiredness in your body. The Romans benefited from SANUM PER AQUA – Health Through Water. NOW YOU CAN!
Open 1700 Hours A Year
We love helping our swimmers achieve their goals whether you do one 400m lap or a 40 lap/10000 metre swim, and the clear water enables swimmers of any level to quickly improve their technique by being able to see the rotation and inclination of their hands during each stroke. Open 34 hours every week, on 213 days in 2017-2018, that’s more than 1700 hours a year for you to get fitter, quicker and more efficient.
Opening times Venue facilities
All Year + 5 bank Holidays Hot tub therapy & recovery Showers Changing rooms
Thursday 13:00-21:00 Free parking Toilets Rescue boat
Friday 13:00-21:00 Resident swim-bike-run & fitness coach Video coaching
Saturday 07:00-16:00 Hot & cold drinks Home-cooked snacks and meals
Sunday 07:00-16:00 Equipment hire Well-stocked, competitively-priced shop
FREE online registration (below). £20 Club saver membership. £7 per swimmer per outdoor swimming session. Launch Price £3 per 15 minute hot tub recovery session and FREE 5 minute pre-swim hot tub warm-up. £4 shortie wetsuit hire. £6 full wetsuit hire. £3 tow float hire. £10 NOWCA annual swim band. Training schedules & coaching from £5 per 10 min session priced according to need and whether personal, group or video.
How to Find Us
Dosthill Quarry National Dive site
Tamworth, nr Birmingham
B77 1LL (postal only)
B77 1LU (best for satnav)
Use your satnav or Google Maps to locate postcode B77 1LU – Church Road, Dosthill.
We are at 52o59’64.10″N, 1o68’78.00″W. So better still, copy and paste the following Geographic coordinates into Google Maps or your satnav to find our exact location on earth!
This should bring you into Church Road from the A51.
Please turn off car radios at this point to minimise noise disturbance to local residents.
Continue past the Church on your left, and turn left through green metal gates, into our site car park.
First New Year Swimmers
John Brain & Nick Balsdon are usually the first swimmers at Dosthill Quarry in the New Year at 7am when it is still dark! Note no suits in the positively tropical 8 degrees clear, clean spring-fed water. No algae, no swimmer’s itch, no freshwater snail parasites that bite. The first of many swims in an exciting new swimming year.
Information on Outdoor Swimming
Safety Policy. Whether you wear a costume only or a wetsuit, you are welcome. But to protect you in the deep water, you need adequate buoyancy. Wearing a wetsuit is the preferred way to prevent you sinking (and keep you warm), but many of our swimmers, particularly the Channel relay team, tow a swim float summer & winter alike! If you don’t have one you can hire one or buy your own on site.
Course. The above outdoor swimming course has been carefully planned and set out to provide a single 400 metre lap with integral 100 metre and 50 metre legs for split times. Four laps (1600 metres) is 5 metres short of a mile. 1000 metres would be 2.5 laps. The course has been positioned away from the quarry walls, particularly at the southern end of the lap (bottom of photo) where occasional loose rockfalls can occur, and away from the diver training areas where diver ascents are more frequent. Other than when avoiding a diver, please ensure you stay close to the outdoor swimming course buoys and on the course line.
Divers. Your swim may coincide with times when scuba divers are using the quarry. You can see where they are in relation to you by bubbles breaking the surface of the water. One of the safe practices all divers should follow when surfacing is to extend their arm, look up and around and surface slowly. Should you see bubbles on the surface in front of you, during your swim be prepared to avoid the bubbles. However, by the time you get close to where you first saw the bubbles, normally the divers have moved well away.
Footwear. We recommend bringing suitable footwear, such as flip-flops, crocs, or some old trainers, for the outdoor swimming transition in and out of the water to avoid any discomfort or injury to your feet.
Outdoor Swimming Declaration. The ASA require a declaration to be made on an individual’s ability to complete a planned outdoor swimming activity. “It should be quite clear to the swimmer that they are declaring that they are not only fit enough and have the stamina to complete the distance, but also that the swimmer is medically fit to do so”. Any pre-existing medical condition including medication and/or sensitivity to particular drugs should be included on the form. Our registration below includes this declaration.
Safe Outdoor Swimming Always
Complete our FREE registration for outdoor swimming
Email is our preferred way of contacting our registered swimmers.
If you don’t have an email address, call Ian Forster 24/7 on 07928 562916.
After you press the submit button you will receive confirmation that “Your registration for outdoor swimming was sent successfully to email@example.com” and you will receive a confirmation email.
Print off the email and bring it with you on your first visit. Sign and date it at that time and we’ll retain it on file.