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About : Salford Quays




Dock 9 is our World-class swim venue located at MediaCityUK, Salford Quays (next to the Lowry Theatre). This iconic Dock has being widely used for events such as the 2002 Commonwealth Games Triathlon, Salford Triathlons, Great Manchester Swim and our very own MediaCityUK Swim Challenges.

Newbies' / non-wetsuits and non-members are welcome and we pride ourselves on our excellent safety team comprising of safety boat and kayaks. When you swim with us you'll be in the safest hands possible. Our water quality-tested Dock offers a true long distance swim experience with courses ranging from 400m - 1km.

OPENH20 INDUCTIONS (FREE) - SATURDAYS - 8.50-9.00am & 9.50-10.00am (prompt) 

Every Saturday from 22 April there'll be an informative land-based induction for 'newbies' that will provide safety information, swim kit required and basic swim tips. No need to book just meet near the swimmer in/out tent.

*NEW FOR 2017! LIDO BY THE LOWRY (SATURDAYS 12.00-3.00pm - June 3 - August 26) 

From the beginning of June - when its nice and warm - there will be a lifeguarded 50m 'Lido By The Lowry' swimming area installed in Dock 9. It will offer Uswim members and the general public fitness lane swimming, coached training and beginner inductions. We are also planning lots of fun family stuff too! Think of it as your own big outdoor pool. In addition to our 'Lido' there will also be an 'own-supervised' 200m open water course out in the Dock available for endurance swimmers wearing safety tow-floats (compulsory). We've booked the sunshine so see you there!

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Manchester Swim News

Uswims 'Dover Souls' Channel Success

30 Aug 2015

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Quays News provide superb Uswim Coverage

9 Jun 2015

Local online digital news platform 'Quays News' provided an excellent comprehensive feature of your favourite open water specialists!

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Radio 4 Feature (Dock9, MediacityUK)

13 Jul 2013

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Parking Information

Parking is at the Lowry Outlet car park next to venue (£1 per hour). Please note that our previously used Erie Car park is now closed for redevelopment.

  • Changing Tents / Bag Store / Rinse shower / Toilet (Pret A Manger / Theatre / Outlet).
  • 500m, 750m, 1km swim courses.
  • Wetsuit hire / Goggles / Caps for sale.
  • Safety boat / Kayak cover
  • Hot, tasty refreshments

For Your Safety

  • Uswim Safety Bands to be visible at all times
  • Bright swim caps must be worn (available at venue)
  • No hats / dark caps = No swim
  • SwimP3's / Headphones not permitted (in case you need to respond to safety boats)
  • If requiring assistance lie on back, raise arm to summon safety boats

No need to pre-book to swim although all swimmers must register and purchase a 2017 Membership or pay as a non member on the day.

No minimum age (under 16's accompanied by a responsible guardian)

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