Water Quality Testing

Bespoke yet affordable water quality testing services for event organisers, venue operators, local authorities, fire services and land owners

Swim Safety provides water quality testing and analysis services for a large number of open water swimming and triathlon events and venues in the UK.

One of the key challenges for event organisers & venue operators is that it can often be very difficult to organise one-off or irregular water sampling at a reasonable cost. Furthermore, many of the results that are returned consist only of raw data, with little or no interpretation.

Fast Lab Analysis - Typical turnaround of 3-4 days
Clear and concise results certificates - Aligned to EU Standards and/or BTF Guidelines
Supported by expert advice & support - Trusted by venues & operators throughout the UK

As part of our service, we provide the raw data but also align the results to the EU bathing water directive standards and BTF/ITU regulations on a traffic light colour coded system to make them easily understandable.

We offer a complete water quality sampling and results package ideally suited for open water swimming and triathlon event organisers and venue operators.  

Very good, responsive people and efficient service. Very satisfied & highly recommend.

Steven Adam, Northants Sport

Great service!
Needed a quick turnaround of results and was very impressed that my samples were tracked over the weekend.

Annie, WC Halls and Son

The whole sampling process at the outset looked a daunting prospect, but in the end was straight forward and managed by a very competent team. We’ll be using again in the future for our events.

Ash Nicholson, Discovery Triathlon

We provide water quality testing services for a range of organisations including:

Sports events
Venue operators
Fire services & local authorities
TV & film productions
Private land owners

Our Water Quality Testing kit is easy to order, and includes everything required to receive your results.

Order your test kit

Collect your water samples

Return the samples by post

Get your samples lab analysed

Receive your water sample certificate

Get in touch to arrange your water quality testing

Sampling Services

As standard, our sampling packages include the following:

  • Sampling kit delivery (to you)
  • Full sampling instructions & supporting paperwork
  • Postage of samples once taken and delivery direct to UKAS accredited laboratory
  • Traffic light coded analysis certificate

The package outlined above is based on you obtaining the samples yourself from the water body. However, if this is not feasible we are able to offer a service whereby we collect the samples.

What we sample for

All microbiology samples are analysed against the EU Bathing Water Standards, which includes:

  • E. coli
  • Faecal Streptococci / Intestinal Enterococci

Additional parameters such as pH, blue-green algae & dissolved metals can also be tested for in addition to the above list.


To get accurate results, samples are incubated which allows bacteria & organisms within the sample to ‘grow’, once they have grown a count can be provided. This normally takes 48h-72hrs. Result certificates are then emailed to you using our traffic-light colour coding system which provides you with clear & concise results.

Blue Green Algae Testing

We also provide blue green algae (Cyanobacteria) testing.

We provide water quality testing services for:

Open water swimming venues
Triathlon events
Festivals & wild swimming
In-water training courses
british triathlon water testing

Accredited LabsILAC-UKAS-1024x583

All our samples are analysed in UKAS laboratories. This ensures samples are dealt with in accordance with best industry practice, reduces the risk of spoilt samples and means results supplied can be replied upon.

Sampling Programmes

Typically, open water training venues will require a more regular and structured testing programme to be put in place. Please get in touch for further details on how we can assist with this.

Blue Green Algae Testing

We also provide specific blue green algae testing services, further details of which can be found here.

Arrange your water sample testing now or contact us on 01279 912950