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Experience the Joy of Open Water Swimming in Canary Wharf

Updated: Jul 29, 2022

Nothing makes summer in London more refreshing than enjoying the views of the iconic One Canada Square and Newfoundland whilst sharing the joy and adventure of swimming. The new Canary Wharf Open Water swimming venue invites visitors, residents, and workers to take a dip in the waters of Middle Dock.

And if you have cleanliness and safety concerns about this marvellous idea, know that for your peace of mind, NOWCA, the UK’s largest network of safe open water venues and Love Open Water regularly test the water at Canary Wharf using independent experts, making sure it reaches the highest levels of hygiene by using the latest technology.

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Each session is lifeguarded and is available to all skill levels over the age of 10, from complete novices to seasoned swimmers. Access is from the pontoon next to Humble Grape on Mackenzie Walk where bathers will find changing huts to get ready for their swim.

The Benefits of Outdoor Swimming

Did you know that taking a dip outdoors boosts serotonin and dopamine levels, stimulating the release of feel-good endorphins? According to a BMJ Case Reports study, en-plein-air swimmers report improvements in mood immediately. Their bodies feel more pumped and full of energy, which increases the body’s defensive response to damage. Besides possibly reducing the risk of neurological disorders, cancer, chronic respiratory disease, there’s also a sustained, incremental reduction in symptoms of depression. The resistance you meet in the water also helps build up muscular strength.

To enjoy the new attraction, swimmers have to purchase a NOWCA membership (at £15 per year) – which also grants them access to all 40 NOWCA UK locations. Sessions run throughout the week including weekends. A three-to-four-hour open water swimming session costs £8, or you can take part in the free NOWCA Swim events that are offered regularly. Find out more details from the official webpage.

📍 Where: Love Open Water Canary Wharf, Mackenzie Walk, London E14 4PH

🚇 Canary Wharf station on the Elizabeth Line, DLR, and Jubilee Line on the underground. *All photos were taken by Ina/WithinLondon unless stated otherwise.

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