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Swim Long Boscombe

Bournemouth, Dorset

BH5 1BN Boscombe Promenade, Bournemouth, United Kingdom

Sat 11th September 2021

2 races

£35.00 - £45.00


In these uncertain times, Votwo wants you to book your 2021 event with confidence*.

We will implement any actions required by government guidance in order to hold the event safely. If in 2021 the event is stopped by national or local lockdown then all entrants will be notified immediately and given the two below options:

Transfer to a rearranged postponed date or next similar event. You will be given a code to enter the relevant event online

Receive a 90% refund on your entry fee. The 10% goes some way to help with unrecoverable losses

Please email [email protected] with which option you would like. The cut off for letting us know is two weeks after the planned/canceled event. Emails received after this cut off will not be actioned and no transfer or refund will be made

*applies to new bookings made after the 01.12.2020.

votwo events has provided covid-19 safety information for this event.

Organiser's Description

The Swim Long event is a GPS tracked point to point sea swim. The route is a simple traverse along the seafront to Hengistbury Head (and back). Swimmer's handrail the beach by 10 meters. Each swimmer is issued a tow float that carries their GPS tracker and acts as an emergency buoyancy aid should it be required. Supporters, friends, and family can accurately track the swimmers as they move along the course. The swims start at Boscombe pier and are an out and backs. Drink stations will be present at the turn points. Please see the 'event information pack' for more details.


  • 5k


  • 10k




  • 5k


  • 10k



What's Included

GPS Live event tracking

Water safety craft

Hot showers and changing areas


Event medic

Drinks and feed stations on course

Baggage storage in the registration tent

Finishers medals to be ordered when booking

Event t-shirts / hooded tops to be ordered when booking

  • Challenging Sea Swim off Boscombe Beach


Local parking. On street or Council Pay and Display


The Overstrand, Boscombe, BH5 1BN

Course Details

The Swim Long event is a self-navigation, GPS tracked adventure swim. Swimmers use the event issued tow floats that house the GPS units and provide emergency buoyancy should it be required.

Navigation is relatively easy and swimmers are to handrail the coastline by approx 10 meters. The swimmers are monitored by Geo Tracks at the event HQ, water safety craft and beach spotters who will patrol the swim course. Only experienced swimmers who are confident of completing the distance should enter.

Pre-event information pack

The 2021 event information pack will be emailed to all participants two weeks before the events. It is a condition of entry to this event that you participate according to the instructions in the event information. We do not post out information.


06:30 Registration opens (Boscombe seafront)

07:00 Rolling start for 10km

07:45 Rolling start for 5km

GPS Tracking and tow floats

Each swimmer will be issued a GPS Tracker at event registration. The tracker will be placed inside an inflated swim tow float. The tow float is then attached by the swimmer to their waist via the waist strap. Swimmers can be tracked by visiting the following the below links. Tracker icons will appear on the live view tracking map 5 mins before the start of the event.


Votwo has successfully organised long-distance open water swimming events from Boscombe seafront for a number of years. The prevailing weather conditions in early September are normally very acceptable for sea swimming. However... swimmer safety is paramount and the swim will be postponed or canceled if the predicted or actual sea state falls outside of the event safety parameters. The event director will keep entrants updated in the lead up to the event by email and post on Votwo Facebook page. All entrants are to read the terms and conditions to the entry of the event before entering!

Cut off times

10km - 4hr 30mins

5km - 2hr 20mins

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


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