Pre-Entry Questions

What are the age restrictions for the Great Swim events?
The age limit depends on what distance you are due to swim: You must be 8 years or over on the day of the event to enter a 250m swim. Every child aged 1...
Thu, 21 Oct, 2021 at 9:49 AM
I have never participated in open water swimming before, should I enter?
The Great North Swim is for swimmers of all abilities. Most people taking part will not have swum in the outdoors before, so you won’t be alone! The...
Thu, 24 Nov, 2022 at 12:47 PM
How do I train for this event?
You can train for the event in the swimming pool by continually increasing your distance.  You can find advice on training and outdoor swimming here.
Thu, 24 Nov, 2022 at 12:46 PM
Can swimmers with a disability take part?
For safety reasons the Great North Swim features dry-land sections at the start and finish of the course so may not be suitable for all swimmers. If you...
Thu, 24 Nov, 2022 at 12:47 PM
Is fancy dress allowed?
Equipment or costumes that restrict the swimmer or potentially cause any injury to other swimmers in a confined swimming environment will NOT be allowed. ...
Thu, 24 Nov, 2022 at 12:49 PM
I have heard about blue-green algae build-up being dangerous to outdoor swimmers. What is blue-green algae and will there be any in the water at the Great Swim?
The date of the Great North Swim has been chosen to avoid any peak periods in blue-green algae and we will be monitoring the water quality in the lead up to...
Thu, 24 Nov, 2022 at 12:49 PM