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Age range

16-25 year olds

Next sessions

Wednesday 10th August for 6 weeks


Henleaze Lake, Bristol, BS10 5HG

OTR has partnered with Henleaze Swimming Club to offer young people the chance to take part in guided cold water swimming.

PLEASE NOTE: All spaces have now been filled and we are no longer taking sign ups. 

Cold water swimming has been shown to have some great benefits for our mental health and wellbeing. As well as being good exercise, it can also improve our mood and lessen anxiety. Now this six week project will give you the opportunity to try it for yourself this summer!

Sessions will be guided by OTR staff and will take place at Henleaze Lake – so beautiful you’ll forget you’re in the middle of the city!

Do be aware that outdoor swimming is more dangerous than swimming in a pool. Because of this, it’s important that you’re able to swim 50m unaided. We’ll need you to do a swim test in the first week without a wetsuit to make sure you’re all good to go.


Nature Works, Sports Works, and Art Works sit within OTR’s Community Partnerships Team. These projects are designed to offer you an alternative approach to mental health care. We want to offer a wide breadth of services to ensure that you can feel empowered and in control of your health and wellbeing, on your own terms.

We recognise that some young people face barriers to accessing mental health support, and so we actively encourage and invite young people from working class backgrounds, young people with disabilities, young men, young people with experience of care, young people for whom English is a second language, LGBTQ+ young people and young people of colour to our service. Please let us know if you are struggling to access support, for whatever reason, and we will try to support you to overcome those barriers. For example, we can work with interpreters, support you with route planning to get to the project, or offer additional emotional support.

We look forward to welcoming you to one of our projects soon!

This offer is for young people aged 16 – 25.

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