Swimming in the Lake District

Big Chill Swim In The Lakes: Are You Game?

Open Water Swimming is now more popular than ever before, but if you thought that open water swimming is all about warm summer days then think again.

Swimming in the Lake District

Until now there hasn’t been an official winter open water swim in the Lake District in lovely yet adventurous Cumbria, but that’s all about to change with the coming of a brand new event The Big Chill Swim.

Cumbria’s very first official winter open water swim, will take place at the Low Wood Bay Resort Hotel & Marina, Windermere, on 2nd February 2013. The question is are you brave enough to give it a go in the depths of winter?

The Big Chill Swim is an all new Winter Swimming Race – in freezing water, no wetsuits are allowed, it’s for solo and team racers over distances of 30m, 60m, 450m, and with relay swims of 4 x 30 metres, which are great fun for company teams and groups of friends.

But be warned the water temperature is expected to be under 5°c, but if it’s frozen the ice will be broken! Basically the colder the water the better

Like us, you’re thinking surely this can’t be for real. Oh but it is.

Cold Water Swimming has a long tradition in the UK, with classics like the The Peter Pan Cup taking place in the Serpentine, London, on Christmas Day.

The Windermere event is associated with the International Winter Swimming Association (IWSA), and the organisers are aiming to get the Big Chill Swim onto the World Championship circuit in the future.

open water swimming

Why not give it a go?

After all the Big Chil lSwim is a must event for those who love the great outdoors and with the added bonus of being set in the beautiful and iconic surroundings of Windermere, in the Lake District.

The swim area at the Low Wood Bay Marina, in the heart of the English Lake District, is being reconfigured to create an outdoor 30m pool area, with 4 lanes and great spectator viewing. The races will take place throughout the day, with plenty of action for spectators.

The four star hotel will also host two evening functions, which are also open to non-participants.

Tickets for both are available from the event website.

Everyone is welcome to come along, the minimum age to participate is 16 years old on the day of the event and there is no upper age limit.

Entries will close at midday on Wednesday 30th January, unless the entry limit is reached before this.

So what are you waiting for? Dive in.

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