Frequently Asked Questions about Swim the Solent

 

How do I apply to swim the solent?

You will need to complete the application form (once made available on swimthesolent.com). Entry is on a first come. first served basis for each application period (once opened). Entry will be closed when sufficient applications are received for a specific swim.

We recommend you sign-up for the Swim the Solent newsletter to find out when applications open.

What is the minimum age for entry?

Age 16 is the minimum age, but we will consider slightly younger if the individual is a strong enough swimmer and this can be verified.

Is there an entry fee for Swim the Solent?

This is decided upon by the nominated charity, but this is highly likely and payable on completion of the registration and entry form. The entry fee is non refundable.

You will need to complete the application form (once made available on swimthesolent.com).

Entry is on a first come. first served basis for each application period (once opened). Entry will be closed when sufficient applications are received for a specific swim.

We recommend you sign-up for the Swim the Solent newsletter to find out when applications open.

Can groups apply to swim the solent?

No.

Individual entries only, as we need full details for each person who is participating in any particular swim.

You will need to complete the application form (once made available on swimthesolent.com). Entry is on a first come. first served basis for each application period (once opened). Entry will be closed when sufficient applications are received for a specific swim.

We recommend you sign-up for the Swim the Solent newsletter to find out when applications open.

Do I have to train?

Yes, it would be foolish not to. The distance, a mile and a quarter, is 90 lengths of a 25 metre pool, and you have to be sure you can do that distance reasonably easily. It’s a good idea to do some training in the sea too if you can manage it, as it’s very different swimming in the sea.

Will there be a test of my swimming ability?

Yes, there will be dates confirmed all swimmers which they must attend (either date) to assess their ability and strength to swim the distance. The distance for the swim is a mile and a quarter, which equates to 90 lengths of a 25 metre pool.

Should I wear a wetsuit?

Entirely up to you with what you feel comfortable in. It is worth trying out a wetsuit in the sea before the swim.

Do you rub down with goosefat?

You can if you wish.

What happens if I get very cold?

If the guiding kayaker thinks you are struggling, they will tell the lifeboat and you will be hauled out. Most people get cold after the swim so we insist that you have very warm clothes to change into at Colwell, and there will be hot tea and breakfast.

How long do the swimmers take?

It varies from 35 minutes to an hour and five minutes in favourable conditions.

What happens if I’m slower than everyone else?

As long as you can do the distance in around an hour, you’ll get there and your kayak will stay with you.The lifeboat doesn’t leave until all swimmers are safe.

How do I know which direction to head in?

Your kayaker will guide you, a friendly face on the same level as you. We head for Fort Albert to start with. Don’t be fooled into heading for Colwell itself because the tide gets stronger as the swim progresses and will take you there anyway.

What do I do if I can’t raise £1,000?

You will, provided you work at it!  Set about it good and early, email all the people you can think of with the address of the JustGiving site and take a paper form about with you wherever you go. People are incredibly generous, and it’s such a good cause.

Can I raise money for my own chosen charity?

No. The nominated charity for registration via swimthesolent.com organise the swim and as such they expect all participants to raise funds for their charity (a minimum of £1,000).

You may find others cross solent swims that offer the facility to raise money for your chosen charity, but we would suggest searching Google for other options.

What temperature is the water?

Expected to be around about 18 degrees Celsius or 64 degrees Fahrenheit.

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How do I get to Hurst?

If the route chosen by the charity is Hurst then the ribs (rigid inflatable boats) take you over from Yarmouth and drop you at the beach.

If not for Hurst point, then you will be notified of the arrangements for the swim nearer the time, following your successful sign-up application and confirmation.

Can I meet you at Hurst?

No. All have to start together so you have to be in the Isle of Wight the night before. That means that you have to arrange accommodation in/near Yarmouth in good time. The Wightlink ferry, www.wightlink.co.uk, leaves from Lymington and crosses to Yarmouth.

Do you swim breaststroke or front crawl?

Whichever you like, feel comfortable with and/or have trained with. Crawl is faster and perhaps more economical, you can of course do a mixture. It’s not a race.

Can I swim in both directions?

No. Not on this swim.

We cannot have variations to the chosen route or arrangements made to accommodate individual preferences.

Once conditions are set then you have to abide by the arrangements made. This is for the safety of all competitors and you will be deemed to accept and be liable for any additional costs incurred should you vary the arrangements on the day without our written consent.

Do you have details of times and tide timetables?

No. Times and the schedule will be issued to all participants for a swim prior to their participation.

If you are looking for tide timetables then we would suggest you search on the web.

Do you have any advice if I wish to organise a swim?

No. The nominated charity complete the organisation and logistics for the swim the solent.

We do not offer any advice or assistance for other individuals or organisations.

As a non Isle of Wight charity can we be involved with fundraising via swimthesolent.com

No. The nominated charity for swimthesolent.com is always an Isle of Wight based charity.

swimthesolent.com was established in 2009 to help Isle of Wight charities fundraise via swimthesolent.com.

We reserve the right to nominate and choose which charity is selected for swimthesolent.com

swimthesolent.com is operated entirely on a voluntary basis for the benefit of Isle of Wight charities, as is not for profit.

We do not offer any advice or assistance for other individuals or organisations, other than the current nominated charity for swimthesolent.com.