Hove Lawns, Brighton Beach.
Swim Round The Pier
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Swim Round the Pier is part of Paddle Round the Pier, Europe’s biggest beach and watersports festival, which runs every year on the beautiful venue of Hove Lawns – Brighton & Hove –both swims begin on Brighton beach between the iconic Palace and West Piers, in the heart of Brighton’s vibrant seafront area.
Swimmers will set off in waves according to their swim speed. You will be sent the time of your wave closer to the event. Registration will open 2 hours before each event.
The water temperature in the sea at Brighton in July can range between 14-16°C which will add to the challenge of this event. As for the air temperature for this time of year you can expect 18-22°C. Wetsuits are optional for both Saturday’s 2½KM Middle Distance Challenge Swim and Sunday’s 1¼KM Short Distance Fun Swim. Wetsuits are not allowed for Saturday’s 10KM Olympic Endurance Swim.
On the day there will be registration and bag drop tents. The Paddle Round the Pier Beach festival is now said to be the largest free beach festival in the world! The weekend features the very best in water, street & urban sports, live music, kids entertainment, ‘have a go’ opportunities and much more!
There is also a whole Paddle Village of exhibitions, water sport and beach lifestyle brands for you to explore après swim, which will certainly encourage you to stay all weekend and enjoy the unique atmosphere of the festival, including the world food courts, bars and music stages.
The kids are also well catered for with their own entertainment stage & exhibitions. So there really is something for everyone all right on our beautiful seafront where there are many excellent shops, cafés and restaurants all along the sea front as well as much entertainment and great places to stay.
Race entry includes an official event swim hat, event t-shirt and a free entry into a prize draw to win a free Brighton Open Water Swimming Training Day.
The 10 KM race will conform to the Channel Swimming & Piloting Federation.
No swimmer in a standard attempt to swim the Channel shall be permitted to use or wear any device or swimsuit that may aid his/her speed, buoyancy, heat retention or endurance (such as wetsuit, webbed gloves, paddles, fins, etc).
The swimmer is permitted to grease the body before a swim, use goggles and one hat. Nose clips and earplugs are permitted. Any kind of tape on the body is not permitted unless approved by the observer.
The swimmer may wear only one swimsuit in one or two pieces which shall not extend past the shoulder or below the knee.
All swimsuits shall be made from textile materials. Caps may not be made from neoprene or any other material which offers similar heat retention properties. Silicone or latex hats are permitted.
1.25KM Swim - Sunday 7th July, 1000
This fun swim is the finale of a great weekend of swimming events at the Paddle Round The Pier Beach Festival. It’s a great way for both experienced and inexperienced sea swimmers to complete a swim around Brighton’s iconic West Pier (conditions permitting).
It’s a challenging swim for the novice open water swimmer, but the views of the beach and sense of achievement are well worth the effort.
There is a maximum limit to the number of swimmers who can compete, ensure you get you registration in early to avoid disappointment.
Please note: On the day of the swim you will need to bring an additional pair of flip flops and a light warm jumper/fleece to walk to the start area which is located approximately 15minutes walk from the registration area at the Paddle Village. Your items will need to be collected once you have completed the swim and changed into dry clothing.
There are wetsuit and non-wetsuit race categories and the event is open only to persons 12 years and over.
There is no time limit for this event. You should be a good standard of swimmer and sea swimming experience is desirable though not essential. You must be able to swim 1KM in the sea or 2KM in the pool comfortably.
Experience: Good standard of swimmers only. Sea swimming experience although desirable is not essential.
We suggest that if you are new to sea swimming, you attempt the 1KM Short Distance Fun Swim this year.
2.5KM Swim - Saturday 6th July, 0930
Our classic 2½km event takes in the first lap of the 10km swim which starts at the same time. During the swim you will have a swimmers eye view of Hove Lawns and Hove’s classic seafront architecture.
There are wetsuit and non-wetsuit race categories and the event is open only to persons 14 years and over. To qualify for the non-wetsuit race categories, your swimwear must conform to English Channel Swimwear Rules (see below).
There is a 1¼ hour time limit for this event. Experienced sea swimmers only. You must be able to swim 3 KM in the sea comfortably.
There is a maximum limit to the number of swimmers who can compete, ensure you get you registration in early to avoid disapointment.
Experience: Experienced Sea Swimmers only. Wetsuit and non-wetsuit race.
10KM Swim - Saturday 6th July, 0930
This Olympic Distance event is one of only a few 10km sea swims taking place in 2013. This event is open only to experienced sea swimmers.
Competition for places is sure to be fierce as there is a strict maximum limit to the number of swimmers who can compete. Registration for this swim closes 10 days prior to the swim date.
This is a non-wetsuit event and open only to persons 16 years and over. Swimwear must conform to English Channel Swimwear Rules (see below).
There is a 3 hours 45 minute time limit for this event and hence only experienced open water swimmers will be accepted. This event is open only to experienced sea swimmers. You will need to provide proof that you have completed a non wetsuit open water swim of 5km or more in a similar temperature (=16°C) in the last two years. In addition you must be able to swim 10 KM in the sea comfortably come the day of the event.
You will be notified as to the success of your entry within 2 weeks of receipt of your application.
Experience: Very experienced Sea Swimmers only. Must be able to swim 10km in the sea comfortably. Non-Wetsuit swimmers only.