Open Water Swimming
Open Water or Wild swimming is essentially swimming outdoors in natural spaces, such as rivers, lakes or the sea.
This activity has seen a surge in popularity in recent years with more and more people taking to the water on a regular basis, throughout the seasons.
Fowey is a busy harbour with both commercial and leisure vessels transiting the harbour at all times of day and night. Swimming in Fowey Harbour is governed by safety restrictions outlined in the Harbour Byelaws which prohibit swimming in the Harbour outside of designated areas. Readymoney Cove as the perfect place for a sea swim as the area is buoyed off as a swimming-only zone.
We also recommend that swimmers take personal responsibility for their safety by having their own tow floats to make them visible, these also provide extra buoyancy if needed. For more safety advice visit the RNLI website
Water Quality Information
View the Surfers Against Sewage interactive map and download the Safer Seas App for the latest water quality alerts in your area.
Readymoney is a designated Bathing Water and water quality is tested through the bathing season (May to September), the beach is given an annual classification according to these results. View Bathing Water Profile for Readymoney
Water Quality advisory signage is displayed at Readymoney when the Environment Agency forecast a risk of pollution or if there has been a pollution event.
Going for a swim in cold, open water can be exhilarating, but it’s not without risk. Here’s some advice to follow to make sure you have a safe swim: