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Salty Sea Dog Long Swim

Bournemouth, Dorset

Boscombe, Bournemouth, England, United Kingdom

Sat 8th July 2023

Starting at 09:00

3 races

£30.00 - £40.00

Organiser's Description

In its 11th year, the 2023 events will be held at Hengistbury Head and is a real must for anyone looking for a slightly more challenging open-water swim. This is a series of 2 Long Swim events over the summer season.


09:00 - Long Swim registration opens

10:00 - 5km Starts

10:30 - 3.8km Starts

10:40 - 2.5km Starts

The Salty Sea Dog Swims will take place near the Urban Reef – a funky and informal bar, café, deli and restaurant, serving fresh, seasonal and local food and drink.


  • 2.5km


    Booking for more than 1?
  • 3.8km


    Booking for more than 1?
  • 5km


    Booking for more than 1?


  • 2.5km


    Booking for more than 1?
  • 3.8km


    Booking for more than 1?
  • 5km


    Booking for more than 1?

What's Included

Chip timing

Highly visible course marker buoys

Swim hat

Water safety cover


Finish cake and coke


The Overstrand, Boscombe, BH5 1BN

Course Details

All 3 courses follow a counter-clockwise oblong course (as shown further down this page). Leave the large orange marker buoys to your left. The 5km lap is longer than the 2.5km/3.8km lap.

X 2 Laps for the 2.5km

X 3 Laps for the 3.8km

X 4 Laps for the 5km

Although the beach is well sheltered there may be a possibility of some surf conditions. Advice from the water safety team will be sought and if necessary the swim may be postponed. Any decision will be made with the swimmers best interest in mind. Any change of plan will be communicated via this web page, emails and social media.

cut off times

2.5km - 1hr 30mins

3.8km - 1hr 50mins

5km - 3 hours

Swimmers over these times will be collected from the water and returned to shore gracefully.

finishers medals

If you would like a high-quality finisher’s medal then please select order when entering online. These are made locally and are wooden.

Please collect from the registration desk on completion of our swim.

Votwo is aware that some people want medals and some people don't. We do not want to needlessly produce items that go to waste.

We will have limited spare medals on the day if wish to purchase them at the event.


Spectators can get a great view of the action either from the beach or from up on the clifftop. The Urban Reef Beach cafe has an excellent all-weather viewing area of the beach and swims course. Perfect for spectators and armchair sports enthusiasts!

event rules

As part of the entry system to the event all participants agree to the following:

All swimmers will read and adhere to the 'Participant Event Information Pack' (available to download from this event web page approx 2 weeks pre-event date)

All swimmers must wear the issued swim hat during the course of the swim event

All swimmers must wear the issued timing chip and return this at the finish

Swimmers who have retired must not leave the event unless they have handed their timing chip in at the finish

You may not enter someone else for the swim. Only the person participating in the swim is to complete the entry form and agree to the terms and conditions of the event

You may not transfer your entry to another person

refunds/ transfer

Please ensure you read and agree to the Votwo events terms and conditions when you enter the event. In brief, the refund policy is as follows:

Any event entry cancellation received by email to [email protected] more than 14 days prior to the event date will receive a 50% refund or transfer of entry fee towards another votwo event (£5 transfer fee applies).

Only emailed cancellations are acceptable. Cancellations made in the 14 days prior to the event start date will not be eligible for any refund or transfer.

For full Votwo T&C's please click here.


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2 reviews


·9 months ago

I did the Salty Dog swim on the 6th August, very good in all aspects of briefing and organisation. My only gripe is that I found sighting extremely difficult due to the distance between the bouy’s hard to locate.

·11 months ago

The race was very difficult, the weather didn't help at all ! Very challenging conditions, but the organization was spot on with toilets and changing room / showers available onsite, refreshments and cakes at the end were very welcome, and the smiles on the people's face priceless. One thing could have helped with the swim, more buoys to mark the course as from one end I couldn't see at all where the buoys at the other end were.

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Adam Rossiter


Bournemouth, Dorset

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