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Lake Rules & Safety: for OOD House and Retreat Guests only.

Lake Rules & Safety: for OOD House and Retreat Guests only.

Posted by Helen Soudain on

PLEASE NOTE: The below text is for our OOD House and Retreat Guests as the Lake remains closed otherwise. 

For OOD House and Retreat Guests: Please Read the Following before Entering the Lake
  • You must have read and signed our online form and waiver.
  • You must not have any medical condition that may impact your ability to safely partake in open water swimming. If you are unsure seek the advice of a GP. 
  • Consider yourself – be aware of and stay within your own limitations. 
  • You must enter and exit the water at the designated points as outlined in the safety video.
  • You must not jump or dive from the jetty.
  • Swimming is only permitted during daylight hours.
  • You must be an acclimatised cold-water swimmer when the lake drops below 12 C and have signed to say that you are.
  • You must be accompanied by another person.
  • You must not swim after consuming alcohol.
  • Please shower before entering the lake, the lake benefits from a balanced eco system, sun creams and body lotion are toxic to fish and wildlife. Whilst we cannot ask you not to wear sun cream in the lake, we ask that you are mindful that components in some sunscreens are toxic to the lake, even in small amounts. There are some great sunscreens available that are better for the environment. We have a guide in the folder and some sun cream for you to use.
  • You must not swim within 3 metres of the bank.
  • Avoid damaging plants in and around the water.
  • Be aware that ground-nesting and hole nesting birds may be breeding on banks in the spring and summer; be particularly careful not to disturb them at this time.
  • Introducing invasive species of plants and animals to watercourses may have very serious effects on the habitats found there. You can prevent this by checking, cleaning and drying your swimwear/ wet suit thoroughly before going to a new place.
  • You must not hold onto the green plastic floats.


  • No under 18s or dogs allowed to swim.
  • Please do not swim if there is a chance of thunder or lightning. 
Wood Fired Hot Tub Safety & Rules
  • People with heart disease, high or low blood pressure, any serious illness or who are pregnant, should not use the hot tub without consulting their doctor first.
  • Please be aware that the heat of the water can speed up the effects of alcohol.
  • Please take care when loading the logs and opening and closing the door, the main door gets hot.
  • Please do not burn anything other than the fuel provided by us.
  • Do not immerse your head in the water as it increases the risk of infection (and you could drown).
  • Do not use electrical appliances near the water to avoid electric shocks.
  • Do not use any contaminants such as bubble bath, oils etc in the water.
  • The burner is protected by a guard, and you should not make any attempt to touch the burner.
  • Never allow the water temperature to go over 40 degrees.
  • We reserve the right to refuse entry if you are under the influence of alcohol or drugs.


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