What's New for 2019?

Read our update to find out the new events on the 2019 calendar you could be part of

Our 2018 UK Summer events season was an exciting one to say the least, with the addition of some large international events incorporated alongside our annual favourites. Whilst this year we won’t have anything quite as big as the Glasgow European Championships, we do have a few new additions that we wanted to tell you a little more about.

You may be looking at these new events dubiously, unsure whether to sign up or what they might involve. So we thought we would give you the low down on these exciting new additions adding a bit of variety to the 2019 events calendar.

Regatta London – September

This is a brand new event for 2019, and in its inaugural year its aiming big. A 12 mile stretch of the river from Fulham Football club in Putney down to the Old Naval college in Greenwich will be paddled by an estimated 4000 participants. This will be made up of a mixture of rowers, kayakers, canoers and SUPers, and will resemble something along the lines of the Thames Diamond Jubilee Pageant which saw a flotilla of 670 boats pass along the Thames. Being held on Sunday 29th September means it is the one day of the year that the Thames Barrier shuts, so no tides and no flow to contend with. The Swim Safety team will be solely rescue boat based, but passes right through the centre of London and all the iconic sights.

Swim Solstice – June

Swim Solstice is a 3 hour endurance event held at Papercourt Sailing Club where swimmers compete as either individuals or teams to try and complete as many laps as possible within the time. The event takes place on the summer solstice with the first two hours of the event being in daylight on a 1000m loop course and the final hour by twilight on a 500m loop course.

Outlaw X – Thoresby Hall, Nottinghamshire – September

A new event for One Step Beyond, the organisers of the infamous Outlaw events. The new event in Thoresby promises to have a very similar feel to the Holkham Hall event we currently cover, and is branded Outlaw X to celebrate 10 years of their events and is a half iron distance event. The typical early start for this style of event will see an early finish for the swim safety team, which is a great bonus – plus there will be onsite camping available and a bacon sandwich at the end.

Great Swim Series – June (Windermere & Ipswich)

Although technically not a new event for Swim Safety, as we have managed the safety kayak team for the Great Swim series for many years, this year we are recruiting and managing the whole kayak team for the two Great Swim events in June, which will hopefully see lots of our existing team members work on a Great Swim event for the first time.

The Great North Swim (and SwimRun on Saturday) takes place between Fri 7th – Sun 9th June in Windermere (Brockhole) and the Great East Swim on Saturday 22nd June in Ipswich.

What else …

In addition to the above events that are available for you to sign up for, the Swim Safety core team will be working on a few other exciting projects over the course of the Summer, and you may have already noticed that they’ve had a busy start to 2019.

March saw most of the team head out to work at the Special Olympics in Abu Dhabi, looking after the water safety for the Sailing and the Kayaking, as well as supporting our client Breca SwimRun with their two New Zealand events in Wanaka on the South Island and Bay of Islands on the North Island – so already racking up the air miles!

We’ll be continuing our travels over the Summer with some other new events to our 2019 calendar! The Geneva Classic in July, an open water swim event with participants swimming across the width of Lake Geneva (14km), Switzerland and working with the IRONMAN team for their two Irish events in Cork and Dun Laoghaire.

The 2019 Season is set to be another great one and we look forward to seeing you out on the water soon!