16 June 2019
enter early next year to guarantee your place in the longest distance open water swimming event in the South West.
Dartmoor Open Water Swim: 10km / 5km / 2.5km
Building on the success of our sister event, the Exmoor Open Water Swim, our goal is to give to everyone the opportunity to swim in this beautiful lake on the edge of Dartmoor National Park – but this time, we are going long!
Based on a single 5km loop, the course takes swimmers to the top of the lake and back. The 5km route will push those looking for a longer challenge (beyond our 4km swim on Exmoor) and to complete the “half marathon” equivalent of swimming.
For those wanting to take on the swimming equivalent of a “full marathon”, the 10km route has swimmers completing two loops of the lake – a truly special achievement in this stunning location.
This is an event for everyone, with swimmers who either have confined their swims to pools or have yet to face the longer distances, having the option of a half loop (2.5km) swim. This will hopefully result in 2.5km swimmers returning to take on one of our longer courses in Exmoor or Dartmoor next year!
Check out the film from the 2017 Exmoor Open Water Swim!
Why the environmental focus to this year’s event?
With an increasing recognition of the environmental challenges that we are facing, we have teamed up with The Pickwell Foundation to encourage greater consideration for the environment as an event, and for the competitors taking part. In addition to recycling and zero single-use plastic containers at the event, we will be looking to minimise our impacts through supplier choice, snacks available and prizes. In recognition of our improvements as a business, we are proud to have been awarded Plastic Free Business status by Surfers Against Sewage as part of their Plastic Free Communities campaign.
We have also teamed up with Stop Micro Waste! GUPPYRIEND microfilter washing bags. Visit their website to see how you can cut down your micro plastic pollution when washing your sports kit and other clothing.
We can all do our part!
Our sponsor, Zoggs, has also developed a new range of swimwear this year, Ecolast™, which begins its life as plastic waste which would otherwise cause damage to our planet, oceans and marine life. They are also working to ensure 100% of their goggle packaging is sustainable by 2020.