On the first Sunday of the show (18th), 125 swimmers will take to Southampton water early in the morning in our new open water event.

You’re a swimmer ready for your first open water challenge or a seasoned professional looking for a new personal best? Or you just want to come along and enjoy the swim past tall ships and super yachts? The short distance of 1.25km from the Southampton International Boat Show pontoons to the iconic Southampton docks is perfect for both novices and practiced open water swimmers alike.

The Big Swim supports the local charity Rose Road Association, with all proceeds from the event going directly to the charity. Their expert swimming coach will also be on hand for free advice and top tips for swimming in open water.

“Participation in outdoor swimming in the UK is reported to have increased by between 1.5 and 3 times since 2019 so we felt now was the time to launch this event. So many people describe being in open water as a liberating experience and we liken this to the freedom’s hydrotherapy gives to the children and young people we support here at Rose Road. The event will help us to raise awareness of the charity and raise vital funds for activities such as hydrotherapy, overnight respite care and school holiday clubs for disabled people. We are incredibly grateful to the British Marine for allowing us to stage this event, and to Reese Leisure our event partner.”
Chloe Atkins, Head of Fundraising at the charity

Join us for a unique experience in a body of water normally inaccessible due to boat movements –  simply register below. All participants will gain entry to the boat show before it opens to the public and will be able to enjoy all it has to offer after their swim.

For more information about this event, how to book to participate and the Rose Road Association here.

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There is a minimum donation of £45 to Rose Road to participate in the event. All swimmers receive: swim entry, commemorative medal and swim cap and free early entrance to the boat show. Secure your space here.

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