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Tour Highlights

  • Compete in the annual 1.5 km 'Swim Round The Pier' which takes place on 07 July 2018

  • Join the worlds biggest beach festival for charity Paddle Round The Pier!

  • Enjoy a truly unique experience swim around the iconic remains of the West Pier

  • Meet and swap stories with fellow open water swimmers from all over the UK

SwimTrek presents the 1.5km Swim Round the Pier in conjunction with Paddle Round the Pier Festival. Please join us in celebrating over 20 years of Paddle Round the Pier!

This iconic Brighton swim is part of the world-famous Paddle Round the Pier Festival which takes place on Hove Lawns every July. It is a linear 1.5 km swim around the iconic skeleton of the West Pier, past the i360 and finishing on beach in the middle of the Paddle Village. We believe this swim is a great opportunity for both experienced and inexperienced sea swimmers as well as earning you bragging rights to completing a swim around Brighton’s most iconic Pier, giving you a swimmers’ view of Hove’s classic seafront architecture!

There will be both wetsuit and non-wetsuit categories for both males and females.

We look forward to seeing you in the water!


Who is this trip for?

All abilities are welcome on this swim. Conditions during the event may be challenging and swimmers should have a good understanding of open water swimming. They should be capable of swimming 1½ km in the open water and be comfortable swimming in choppy waters and currents prior to the start of the trip.


What's included?

  • Entry into the annual Swim Around The Pier
  • Full safety escort on all swims
  • Swim hat and goody bag


Daily Itineraries

Please note that the below itinerary is subject to change.

Swim Schedule

Swim Registration

Day & Date Meeting Time
Saturday 07 July 2018 08:30

Swim Details: 10:30am on Saturday 7th July 2018 (with contingency of 10.30am on Sunday 8th July in case of unsuitable conditions)

On Day Check-In and Bag Drop: You must check-in prior to your swim at the Swimtrek stand in Paddle Village between 8.30am and 9.15am. You will be issued with your swim hat here. A bag drop will also be available here. All belongings and valuables are left at your own risk.

Swim Start: You must assemble at the swim start 20 minutes prior to the start time. The swim start is approximately a 25 minute walk away from Paddle Village in front of Brighton Sailing Club just to the east of the derelict West Pier. We recommend that you wear a light jumper and a pair of flip flops which you can leave on the beach in the cordoned area. These will be returned to the finish area on the beach in front of Paddle Village.

Swim Route: The route is from the beach in front of Brighton Sailing Club, around the derelict West Pier and finishing on the beach in the middle of Paddle Village. Please note, submerged structures litter the area around the West Pier so it is vital to listen to the safety briefing.

Post Swim

After the swim, why don’t you plan to stay on and enjoy the unique atmosphere at this wonderful weekend festival (repeatedly quoted as one of the best days out in the UK) and previously voted 'Best Festival' at the Brighton and Hove Business Awards in spite of exceptionally stiff competition.

Paddle features the very best in water, street and urban sports, live music, kids entertainment, ‘have a go’ opportunities, world food courts and much more! There is also a whole Paddle Village of exhibitions, water sports and beach lifestyle brands for you to explore après swim.

Please see the highlights of last year here.

We look forward to seeing you in the water!

Event Schedule

Start Point: 08:30, Paddle Village, Hove, BN3 2FR

Start Date: 07 July 2018

Finish Point: Paddle Village, Hove, BN3 2FR

Finish Date: 07 July 2018

Event Information

Equipment Checklist

In addition to your daily non-swimming clothes, we also recommend that you bring the following items:

Item Item
Swimming Costume (x1) Waterproof Sun Cream
Swimming Goggles* (x2) Towel
Bag to contain your clothes Wetsuit
Sunhat and Sunglasses Flip Flops

*Try to bring one clear lens and one tinted lens for different light conditions.

Water Temperature

Month Water Temperature Air Temperature
July 14-16°C 18-22°C

*Please note that these temperatures are indicative and should be used as a guide only.

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. The air temperature for this time of year is approximately 18 - 22°C. There are both wetsuit and non-wetsuit categories, swimmers can decide on the day which category they would like to participate in. If it is unsuitably cold, organisers do have the right to require all competitors to wear a suitable wetsuit, so it is advised you bring this with you.

Swim Entry

Please see the table below for the entry fees into the 2018 Swim Round The Pier:

Price Per Person Deadline
£20 Early Bird Special Until midnight on Sunday 25th March 2018
£25 Standard Entry Fee Until midnight on Sunday 17th June 2018
£30 Late Entry Fee Until midnight on Wednesday 29th June 2018

For any enquiries about your booking please contact Ben on events@swimtrek.com

Longer swim

If you fancy a longer swim, there is also the "2.5 km Palace To Paddle Swim" later on at Paddle Festival which is run by our friends Brighton Tri Club. This is another fun sea swim that is approximately 2.5 km and goes round Palace Pier to Paddle Village. More details available on thier website.

Registration

To enter this swim, you must register on-line in advance of the event as numbers are capped to ensure a sufficient level of safety cover. After registering your entry on-line, full details with final arrangements will be emailed to you approximately one week prior to Paddle weekend. Please note, all swimmers will need to check-in on the day at the SwimTrek stand in the Paddle Village, where course and safety briefing will be conducted on the beach by the tart line.

Substitutions can be made via the entry system up to 17:00 on Friday 4th July. There is an additional £10 processing fee for each substitution.

Please note that the minimum age for entry is 12 years old. Upon completing the Paddle booking with SwimTrek you will have to confirm that all guests on the booking will be 18 years or over at the beginning of this trip - Please tick and ignore this check box as this is not applicable to this event.

Pre-Event Swimmer Briefing Pack (Compulsory)

We require a signed swimmer briefing form prior to the swim. Upon completing your booking, please make sure you read and sign the swimmers briefing pack and upload this to you SwimTrek profile.

Timings

Day & Date Meeting Time
Saturday 07 July 2018 08:30
Saturday 07 July 2018 10:30

Swim Route: The route is from the beach in front of Brighton Sailing Club, around the derelict West Pier and finishing on the beach in the middle of Paddle Village. Please note, submerged structures litter the area around the West Pier so it is vital to listen to the safety briefing.

Check-in will open at 08:30 at the Swimtrek tent in Paddle Village and close at 09:15 promptly, please arrive in good time. Please bear in mind that after registration there is a 20 minute walk to the start point of the swim (50m east of the British Airways i360 and the majestic skeleton frame of the West Pier), the postcode if needed is BN1 2FN. On the day there will be a bag drop facility available at the SwimTrek tent before the swim at the Paddle Village.

Valuables will be left at your own risk and Paddle and SwimTrek cannot accept any liability for lost or damaged items. We recommend bringing a pair of flip flops and a light top that can be worn to the start point on the beach. These will be bundled up and returned to the finish gantry on the beach at Paddle Village at the end of the swim.

Time Limit

The maximum time limit for the swim is 1 hour.

Contingency Swim Arrangements

If the weather or sea conditions make it unsuitable to hold the event on Saturday 07 July, we will make every effort to reschedule to Sunday 08 July, 10:30. Please keep this in mind when booking your return travel from Brighton.

The safety of our swimmers is our number one priority. An event like this is somewhat at the mercy of the elements, with this in mind organisers reserve the right to vary the course if necessary. In the unlikely event that both the scheduled swim and the Sunday back-up slot are cancelled by the event organisers (due to sea conditions being too unstable), a 50% refund will be given to entrants.

SwimTrek reserve the right to change/substitute/shorten the course at the event if there is bad weather, this is to ensure that the event runs safely. In the case of both the Saturday event and the backup event scheduled for the Sunday being cancelled, SwimTrek will provide a 50% refund of entry fees. Refunds are not possible in other circumstances.

Swim Saftey

By entering this event you explicitly agree that you understand that while the event will provide safety cover and support, SwimTrek and Paddle Round the Pier do not take responsibility for your safety and well-being in the water; you hold that responsibility at all times.

Post Swim Celebrations

After the swim, why don’t you plan to stay on and enjoy the unique atmosphere at this wonderful weekend festival (repeatedly suggested as one of the best days out in the UK) and previously voted 'Best Festival' at the Brighton and Hove Business Awards in spite of exceptionally stiff competition.

Paddle features the very best in water, street and urban sports, live music, kids entertainment, ‘have a go’ opportunities, world food courts and much more! There is also a whole Paddle Village of exhibitions, water sports and beach lifestyle brands for you to explore après swim.

Terms and Conditions of Entry

You understand that open water swimming is potentially hazardous, and you should not enter and participate unless you are medically able and properly trained.

It is your responsibility to make sure you are medically fit and capable of taking part in the whole of the Event. We reserve the right, in our absolute discretion, to stop any swimmer from taking part if we deem him or her unfit to take part, including mid-event removal from the water where necessary.

If you do not give us full details of any medical or physical problem or disability at the time of booking and/or promptly inform us of any adverse change to or a new medical or physical problem or disability that arises after booking, then we can cancel the booking when we find out the full details if, in our reasonable opinion, the swim is not suitable for the individual in question. In such circumstances we shall not be liable for any losses or compensation arising.

We will need full details from you of any illness, medication currently being taken, known medical conditions and allergies. This information is required purely to assist in the case of an emergency and will otherwise be kept strictly confidential.

We strongly recommended that you train for the event and prepare for the challenge.

By entering this race, you explicitly agree that you understand that whilst the event will provide safety cover and support, SwimTrek and Paddle Round the Pier do not take responsibility for your safety and well-being in the water; you hold that responsibility at all times. Please do not swim if you are feeling unwell or under-par on the day of the event.

By completing your booking an account is created using your email address, so that:

  • we can confirm your booking and payments via email
  • keep in contact with you in the time leading up to this event
  • keep your details on record to make future bookings more straightforward for you
  • manage your booking (make changes, pay your balance, etc.)
  • share photos and results from the event

Refund policy

SwimTrek reserves the right to change/substitute/shorten the course at the event if there is bad weather. This is to ensure that the event runs safely. In the case of both the Saturday event and the back-up event scheduled for the Sunday being cancelled, Brighton Tri Club will provide an automatic 50% refund of entry fees. Refunds are not possible in other circumstances.

  • A very memorable swim which I would recommend to others.

    Eden P. UK - 2017
  • This has been one of my favourite swims to do. The water was beautiful and it was really great to make it it to the finish. I met some really interesting and inspiring people also, which made the trip even more memorable.

    Holdaway B - 2017
  • Exceeded expectations - truly memorable swim!

    Chan B. UK - 2017

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