Daventry Open Water Swimming

Rugby Triathlon Club is one of the founding supporters of Open Water Swimming at Daventry Country Park. For full booking details and information on slot booking and how we operate, please visit Northamptonshire Sport - Open Water Swimming.


Volunteering At Daventry Open Water Swimming Sessions 

Dear valued volunteer,

Thanks for your interest in supporting the community use of Daventry Country Park for Open Water Swimming.

The information below:

  • outlines the various volunteering roles at each session
  • describes each role in detail so you know what to expect on the delay
  • provides an approximate schedule of set-up / pack-down at each session
  • provides a link to our volunteer rota

Open water swimming at Daventry Country Park is completely volunteer run, operated by a group of volunteers from Rugby Triathlon Club and Daventry Dolphins in partnership with Northamptonshire Sport and Northamptonshire Parks.

All swimming fees are reinvested back into the development of the venue and operational costs for running the swim sessions throughout the summer.


Volunteer Roles

The below table outlines all roles required for each swimming session. We divide each session for volunteers into two, allowing the opportunity for every volunteer to also swim at the session if they wish (see below table).

Volunteers at each swim session also have their swim fees for that session waived (car parking charges still apply).

Volunteer Role

Outline of Role

Who can Volunteer?
Qualifications required

Swim Director (SD)

Responsible for overall running of the swim session, setting up and management of the volunteering team; key liaison with on-water safety team.

Training required (if interested in volunteering for SD role, please contact us.

Water Safety Office
Sign in/out

Responsible at water entry/exit for ensuring all swimmers are registered, checked in/out versus central booking register.
Works with SD to ensure swim entry/exit safe.
SD will brief on duties at every session.

Anyone - no training required

Swim Assistant

Additional volunteer to support the SD and water safety check in/out roles during the session / setting up / packing down.
Ensures smooth transition between each booked session.

Anyone - no training required

COVID Awareness /
SD Marshall

Supporting the SD and volunteers in ensuring participants and volunteers adhere to COVID-19 guidelines and social distancing enforced (1m+ rule) in the area lakeside, with special attention to area around swim entry/exit, bike rack, dam wall and car park.

Anyone - no training required

Car Parking Direction

Marshalling the entry and exit of participant vehicles into the designated swim parking area lakeside at each session.
Role also includes discussion with non-participants to ensure only swimmers' vehicles enter via gate, outlining need for swimmers to pay for parking.
Only required for first half of session.

Anyone - no training required

Lifeguard

Monitoring activity on and in the water whilst the session is in progress.
Providing lifesaving rescues, support and first aid where required.

Qualified open water lifeguards only

Kayak / SUP

Monitoring activity on and in the water whilst the session is in progress.
Supporting in rescue or assistance for swimmers out of water.
On-water support for smooth transition between booked sessions.

Member of Northampton Canoe and Kayak Club, or SUP Club; for more information, please contact Nina at

Additional Volunteers

Providing additional support for Swim Director and other volunteers in the smooth running of each session, especially in set-up, pack-down and between each booked swim slot.

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if you would like to volunteer, please register at the Daventry Open Water Volunteers page.

Each session is divided into two volunteering blocks, with a need for all roles to be filled in each “block” – some volunteers may wish to do both blocks, others may wish to volunteer for one block and swim in the other half of the session:


Session Times

  • Sunday Block 1:
    7:30 setup / 1st half of the session (7:30am-9:30am) – volunteers please arrive 7:30am
  • Sunday Block 2:
    2nd half of the session and pack down (9:30am-11:30am) – volunteers please arrive 9:30am

Contact Us

If you have any questions about volunteering or require more information, please don’t hesitate to contact the organising committee at the following contact details: