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Swimming
TRIbal Triathlon at Vobster Quay welcomes open water swimmers, triathletes & other multisport athletes with a range of highest quality facilities, coaching and support services that will enhance your training & significantly improve your performance.

With 36-acres of fresh, crystal clear water fed from underground springs, swimmers of all levels will find the heady mix of onsite facilities, high quality coaching and a friendly welcome hard to resist.

The quality of and visibility in our lake water is second to none. To ensure the health and safety of all visitors to Vobster Quay, the lake water is regularly tested for purity and cleanliness and conforms to standards set well above those set for swimming and those regulated by open water swimming Governing bodies.

The TRIbal Hub facilities offer swimmers a swim specific quayside; a measured and marked 750m swim course; a designated and marked coaching and skills training area; high quality coaching support and programmes; a unique and inspiring events programme and relaxed, friendly pre & apres swim facilities.
WHY SWIM AT THE TRIBAL HUB?
A full range of facilities available to you
TRIbal triathlon is a unique, inspirational and holistic open water swimming and multisport experience based at Vobster Quay near Mells, Somerset - the TRIbal hub offers...

  • Parking
    With two large car parks, there's always plenty of space to park your car.
  • Changing Facilities - Vobster Quay offers clean and spacious male and female changing facilities, hot showers and toilets.
  • Coaching, Training & Racing
    TRIbal Triathlon offers high quality coaching support, training programmes and an extensive race/events programme.
  • Safety
    Your safety and enjoyment is our number one priority. Please read, understand and fully adhere to our open water swim safety guidelines. All our staff are trained in emergency first aid and water safety procedures and the site benefits from two high speed RIBS should you run into difficulties.
  • 750m Swim Course & Designated Training Areas
    The TRIbal Triathlon Hub has both a designated coaching and swim skills area and a measured and marked 750m swim course permanently marked with swim buoys.
  • Food Catering
    Our onsite catering facilities and sports cafe offer a full range of hot and cold food and drinks. From a simple snack to a filling meal, we've got it covered.
  • Water Quality
    The lake water at Vobster Quay is regularly tested to ensure health and well being of all visitors. Surface water temperature, visibility and lake conditions are measured and updated daily.
  • Shelter
    Getting wet is all part of the fun but that's certainly not the case when you're on the surface! We've provided a large marquee with seating on the swim quayside, for briefings, easy transitions and to keep you and your kit dry should the weather decide not to play ball.

STAY SAFE AS YOU SWIM
Guidelines to keep you safe as you swim
We like to think that TRIbal Triathlon offers a highest quality, friendly and stress-free place to open water swim, but we do ask all our swimmers to observe the following rules & safety guidelines...

  • All swimmers must be competent pool swimmers and must be capable of swimming a minimum of 400m (16 x lengths of a 25m pool) continously and confident swimming in deep water.
  • Swimmers must swim in pairs or at least have an assigned land based spotter who watches them throughout their swim.
  • All swimmers must wear a suitable brightly coloured / easily visible swim cap whilst in the water.
  • All swimmers are advised to wear a suitable swim wetsuit for warmth & buoyancy (as a deep water venue, water temperature tends to be cooler than other open water venues, particularly in the early season).
  • Swimmers wishing to swim without wearing a swim wetsuit will be required to sign a non-wetsuit waiver form.
  • Please swim either in the designated coaching & training area or following a clockwise rotation of the marked 750m swim course - see swim course site map boards.
  • Avoid swimming over divers bubbles, divers may make rapid ascents which could cause injury if you are above them.
  • The minimum age of entry is 14 years. Children under this age are not permitted at the water edge and must be supervised by an adult at all times.
  • Swimmers aged 14-16 years must have a competent adult swimming with them, and be assessed by a Vobster member of staff before their first swim (must be pre-booked). Please email richard@vobster.com to book an assessment. Please forward a completed Junior Swimming Competence Declaration form to us before the assessment.

Open Water Swim Times
Swim opportunities at TRIbal Triathlon
The lake at Vobster Quay is open throughout the year with open water swimming activities taking place between April and October.

For those with a competitive streak, from June to September there will be an open water swim and aquathlon event followed by a relaxed social and BBQ.

WATER EXIT: Please note that we require all swimmers to exit the water at the time indicated in the 'Water Exit' column. This will allow you enough time to make use of the changing room facilities before the site closes

2017 - OPEN WATER SWIM TIMETABLE:
20th April - October
Opening Hours
Water Exit
Lifeguarded
Monday
08:30 - 17:00
16:30
-
Tuesday
08:30 - 17:00
16:30
-
Wednesday
08:30 - 17:00
16:30
-
Thursday
08:30 - 21:30
21:00
-
Friday
08:30 - 17:00
16:30
-
Saturday
08:30 - 17:30
16:45
-
Sunday
08:30 - 17:30
16:45
-
2017 - SUMMER SWIM TIMETABLE:
June 14th - August 31st
Opening Hours
Water Exit
Lifeguarded
Monday
08:30 - 17:00
16:30
-
Tuesday
08:30 - 19:30
19:15
17:00 - 19:15
Wednesday
06:30 - 17:00
16:30
06:30 - 08:30
Thursday
08:30 - 22:00
21:00
-
Friday
08:30 - 17:00
16:30
-
Saturday
08:30 - 17:30
16:45
-
Sunday
08:30 - 17:30
16:45
-
2017 - INTER SWIM TIMETABLE:
1st Nov - 31st March
Opening Hours
Water Exit
Lifeguarded
Monday
08:30 - 17:00
16:30
-
Tuesday
08:30 - 17:00
18:30
-
Wednesday
06:30 - 17:00
16:30
-
Thursday
08:30 - 17:00
16:30
-
Friday
08:30 - 17:00
16:30
-
Saturday
08:30 - 17:30
16:45
-
Sunday
08:30 - 17:30
16:45
-
Swim Entry Fees
Great facilities and great value!
Whether you're training for the next Iron Man event or just enjoy swimming for fitness and health, swimming at Vobster Quay offers great value for money.

Swimming entry to Vobster Quay for swimmers/multisport athletes costs just £8.50 per visit with no added charges for facility usage. However, for those who would like to take advantage of the facilities and services on a regular basis, we would recommend taking up our exclusive annual TRIbal Membership which caters for swimming, triathlon and multisport participation.

TRIbal membership represents excellent value! Costing just £33.50 and valid for 12 months from the date you sign up, joining the TRIbal Membership scheme entitles you to a range of exclusive benefits including discounted entry to the site - instead of paying £8.50, TRIbal members pay only £6.00!

VOBSTER QUAY SWIMMER ENTRY FEES:
Entry Type
Members
Non-Members
Day Swimmer
£6.00
£8.50