Salty Sea Dog Long Swim - June

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This wonderful sea swim is the first in a 3 race series along the Bournemouth coast. With carefully marked routes and a stunning coastline view, this event is one you won't want to miss. The cool open water is sure to cool you down in the summer heat. So don't hesitate, sign up today.
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Where and when
The Overstrand, Undercliff Dr, Boscombe, Bournemouth BH5 1BN, UK
Start times
10:00am Sat 4th Jun 2022
5k Long Swim:
10:30am Sat 4th Jun 2022
3.8k Long Swim:
10:40am Sat 4th Jun 2022
2.5k Long Swim:
Event summary
Here are the distances available for Salty Sea Dog Long Swim - June
3 Loops
£40 - £43.50
3 Loops
£35 - £38.50
2 Loops
£30 - £33.50
Route information
This event will be held at Boscombe beach and is a must for anyone looking for a slightly more challenging open water swim. This is the second race in a series of 3 Long Swim events over the summer season.
All 3 distances follow just 50m from the edge of the beach along the coastline, providing wonderful views of the shore throughout. The courses will be marked by buoys, with each course only requiring one lap. 2.5k swimmers turn at the first buoy, 3.8k at the second, and 5k at the third.
Event Rules
As part of the entry system to the event all participants agree to the following:
  • All swimmers will read and adhere to the 'Participant Event Information Pack'. (available to download from the organiser's web page approx 2 weeks pre-event date)
  • All swimmers must wear the issued swim hats during the course of the swim event
  • All swimmers must wear the issued swim tow float that holds the GPS tracking unit. This must be returned at the finish
  • Swimmers who have retired must not leave the event unless they have handed their tow float back to the finish staff
  • You may not enter someone else for the swim. Only the person participating in the swim is to complete the entry form and agree to the terms and conditions of the event
  • You may not transfer your entry to another person
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What's included
  • Chip-timed results
  • Highly visible course marker buoys
  • Swim hat
  • Tow float use
  • Water safety cover
  • Hot showers
  • Toilets
  • Male and female changing rooms
  • Finish cake and coke
  • Finisher's Medal available at an extra cost
How to get there
The Overstrand, Undercliff Dr, Boscombe, Bournemouth BH5 1BN, UK
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By Car
Boscombe Pier is situated just east of Bournemouth and can be accessed from the A338 and the A35.
There is parking available at the Overstrand, but please be aware of any fees or resections before attending the event.
By Train
Bournemouth Station is comfortable walking distance from the Pier.
Event day logistics
09:00 Long Swim registration opens
10:00 5k starts
10:30 3.8k starts
10:40 2.5k starts
Age Restrictions
You must be at least 16 years old to take part.
Cut-Off Times
  • 2.5km - 1hr 30mins
  • 3.8km - 1hr 50mins
  • 5km - 3 hours
Finisher's Medal
VOTWO's medals are wooden and locally made, and cost just £3.50 on top of the entry price. If you would like a high-quality finisher’s medal then please select the appropriate ticket when entering online.
Please collect from the registration desk on completion of your swim.
Spectator Info
Spectators can get a great view of the action either from the beach or from up on the cliff top. The Urban Reef Beach cafe has an excellent all-weather viewing area of the beach and swim course.
GPS tracking is also in place for this event, so your friends and family can follow your progress from home.
Do I have to wear a wetsuit in the Salty Sea Dog Long Swim - June?
Wetsuits are not required however those who swim without one accept the inherent risks involved. Please only choose to not wear a wetsuit if you are an experienced swimmer.
How will I receive my information pack for the Salty Sea Dog Long Swim – June?
The information pack is available to download from the Votwo website in the final two weeks before the event.
What happens if I miss a cut-off time for the Salty Sea Dog Long Swim – June?
Entrants who miss a cut-off time will be collected from the water and taken back to shore.
Are there any age restrictions for the Salty Sea Dog Long Swim – June?
You must be at least 16 years old to take part.
31 reviews
Did the race in 2022
At times somewhat of a Faulty Sea Dog Long Swim 2.5k June 22. Course changed due to rough sea which was a sensible and safe move with safety cover excellent. However original course map left on board which did confuse many but was explained on start line. Given high waves visibility of the four only buoys was near impossible and needed intermediate buoys to keep athletes in straight line. Was great to swim in the surf but questionable for weaker swimmers who got a good pounding from the waves. The electronic dipping timing system seemed backward technology compared to ankle/wrist automatic timing. The idea of GPS tracking for spectators was fab and very forward thinking - but not at an unexpected £5 surcharge on top of the relatively overpriced entry fee which certainly was not invested into the bargain basement dry cake selection and horrible cheap cola! (If only you knew what post race cakes are like up North...). It was good to see prize giving but athletes, their partners and family need clear and accurate information as to when the prize giving is to take place...otherwise most leave. The prize giving itself was a lovely touch to the day, however each ultra-fit race winner did receive a 1990’s prize..... a bottle of wine ;-)
Did the race in 2022
I really enjoyed this event. It is relatively small event (around 50 people per distance) so not too busy in the water which is a good thing for me. the water was real choppy, but that is no fault of the organiser, the swimmer just needs to be prepared for that. Also, I found it a little mean that we had to buy the finisher medal. I found this a little mean. The only thing I would like to see more of was a few more buoys in the water. This would make for easier sighting as we only had buoys at each turn, no buoys on route to ensure you were going in the right direction. Apart from this, it was a fantastic event. Just dont hold back on the finisher medal :D
Did the race in 2022
This was my first event since my knee op 6 months ago and with the conditions being a bit choppy i found it tough but so enjoyable. The event was very well organised with plenty of lifeguards in the water and on the shore. There was a relaxed and friendly atmosphere at the start, with refreshments and a shower at the finish, awesome, thank you 👍
Did the race in 2022
Fab day, tough course but well worth it. Great event, great fun
Did the race in 2022
Great location; friendly group; shame about the change in weather but still enjoyed the swim
Did the race in 2022
Really good race. Liked the way course was adapted for safety for one of the races - flexibility is good. Bit more pre-race info would have been good. E.g. info about bag drop, Beryl bike locations, tow float allowed etc.
Did the race in 2022
Sea was quite rough , which can’t be helped but higher or more frequent markers were needed
Did the race in 2022
Really well organised. Good comms from the organisers. Very welcoming, particularly for those who are new to sea swimming events, as I was.
Did the race in 2022
Great morning out. Water was really rough, but plenty of safety cover out on the course and good large buoys to sight from
Did the race in 2022
Really well organised, friendly team.
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