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Dock2Dock Swim

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Dock2Dock is making a splash with this open water event right in the heart of London's East End. A perfect challenge for those with open water training, the Dock2Dock race offers 4 distances to suit open water swimmers of all abilities, starting from the Royal Victoria Docks.

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How to enter

Tickets available until Fri Sep 03 2021

What's included:

  • Swim cap
  • On-course safety
  • Race timing
  • Feed stations
  • Post-race refreshments
  • Finisher's pack
  • Official event photography
  • Bag drop
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10k
7:30am Sat 4th Sep 2021

Swim 10km

5k
7:30am Sat 4th Sep 2021

Swim 5km

1.5k (21 Years & Over)
7:30am Sat 4th Sep 2021

Swim 1.5km

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What people think
4.0
5 reviews
Paul
Star
5.0
Did the 10k in 2020
Was a vastly improved event in 2020 in terms of organisation and given the circumstances the atmosphere was excellent. Given COVID requirements it was perfectly organised.… read more
Shirley S
Star
4.7
Did the 1.5k (21 Years & Over) in 2019
I had a great swim and everyone was friendly and talked to me. The swimming was lovely and wish I could go a longer distance.. great surroundings and a very happy day.. Would like to do it again... check out my website..http://coldselkie.com… read more
LM
Star
1.7
Did the 1.5k (21 Years & Over) in 2019
Absolutely shocking organisation... ran late by an hour, changed the course just before we got in the water without informing the staff and no decent explanation of the course... … read more
Frequently asked questions
FAQ
How do I enter the 15k event?
All participants who would like to enter the 15k swim must have completed the Dock2Dock in 2019 or 2020 in under 4 hours. If you meet this qualification please email [email protected] to validate your entry and receive the password to enter. There will also be a limited amount of 'wildcard' entries available to swimmers who have completed another 10k event in 2019 or 2020 in under 4 hours. Official resutls must be provided to the event organiser for validation.… read more
FAQ
Will I be able to purchase a NOWCA safety wristband on the day of the Dock2Dock swim?
No, this must be done beforehand. If you do not already have a valid wristband, you can sign up here: https://kscan.co/customer/register?org=nowca, no later than 14 days before the event date.… read more
FAQ
Can I collect my tow float on the morning of the Dock2Dock swim?
Yes, training with the tow float before the race is recommended. That being said, if you are unable to collect the float prior to race day, they will be available for collection on race morning. … read more
Route description
Route description

The Dock2Dock offers a range of distances to suit open water swimmers of all abilities, however, this is a challenging event and is not suitable for swimmers without some open water training.

The Dock2Dock Race will operate using the NOWCA safety system offering all competitors a safe and enjoyable race.

  • 1.5k: This will be a one loop course held in Royal Victoria Dock
  • 5k: This will be a one loop course, starting in Royal Victoria Dock, with the turnaround in Royal Albert Dock.
  • 10k: 10k swimmers will swim the 5k course twice
  • 15k: 15k swimmers will swim the 5k course three times
Paul
Star
5.0
Did the 10k in 2020
Was a vastly improved event in 2020 in terms of organisation and given the circumstances the atmosphere was excellent. Given COVID requirements it was perfectly organised.
Shirley S
Star
4.7
Did the 1.5k (21 Years & Over) in 2019
I had a great swim and everyone was friendly and talked to me. The swimming was lovely and wish I could go a longer distance.. great surroundings and a very happy day.. Would like to do it again... check out my website..http://coldselkie.com
LM
Star
1.7
Did the 1.5k (21 Years & Over) in 2019
Absolutely shocking organisation... ran late by an hour, changed the course just before we got in the water without informing the staff and no decent explanation of the course...
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4.0
Did the 1.5k (21 Years & Over) in 2019
The event was a great time and was well organised. The markers in the water worked well and were encouraging to me on the long swim. The water was perfect for not having a wetsuit on.See my website.http:// coldselkie.comShirley Sides
Paul
Star
4.7
Did the 5k in 2018
Iconic Event, great challenging swim, especially if there is a bit of wind. Super clean water and a great spirit.
4.0
5 reviews
Logistics and schedule

Schedule:

06:45 15km participants arriving onsite

07:30 All events start

*Each event will have a rolling start with 2-3 swimmers entering the water at one time.

The 15k race will have a mass start.

NOWCA Safety Wristband:

All competitors must now have a valid NOWCA safety wristband and wear this on the day. If you competed in the 2019 event or regularly swim at a NOWCA venue then you will already have a wristband and just need to check that it is valid on the day of the event. (ie. you’ve paid your yearly fee of £12).

If you do not already have a band, you must purchase one by creating an account here: https://kscan.co/customer/register?org=nowca.

You can select a NOWCA venue near you to collect your band. If you wish to collect on the day, be sure to choose LONDON ROYAL DOCKS as your pick-up location. The earlier you get your wristband, the sooner you can join a session at a NOWCA venue around the country.

Please note, completing your registration will NOT automatically register you for a wristband. This must be done by following the instructions above.

YOU MUST PURCHASE YOUR NOWCA SAFETY WRISTBAND AT LEAST 14 DAYS PRIOR TO THE EVENT DATE.

Cut-Off Times

Provisional Cut-off times are as follows:

  • 1.5k - 1.5 hours
  • 5k - 5 hours
  • 10k - 5.5 hours
  • 15k - 6.5 hours
Spectators

One of the great benefits of this event is the many vantage points it provides for spectators.

There is a walkway nearly the entire length of the Dock with a number of cafes and restaurants in the vicinity of the Swimmers Village.

How to get there

Dock Rd, Royal Docks, London E16 1AH, UK

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Address: Love Open Water, London Royal Docks E16 1AH

London’s Dock2Dock Swim is on the waterfront at the western end of the Royal Victoria Docks in East London and is well served by public transport.

Frequently asked questions
FAQ
How do I enter the 15k event?
All participants who would like to enter the 15k swim must have completed the Dock2Dock in 2019 or 2020 in under 4 hours. If you meet this qualification please email [email protected] to validate your entry and receive the password to enter. There will also be a limited amount of 'wildcard' entries available to swimmers who have completed another 10k event in 2019 or 2020 in under 4 hours. Official resutls must be provided to the event organiser for validation.
FAQ
Will I be able to purchase a NOWCA safety wristband on the day of the Dock2Dock swim?
No, this must be done beforehand. If you do not already have a valid wristband, you can sign up here: https://kscan.co/customer/register?org=nowca, no later than 14 days before the event date.
FAQ
Can I collect my tow float on the morning of the Dock2Dock swim?
Yes, training with the tow float before the race is recommended. That being said, if you are unable to collect the float prior to race day, they will be available for collection on race morning.
FAQ
Will there be a bag drop at the Dock2Dock swim?
Yes, there will be a bag drop available, as well as a nutrition bag drop for 10k and 15k to be taken to the feed stations.
FAQ
What are the age requirements to enter?
For the 15k, 10K, and 5K swimmers must be 16 & over, for the 1.5K swimmers must be 12 & over. Anyone between between the age of 12-16 will require written parental permission, must wear a wetsuit, and use a tow float.
FAQ
What are the COVID-19 safety measures that have been put in place for the Dock2Dock Swim?
The Dock2Dock swim will include staggered registration times, rolling starts and start windows, open air changing bays, strict feed station protocols as well as social distancing and sanitation stations.
Booking related questionsDo you have a question about bookings, cancellations, or refunds?
10k
7:30am Sat 4th Sep 2021
5k
7:30am Sat 4th Sep 2021
1.5k (21 Years & Over)
7:30am Sat 4th Sep 2021
15k
7:30am Sat 4th Sep 2021
1.5k Junior (12-20 Years Old)
7:30am Sat 4th Sep 2021

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