Pre-Entry Questions

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
What is the closing date to enter?
Entries will close at 10am on the Thursday of the event weekend or when the event reaches capacity (whichever is sooner).
Wed, 8 Mar, 2023 at 9:18 AM
What is the age limit?
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...
Wed, 8 Mar, 2023 at 9:16 AM
Can I choose what day/time I swim?
We will have waves of swimmers taking part in the event throughout the weekend. The full timetable for the 2024 weekend will be posted online very soon.  W...
Thu, 16 Nov, 2023 at 2:28 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