Entry Queries

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 Swim Series is for swimmers of all abilities. Most people taking part will not have swum in the outdoors before, so you won’t be alone! Th...
Thu, 21 Oct, 2021 at 9:49 AM
What happens if I can't swim the distance?
Great Swim’s aim is to motivate people of all swimming abilities to get active and enjoy the experience of outdoor swimming in a safe environment. You s...
Thu, 21 Oct, 2021 at 9:49 AM
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, 21 Oct, 2021 at 9:50 AM
Can swimmers with a disability take part?
For safety reasons the Great Swim features dry-land sections at the start and finish of the course so may not be suitable for all swimmers. If you would...
Thu, 21 Oct, 2021 at 9:50 AM
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, 21 Oct, 2021 at 9:50 AM
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 dates of the Great Swim events have been chosen to avoid any peak periods in blue-green algae and we will be monitoring the water quality in the lead up...
Thu, 21 Oct, 2021 at 9:50 AM