great north swim 2019

The Great North Swim 2019 – how you can get involved

The Great North Swim is back for another year and is set to be an even bigger hit than last year! To improve the experience for everyone, this year, swimmer’s will be asked to pick the distance they want to swim and their time slot to make the event run smoothly and limit the amount of people in the water.

The Great North Swim is the largest open-water swimming event in Europe and will be taking place in Brockhole on Windermere at the Lake District. It’ll be a weekend-long event, starting on Friday 7th June and ending Sunday 9th June.

This swim is great event for swimmers of all levels with distances ranging from half a mile to 10K. Still think this sounds like a bit much? The Great North Swim are re-introducing their Swim250 event from last year, where you’ll only be swimming 250 meters (10 laps of a 25 metre pool). So, if you’ve been wanting to take part in an open-water swim but are worried about long distances, this is a great way to test the waters.

Anyone over 8 years old can take part in the Swim250 event, and is a very popular choice for families. Those between the ages of 8 and 12 need to be accompanied by an adult and those aged over 13 can do the swim alone.

There’s no need to worry when taking part in the swim, as there will be lifeguards, safety kayakers and boats monitoring you all the way round. So, if you feel like you need a breather or are struggling, help will never be far away.

Want to take part in the Great North Swim this year? Click here to buy tickets.