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Date: FEB 2018

 

FEBRUARY 2018

Congratulations to all participants in the fifth Big Chill Swim, supported by Northern Pontoon, an official international Winter Swimming Association event.

The sixth edition will be in Feb 2018, as the venue, The Low Wood Bay Resort Hotel & Spa, is undergoing a massive £16 million refurbishment over the coming months. We look forward to seeing you in 2018 to celebrate winter swimming once more!

The swim area is an outdoor laned section of the Low Wood Bay Resort Marina. Lanes will be separate by ropes, and 30m long. Each lane will have steps for both entry and exit, and your clothes will be waiting for you at the end of your race. We expect the water to be between 5 and 10 degrees, and NO WETSUITS ARE ALLOWED! Each race will be timed, and the fastest time per age group will win each category. Make sure you stay around for the prize giving and medal ceremonies and our splendid Barn Dance on Saturday evening.

MORE ABOUT THE DISTANCES:

30m breaststroke: Competitive head up breaststroke race, all types of hats welcome! Races will be one width of the marina and held in age group divisions.

30m ICE FLY: Competitive butterly race, new for the forthcoming winter season!

60m freestyle: Competitive freestyle race. Races will be two widths of the marina and held in age group divisions. No tumble turns allowed.

4 x 30m relay: Mixed gender teams only, each swimmer completes one width of the marina. Any stroke acceptable, this is a great team challenge and popular with those wanting to raise funds.

120m freestyle: Competitive freestyle race. A great challenge for those looking to increase their distance, but who aren't yet ready for the endurance 450m. Races will be 4 widths of the marina and held in age group divisions. No tumble turns allowed.

450m endurance swim: For experienced cold water swimmers only. A huge endurance challenge! Only touch turning allowed for 15 widths of the marina. Participants must provide summary of cold water training and experience during their registration. Minimum requirement is to swim 900m in water less than 6 degrees before the race, including witness current email/phone number contact details. This endurance swim race has limited entries. Chillswim reserve the right to refuse entry to swimmers who do not have sufficient experience (please don't be offended it is for the safety of the event). 450m swimmers are required to download and complete an affidavit and bring this to the event.

SUNDAY EVENTS:

240m: Competitive freestyle race. The next challenge for those looking to increase their distance from the 120, but who aren't yet ready for the endurance 450m. Races will be 8 widths of the marina and held in age group divisions. No tumble turns allowed.

1000m (British Championships 1km): For experienced cold water swimmers only. A huge endurance challenge! Only touch turning allowed for 32 widths of the marina. Chillswim reserve the right to refuse entry to swimmers who do not have sufficient experience (please don't be offended it is for the safety of the event). 1000m swimmers are required to download and complete an affidavit and bring this to the event.