Click on a category to be taken to the explanation

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Eat a banana in the water!

...a la Ross Edgley

Inspired by Ross Edgley and his swim around Great Britain #bananatally

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Create GPS 'ART' with your swim

Don't let the runners have all the fun!

PRIZE ALERT!

Sponsored by Western cycle! Let’s see your best art work for a chance at a Blueseventy day pack filled will all the swimming goodies! 

Wedding Cake

Finish your swim with tea & cake

Like the good folks in England do!

What's your favourite?! Let's see a snap!

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Sunrise or Sunset Swim

A beautiful way to start or end your day!

... and we'd love to see your pictures

Dive

Skinny Dip!

Are you brave enough?!

Please don't break any laws! And don't feel the need to post to social media if you aren't comfortable! 

Turns out there is a wiki-how that offers step-by-step instructions!

Here is another article with some practical tips! 

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Swim with a... Friend

Your best bud! 

Swimmy pals are the best pals! 

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Swim with a... relative

Note: they can also crew/provide safety cover

Your favourite family member!

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Swim with a... pet

Note: they can also crew/provide safety cover

Let's see your furry/scaly/hairy pals! The most fun kind of swimming buddy!

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Swim with a...Newbie

Introduce someone to the open water!

Or perhaps just find someone you've never swam with before. Make a new pal and experience the feeling of open water bliss with someone new!

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Swim with a... love interest

Oh la la!

A good way to spend time with a loved one... or break the ice with someone new!

They can also crew/provide safety cover/paddle if they aren't a swimmer!

Please note that on the BINGO card this is beside skinny dip for a reason ;)

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1 kilometre

short & sweet

PRIZE ALERT!

Go FAST! Wetsuit & non-wetsuit divisions. Prizes for the fastest folks!

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1 mile

King Island is already pre-measured!

Go fast! Lets see what you got! 

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Swim wearing a crown

...and please take a snap!

Let's see all the swimming royalty!

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3.8km

...are you an iron-person?!

Yeah, you are!

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5km

In fact, your BETTER than an iron-person!

You're titanium!

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1 kilometre... sans wetsuit

... the English Channel way

True open water swimmers won't wear wetsuits... at any temperature! It's true, check out the ice mile if you have any doubts!

Note: PLEASE don't put yourself in any danger of hypothermia. See the following for a list of open water resources:

Outdoor Swimmer: Open water safety

Outdoor swimmer: Am I safe?

Lone Swimmer: Understanding hypothermia

Active: Signs of hypothermia

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1 mile... sans wetsuit

... and the North Channel way

True open water swimmers won't wear wetsuits... at any temperature! It's true, check out the ice mile if you have any doubts!

Note: PLEASE don't put yourself in any danger of hypothermia. See the following for a list of open water resources:

Outdoor Swimmer: Open water safety

Outdoor swimmer: Am I safe?

Lone Swimmer: Understanding hypothermia

Active: Signs of hypothermia

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Do a 'double'

Twice the fun!

Also known as a "two-a-day", swim twice in one day. At least 1kilometre each, separated by at least 1 hour.

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Tethered swim

...the COVID-19 special

When public pools and beaches were closed, a large number of swimmers got inventive and tried tethered swimming

Tip: use a swim snorkel... it will be a lot easier! 

Note: An endless pool would also count! 

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Longest swim

Let's see what you got!

Go long & challenge yourself!

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Swim somewhere brand new

...explore!

Just make sure to check out local regulations & know the water conditions before you hop in. 

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Swim at night

... it's absolutely stunning.

Safety: 

  • Use a beacon & glow stick for increased visibility 

  • Swim parallel to shore and know your route

  • Don’t go alone!

  • Go during a full moon, if possible (it’s gorgeous and will provide a surprising amount of light)

Here are a few resources to help you prepare:

Open water swimming: Light up the night

Arena water instinct: Night-swimming

Outdoor Revival: safety tips

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Point-to-point

...the ultimate adventure!

PRIZE ALERT!

Share your adventure with us on social media (or email us) for a chance to win a Wild Swim Bag sponsored by SwimSecure UK

Safety: 

  • Make sure you plan your route & carry the necessary navigation equipment (if needed). 

  • Tip: use a towbuoy/swim bag (the Wild swim bag is PERFECT) if you’ll be walking back to your start point!

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Swim in the rain

You're wet anyways!

Safety: 

  • Regarding storms: If you can see it, if you can hear it… CLEAR IT! (aka- get out of the water!)

  • If the rain is heavy enough to impair visibility, opt for another day!

  • Depending on where you are swimming, heavy rain can wash deposits into the water. In that case, please avoid!

Tips for swimming in the rain here!

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Do A swimrun

SwimRun is a sport originating in the Swedish archipelago... born out of a drunken bet! Teams of two alternate swimming and running (for this challenge it must be a minimum of 1km each throughout the whole workout) between trail and water without stopping in between. You can bring/wear whatever you want (think pull buoy, paddles, wetsuit, shoes, etc.) but you must carry it with you the entire time. 

  • Note that traditional SwimRun races make a whistle & towbuoy mandatory... something we agree with! 

  • Read more here: Love SwimRun

  • Tips for swimmers at Outdoor Swimmer Magazine

  • Learn from the original: OTILLO