It is a 4km single loop course. You can do a 1/2 loop (2km), 1 loop (4km) or 2 loops (8km).
How much does it cost to enter?
2km – early bird price: £37 (£40 standard price)
4km – early bird price: £37 (£40 standard price)
8km – early bird price: £59 (£65 standard price)
What date is the event?
Sunday 16 June 2019
What is the Address?
Roadford Lake, Activity Centre, Lower Goodacre, Broadwoodwidger, Lifton, Devon, PL16 0JL
What time is registration?
Registration will open 1 hour before the start of the first wave (provisional first wave at 08:15)
What time is the event briefing?
There will briefing for each distance approx. 15 minutes before the start time of the distance.
What time does the event start?
The provisional start time for the 8km is 08:15. The 4km swimmers will start around 9:00, with the 2km swimmers starting after the 4km swimmers are underway.
Will there be drink stations on the lake?
There will be a hot/cold drink and a snack waiting for all swimmers at the finish line. The 8km swimmers will have access to water/snacks after the first loop of the 4km course. There will not be additional drinks on the course unless there are extreme weather conditions.
What is the age limit for participants?
You need to be 17 by 31st December 2019. Swimmers under 18 need written permission from a parent or guardian. There is an opportunity for younger swimmers, affiliated to a recognised club with open water swimming experience, to take part but you must email the organisers via firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange entry.
What is the age limit for volunteers?
You need to be 16 by the event date. Volunteers under 18 will need written permission from a parent or guardian.
When will I receive my event information pack?
2 weeks before the event
Are there timing chips?
Are there prizes?
There will be separate medals for 1st, 2nd and 3rd for males and females for each distance and age group, with prizes for the overall winners for wetsuit and non-wetsuit “skins” swimmers.
Each swimmer will also receive an event participation cup at the finish line.
Those taking part in both the Dartmoor Open Water Swim and the Exmoor Open Water Swim will receive a FREE special edition “Twin Moors Swim” t-shirt (just specify your size at the checkout).
Who will be King and Queen of The Moors?
For 2019 we have introduced an extra challenge for those wanting to compete at the longest distances at each event – the woman with the fastest combined time to complete both the 8km Dartmoor and 6km Exmoor swims will be crowned Queen of The Moors and the fastest man will be King of The Moors! Plus there will be titles of Ice King and Ice Queen for those swimming “skins” of course!
How experienced do I need to be?
This is an inclusive event aimed at giving all people the opportunity to swim outdoors in the stunning location of Roadford Lake. To take part in the 2km or 4km you need to be a competent swimmer and at least be able to swim 1-mile in a swimming pool (64 lengths) in under 45 minutes. However, please ensure that you get experience of swimming in open water, are confident in achieving the distance and are comfortable in your wetsuit prior to taking part.
For those looking to swim two laps of the course (8km) you need to be able to swim the equivalent of 1-mile in a swimming pool (64 lengths) in under 40 minutes. We also recommend that you have swum at least 4km in open water prior to taking part this year.
Are there cut-off times for the different distances?
For the 2km and 4km, if you are making good progress and are not struggling, e.g. suffering from the cold, then we will accompany you to the finish, or move you along the course if necessary.
To minimise time spent in the water we will only allow you to proceed on to the second loop if you have reached the feed station at the pontoon (after 4km) in approximately 1 hour and 50 minutes (depending on conditions). If you do not meet this cut-off time unfortunately you will not be allowed to continue. In this case no refunds will be given.
PLEASE NOTE: If conditions require and/or a swimmers progress is considered a problem for safety cover, the Race Director may change this on the day.
Can I swap my swim distance?
Yes, but only if you submit your request at least two weeks prior to the event.
If you choose to increase your distance you will have to pay the difference in entry fee. If you drop down in distance you will only receive a refund of the difference if you submit your request at least one month in advance.
Can I swim without a wetsuit?
Yes, you can apply to compete without a wetsuit or swim “skins”, please tick the appropriate box when entering to receive a non-wetsuit participant application form (this will be sent with your confirmation email). You need to submit your form a minimum of 6 weeks before the event, which will provide us with enough information to assess your stated abilities, experience (both swim distance and water temperature) and current training to grant or refuse your application.
In the event that we refuse your application, you will be offered a full refund (if you wish) or you can swim with a wetsuit. If conditions are deemed to be extreme on the day, then we may prevent you taking part without a wetsuit. Under these circumstances you will be offered a full refund, unless you choose to compete with a wetsuit. For information, the water temperature is expected to be around 17C.
When will I receive my results?
You will receive a print out of results as you finish the race. Otherwise they will be available on line after race day.
What is the cancellation policy?
Entries are transferable between competitors up to 2 months before the event but must be confirmed with the Dartmoor Open Water Swim organisers (for insurance reasons). We understand the frustration of injuries and therefore if you become unable to take part in the event for any reason your entry fees may be credited for use on a future Croyde Ocean event within 1 year. This must be notified to us at least 30 days prior to the race date. After that no credits or refunds will be permitted. If no Croyde Ocean events are organised you will not receive a refund after deferral.
Can I buy race merchandise?
Yes. You can buy race merchandise during online entry for the event and via our Merchandise Store after entry. This will be available to collect at registration the night before and next to registration on race day. No merchandise will be available to purchase on the day.
Will there be food and drink on site?
Are there showers?
Are there toilets?
Is there car parking available?
Yes. All day parking is available for competitors and spectators near the Activity Centre. Payment will be taken on the day. Please share cars where possible.