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News about the 2018 Great North Swim will be coming soon...!

Thank you for taking part in this year's Great North Swim. The weather over the weekend was challenging, but you and your supporters were all fantastic and kept smiling all day!

If you'd like to do it all again next year make sure you sign up to our reminder service and we'll send you an email as soon as entries open.


Great Swim Local

If you'd like to try an open water swim but you're not sure where to start, or you'd like tp keep up your training during the summer months, why not come along to our regular Great Swim Local events at Derwent Reservoir?

These weekly swims give you the chance to try your hand at open water swimming in a safe and friendly environment where you can aim for a PB, have a practice in your wetsuit or enjoy an open water swim with the family.

Everyone who signs up to Great Swim Local will receive a wristband for the season, which allows you to keep a track of your times.

If you're interested, all you need to do is register for your wristband online and pop along to any of the Wednesday, Friday or Saturday session.

Great Swim Local


Our friends at Marathon Photos were there on Friday and Saturday to capture you in action, and would like to offer you an exclusive discount of 30% off your photo downloads on your 2017 Great North Swim photos for a limited period of time.

This offer expires at midnight on Sunday 18 June, so don't miss out!



The latest issue of 220 Triathlon magazine has tested mid-to-high end wet suits and has scored the Aqua Sphere RACER 84%.
According to 220 Triathlon magazine: “The Racer by Aqua Sphere is the most affordable of the mid-to-high-end suits and we also think its the best looking here... the suit is more hard-wearing, so less likely to tear or snag.  In the water we were happy with the flexibility and the suit provided a comfortable can’t go far wrong with the Racer by Aqua Sphere.”   



Event location

On the day there will be plenty of things to see and do for spectators and swimmers. Take a look at some of the catering options that will be coming along to the Great North Swim this year to keep you refreshed and fuelled up:

Come and join us and make a day of it with the family - there are plenty of activities to keep everyone entertained, including; a climbing wall, Go Ape and more.

Don't forget, there will also be a number of stalls for you to browse, including:

Swim Secure, Selkie, Swimzi, Crewroom, Find a Physio, Love My Beach, Outdoor Swimmer magazine, Power Breather, Swim Beam, Clif Bar and a number of Farmers' Market stalls.


Event village

Windermere is England's largest lake at 10.5 miles long (17km), stretching from Ambleside in the North to Newby Bridge in the South.

Surrounded by some of the nation’s most spectacular natural scenery - the Lake District National Park - the Great North Swim is an inspiring outdoor swim. Family and friends can watch all the action from the banks of Windermere while enjoying food and drink from local vendors.

About Windermere

The Low Wood Bay Resort Hotel and Marina is proud to host the Great North Swim. We look forward to welcoming participants and supporters to the shore of Lake Windermere. For assistance before the event, telephone 08458 503 502 or visit



Great North Swim wetsuit announcement

British Swimming have confirmed that the below ruling will be in place for the Great North Swim which takes place on Sunday 11th June:

•    If the water temperature is below 18 degrees, all swimmers will be required to wear a wetsuit. 
•    If the water temperature exceeds 18 degrees, all swimmers will not be allowed to wear a wetsuit. 

The water temperature will be monitored over the weekend, with a final decision being made on the morning of the 11th June. 

Wetsuit policy

Advance notice regarding the application of technical rule for the Great North Swim Elite 5km Race, 11th June 2017:
All participants who have entered the Great North Swim please note that the technical rule on optional usage of neoprene wetsuits is currently being reviewed by British Swimming.  An announcement outlining the final decision will be made by the 26 May 2017. 

The Great North Swim will host the qualifying race for the 2017 World Open Water Championships & European Junior Open Water Championships. For specific qualification procedures & requirements please see: British Swimming Selection Policies

Elite female & male races will be held on Sunday 11 June at 3:45pm & 4:45pm respectively. In order to qualify for a complimentary elite entry into the elite races, you must meet the below entry criteria:

1500 m male (current 12 months ranking, Jan 2017) Time
Athletes born 2002 & 2003 (14 & 15 years) 17:47
Athletes born 2000 & 2001 (16 & 17 years) 17:05
Athletes born 1998 & 1999 (18 & 19 years) 16:43
Seniors, athletes born 1997 & older 16:21


800 m female (currents 12 months ranking, Jan 2017) Time
Athletes born 2002 & 2003 (14 & 15 years) 09:35
Athletes born 2000 & 2001 (16 & 17 years) 09:30
Athletes born 1998 & 1999 (18 & 19 years) 09:16
Seniors, athletes born 1997 & older 09:02


400m IM male (currents 12 months ranking, Jan 2017) Time
Athletes born 2002 & 2003 (14 & 15 years) 05:00
Athletes born 2000 & 2001 (16 & 17 years) 04:47
Athletes born 1998 & 1999 (18 & 19 years) 04:39
Seniors, athletes born 1997 & older 04:32


400m IM female (currents 12 months ranking, Jan 2017) Time
Athletes born 2002 & 2003 (14 & 15 years) 05:14
Athletes born 2000 & 2001 (16 & 17 years) 05:10
Athletes born 1998 & 1999 (18 & 19 years) 05:03
Seniors, athletes born 1997 & older 04:55
Entry Criteria

Additional Criteria:
Top 20 finish at any OW FINA event within the 2016/2017 season
Top 15 at any OW LEN event within the 2016/2017season

Consideration only will be given to:
Top 8 at any governing body sanctioned OW swimming international open race within the 2016/2017 season. Those who were/are invited or took part in the 2016 or 2017 National OW training camp. Both Elite fields are restricted to numbers so apply early to avoid disappointment. Email with details of qualifying performances, name, DOB & club.

The Elite Management reserves the right to refuse any entry whether an athlete meets criteria or not. This is a guide & does not guarantee elite entry into any Great Swim Event. Elite entries for all events will close 2 weeks before the event date. No entries will be accepted after this date.

Additional Criteria