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Date: Saturday 5th September 2015

                                          Saturday 5th September, 2015 - ENTRIES NOW FULL!


Long distance open water swimming isn’t just about swimming around buoys in a loop– it’s about the journey.  Travelling the length of a lake from one end to the other, swimming across a channel, or completing a swim from one set point to another gives the swim meaning.  You haven’t swum a lake until you have completed the full length of it. 

Chillswim specialises in open water swimming and is passionate about creating the world’s best open water swimming events.

Chillswim Coniston is a mass participation, fully supported swim the full 5.25 miles length of Coniston Water, in the Lake District.

Entry includes:

  • Transport to the start and from the finish back to the race HQ car park 
  • Water safety support along the swim
  • Five feed stations along the route providing drinks 
  • Swim Secure tow-float to wear during the event and yours to keep (RRP £20)
  • Silicone swim hat
  • Free parking on race day for participants
  • Medal to each participant 
  • Chillswim Coniston end to end participation certificate
  • Goody Bag

Chillswim Coniston is an amazing challenge, so why not raise money for our official charity FRANK Water? As an outdoor swimmer you will realise more than most the importance of clean water, so support this great campaign!

Frank Water


The route will start at the south of the lake and finish at the north shore end next to Monk Coniston Car Park. After the first mile swimmers will keep within approximately 50 metres of the shore and event buoys and support water craft will direct swimmers.


Coniston Website Map

(Please note the route may be reversed depending on wind direction on the day)

Feed stations

There will be four boat-based feed stations along the route near to the shore roughly every mile of the swim with water, sports drink and gels.  You can take your own gels with you (we recommend the type that don’t require water) but please do not litter! 

The start of your swim

Chillswim Coniston is about swimming the full length of the lake in your own time. Having a good start will help you achieve your goal. Though every swimmer will select a start wave in which to start there is no mass start. There will be a rolling start within each wave time. There’s no nerve wracking waiting for the gun to blast, you’ll just start when you are ready within your allocated time window. Our unique start avoids ‘competitive starts’ which can cause people to swim faster at the beginning of the event or find themselves caught up in a pack, and will create a much more relaxed starting area.

Your swim pace and wave

To enter this eveng you will need to know your average mile time OVER 5 MILES, then you will be placed into the appropriate start group and you may not be in the same start as your friend/swimming buddy if you swim at different speeds. If, on the day of the swim, you are a LOT faster than the wave you have selected our water safety team will ask you to slow down during the swim (for example a 30 minute swimmer in the 41 – 45 min group will be asked to slow down).

In 2014 we had many people contact us after registering to inform us that their pace had changed due to training. We hope that you have entered the right pace for the event and have already considered the potential impact of your training. However, if your pace changes dramatically after you have entered (not by a minute or two!) please let us know so that we can accurately plan our event water safety team. Please be aware that whilst it may be possible to change your swim start time we will not be able to change your bus time. This all relates to the bus seats allocated per wave from registration to the swim start which is quite a logistical operation! Swimmers that inform us of a change in pace will remain on the same allocated bus for your original start group then when you get to the start location you will wait at the start for your new swim group. You will have the right hat, wristband, timing chip and so on for your swim wave! You just need to let us know as soon as you can.

Due to the safety cover requirements of this swim, there is a cut off time for completion of the swim. Swimmers slower than 1hr 05 minutes per mile pace may be withdrawn from the event during the swim in order to keep the event within our agreed safety plan.

Swim Secure tow-float

You will be given your Swim Secure tow-float at registration prior to your swim. The Swim Secure tow-floats are attached via a waist strap. You can purchase a swim buoy before the race to practise with at the Chillswim online shop though you will be supplied with a race specific tow-float on the day. The tow-floats are a safety measure for a mass long distance swim, they allow safety boat and other water users to see you and can act as a support during the swim if needed. These buoys cause very little resistance whilst you are swimming and are an excellent open water safety aid. Plus the bright orange colour helps to keep sharks away!

Watch this video to understand more about how the Swim Secure tow-float works, and you can download instructions here.



Wetsuit/Non Wetsuit

The event is open to both wetsuit and non-wetsuit participants, with separate category results.  A Swim Secure tow-float must be worn by every swimmer and will be provided at event registration.

Expected water temperature

Obviously this depends a lot on the summer that we do or don’t have, but based on historical data the average temperature for mid-September is 16.1 degrees C.  This has varied by 2 degrees higher or lower in the past depending of the weather conditions but 16 is the average. Please join the Chillswim Facebook group for water temp updates. 


The start and finish time of each swimmer will be recorded and results will be posted online the evening of the event.


There are prizes for top three swimmers male and female, wetsuit and non-wetsuit. The awards will be held at approximately 15.30 at the Event HQ - John Ruskin School, Coniston.

Chillswim Coniston Swimmers