300 yards sea swim
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A wonderful introduction to open water sea swimming. Children are able to swim around the harbour in a unique, controlled and safe environment carefully watched by our safety team. The 300-yard swim sees little swimmers swim out towards the breakwater, around the fishing boats and back towards the beach.
You are required to arrive for registration at Port Isaac Beach. It is essential that every swimmer is given a race number, safety visibility hat, time chip and a guardian sign the registration form.
We ask that swimmers are under 13, are able to swim 250 yards without flotation devices and have a good level of fitness. If anyone has any special requirements or medical conditions it must be declared in full confidence with Sarah Coates before registration.
A safety briefing will take place just before the race, by our safety team on Port Isaac beach. Please make sure you leave yourself enough time to park, walk to the beach, register and be present for the brief. Parking is a ten-minute walk away in Port Gaverne.
Markers will line the course, safety boats and kayaks will be in close reach for anyone who may need to be taken out of the water. Medical assistance is on standby at all times.
We ask that sponsor forms and money raised be brought to registration on the day of the race OR you will be asked to pay the minimum sponsorship amount of £10. Cheques to be made payable to ‘The Big Swim’ please.
Don’t forget to hang around for the live music and beach party after. Enjoy your swim.
WHAT HAPPENS AT EACH RACE
You will be asked to register before your race start time. There will be a ‘Big Swim’ team member to meet you, register you and answer any questions you might have.
This will happen on Port Isaac Beach. It is essential that every swimmer is given a number, safety visibility hat, an electric timing tag and signs the registration form.
HOW TO GET THERE
Big Swim Car Park at Port Gaverne postcode is: PL29 3SQ
The nearest train station is Bodmin Parkway. This is a 45 minute (18.5 miles) journey to Port Gaverne. You will need to get a bus or taxi. Buses are limited in Cornwall and run slower and less frequently over the weekends.
There are plenty of parking spaces available in the ‘Big Swim’ Car Park. Parking is available in a farmer’s field, a three-minute walk from Port Gaverne beach and a ten-minute walk to Port Isaac. It is a steep hill walk so take extra time with children. The car park is clearly marked from all roads that lead into Port Gaverne.
Please note that the roads will be closed on the day and you can only access the Car park from the B3314 sign posted towards ‘Port Gaverne’ NOT ‘Port Isaac’. Car parking will be at a small fee for the whole day and evening.
Children will swim around the harbour in a unique, controlled and safe environment carefully watched by our safety team. The 300-yard swim sees little swimmers swim out towards the breakwater, around the fishing boats and back towards the beach.
We will be using sports timing chips again this year. It is important that each swimmer runs over the timing mat at the finish line. There will be plenty of us to direct you to the finish line. Results will be printed and posted on the day after the last swimmer has left the water.
Your race chip will be given to you at the start of the race. PLEASE attach the chip securely to your ankle immediately as they cost money to replace, and it will be you who has to pay for it! Please DO NOT attach it to your wrist – the mats will not pick up the transponder and you will not be recorded.
The chips themselves are relatively expensive so we must get the chips back and we will collect the chips at the end of the race just after the finish line from our time chip removal team.
There will be an information point at the start area and our registration team will answer any of your questions.
We ask that your adult for the day looks after your clothes for you on the beach. There will be no cloakroom as we expect an adult to be with a child at all times during the day, apart from when taking part in the swim.
When you finish the race, you will have the opportunity to use the ‘the Penhaligon Rooms’ as our pop-up changing rooms. Please note, there are NO SHOWERS. These are situated up the hill from the beach a two-minute walk.
We strongly recommend you wear a wetsuit. This helps with buoyancy and in a medic situation keeps you afloat.
We strongly discourage the use of any equipment that acts as an impediment to hearing or concentration when competing. The Big Swim cannot be responsible for accidents resulting from racing with equipment.
Medical support will be present on the beach at Port Isaac. You should be swim fit and have no known medical conditions that would place your health in danger. Please note – do not swim if you are feeling unwell at all. This can be extremely dangerous. Please seek expert medical advice if you have any health concerns prior to the race.
Toilets are located in Port Isaac and Port Gaverne.
Water will be available at the finish line, although we encourage you to bring your own prior to the race.
This year we will split the ages into groups and have more prizes for age and gender!!! Every swimmer will receive a medal on completion of the race.
HOT FOOD & DRINK
A variety of items will be available for purchase in Port Isaac and Port Gaverne. Shops and restaurants will be open all day but Sharp’s Bar will be open until late!
To register in person on the day.
Bring a full change of clothing.
Money for food/drink.
To eat a healthy meal the night before the race.
To eat something light and drink plenty of water prior to the event.
To leave enough time to get there with plenty of time to spare.
If for any reason you decide not to swim, having already registered for the event that morning, it is essential that you let an Information Point or Registration Team know as we will assume you are missing at sea.
For more information, please contact [email protected]
* If anyone has any special requirements or medical conditions it must be declared in full confidence with Sarah Coates before registration.
You can check the 2016 Little Swim times here.
Registration £15.50 – Min. sponsorship £10
Swim for FREE!
Should you raise over £50 in sponsorship, we will give you your swim place for free. Simply sign up, pay for your place, raise your sponsorship, and we will refund you on the day!
Please be aware, therefore, that part of these monies raised may contribute towards event costs.