Get down to the Jurassic Coast for this scenic point to point sea swim. Choose a 1.2 or 2.4 mile swim both running parallel to the beach, which spectators can follow alongside the whole way. Come down for those all important new event swim caps and finisher's medals.
How to enter the Swim the Bay
Swim the Bay routes
The Full 2.4 mile starts at Bowleaze Coveway, while the Half 1.2 mile starts next to the groyne facing Lodmoor Country Park. Both exit the sea just along from the Pier, finishing on the beach.
Full Medical Support
Prizes and Trophies
Finish Line Feed Station
Event Swim Cap
Transfer to Swim Start
From 07:30 on race day, the cafe will be open where you can purchase food and drinks before the race.
Both races begin at 08:30.
Wetsuits are compulsory for all swimmers.
If you have sea swimming experience and would prefer to compete without a wetsuit, please contact [email protected] listing your history and recent races. Each individual request will be adjudged on merit. All approved swimmers will need to compete with a tow float. If you do not seek prior approval, you must wear a wetsuit.
This race is ideal to spectate, as you're able to follow each race in its entirety along the coast, not to mention stop off a the multiple cafes en route.
Frequently Asked Questions
Is Swim the Bay a wetsuit mandatory event?
Yes, although experienced open water swimmers can contact the organiser directly to request competing without.
What is the minimum entry age for Swim the Bay?
The minimum age to compete is 18 years.
Is there a cut-off time for Swim the Bay?
For the Full Bay (2.4 mile), there is an interim halfway cutoff time of 1 hour 10 minutes
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