Scilly Swim Challenge

1-Day Event 2021: Tuesday 7th September, £215pp SOLD OUT
2-Day Event 2021:
 Saturday 4th and Sunday 5th September, £280pp SOLD OUT 

SCILLY SWIM CHALLENGE 2021

THE ORIGINAL, ICONIC 15KM STAGED SWIM CHALLENGE BETWEEN THE ISLANDS. 6 swims, 6 walks. COMPLETE OVER 1 OR 2 DAYS.

***2021 events are now sold out ***

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ABOUT THE CHALLENGE

Outstandingly beautiful, remote and unspoilt, the Isles of Scilly are every open water swimmer's dream. Just off the coast of Cornwall, this special place boasts ice-white beaches, Caribbean-like blue waters and picture-perfect harbours and bays.

Now in its 6th sell-out year, the Scilly Swim Challenge showcases some of the very best swimming the UK has to offer, offering participants the chance to swim and walk between the islands, safe in the knowledge they will be looked after by a team of open water experts. The combination of swimming in the cold sea with the backdrop of the beautiful islands & changing (often challenging) conditions, provides an incredible experience for people.

In 2021, we will be offering the chance to enter either the One-Day Scilly Swim Challenge, or the Two-Day Scilly Swim Challenge.

OUR APPROACH

The main focus of the Challenge events is on the swim journey as a group, from one island to another, in varied open water conditions. Emphasis is placed on the challenge aspect (i.e. NOT a race), getting everyone around the course with expert safety cover in place.

ONE DAY SCILLY SWIM CHALLENGE > tuesday 7th september 2021

An epic, staged 15km swimming journey. The 15km swim is split into 6 swims, with a short walk in beween each:
  • St. Mary’s - St Agnes (2.9km)
  • St. Agnes - Samson (4.8km)
  • Samson - Bryher (1km)
  • Bryher - Tresco (600m)
  • Tresco - St. Martin’s (2.3km)
  • St. Martin’s - St Mary’s (2.8km)

TWO DAY SCILLY SWIM CHALLENGE > SATURDAY 4th & SUNDAY 5TH september 2021

A slightly more leisurely version of the one-day event, spread across (yes you’ve guessed it) two days!

DAY ONE

  • St. Mary’s - St Agnes (2.9km)
  • St. Agnes - Samson (4.8km)
  • Samson - Bryher (1km)

DAY TWO 

  • Bryher - Tresco (600m)
  • Tresco - St. Martin’s (2.3km)
  • St. Martin’s - St Mary’s (2.8km)

ESSENTIAL INFORMATION:

  • Wetsuits and skins welcome (though please be aware you will be swimming in groups and may have to wait for others at times)
  • Sea temperature 14-16 degrees
  • Walking between islands necessary (range from 600m to 2km)
  • Entrants will be deivided into three speed groups (green - leisurely, orange - moderate, red - fast)
  • Longest swim 6km
  • Shortest swim 600m
  • Maximum participants on the day 150
  • Spectators welcome (see Spectator tab for details)
  • A race finisher goody included in the entry fee (what is it? It’s a surprise!)

HISTORY OF THE CHALLENGE

Nick & Dewi

The Scilly Swim Challenge started in 2014, and was set up by Dewi Winkle (a Yorkshireman), Nick and Bryony Lishman (Scilly natives / Scillonians). SwimQuest have known and worked with Nick and Dewi for many years - with John, Nick and Dewi working together on some of the first swimming holidays in Scilly, back in 2007.

The Scilly Swim Challenge has now become part of SwimQuest’s family of swimming events and holidays. After a 6th sell-out year, both SwimQuest and the team on Scilly are incredibly excited to welcome swimmers in 2021.

We can’t wait to swim with you.

1-DAY EVENT ITINERARY

N.B. Please note, THESE timings are example TIMINGS as we may need to change this schedule BASED ON WEATHER conditions ON THE DAY. WE WILL CONFIRM EXACT TIMINGS WITH YOU CLOSER TO THE EVENT DATE. SWIM START TIMINGS MAY BE EARLIER OR LATER THAN THE TIMINGS LISTED BELOW. 

MONDAY 06/09/2021

  • 3.00pm - 4.30pm: Mandatory registration
  • 5.30pm: Mandatory swimmer’s briefing & acclimatisation swim

TUESDAY 07/09/2021

  • 8.00am: Swim 1 start (St. Mary’s)
  • 9.15am: Swim 1 finish (St Agnes)
  • 10.15am: Swim 2/3 start (St Agnes / Samson)
  • 12.15pm: Swim 2/3 finish (Samson / Bryher)
  • 1.15pm: Swim 4 start (Bryher)
  • 1.30pm: Swim 4 finish (Tresco)
  • 3.00pm: Swim 5 start (Tresco)
  • 3.45pm: Swim 5 finish (St. Martin’s)
  • 5.00pm: Swim 6 start (St Martin’s)
  • 6.15pm: Swim 6 finish (St Mary’s)

WHEN TO COME ...

For the one day event, You need to be on St Mary’s on Scilly from Monday 6th -  Thursday 9th September.

 On Monday 6th September in the afternoon we will have the 1-Day registration and mandatory swim briefing. You will need to stay on St Mary's until Thursday 9th September, as if the weather is bad on Tuesday 7th, the event will be deferred to Wednesday 8th and the event will be finishing after the last flight has left. Staying until Thursday gives a greater weather window for the event, and we will have the party on the Wednesday evening. So three nights it is ... or longer (!) why not add a few days and make a whole week of it?

STAY ON ST MARY’S ...

Please remember – it is best to stay on St Mary’s Island as this is where we start and finish the event.  Due to the prevailing weather, timings may need to be changed for an earlier start before the inter-island water taxi services work and the same for the end of the day.

2-DAY EVENT ITINERARY

N.B. Please note, THESE timings are example TIMINGS as we may need to change this schedule BASED ON WEATHER conditions ON THE DAY. WE WILL CONFIRM EXACT TIMINGS WITH YOU CLOSER TO THE EVENT DATE. SATURDAY & SUNDAY SWIM START TIMINGS MAY BE EARLIER OR LATER THAN THE TIMINGS LISTED BELOW. 

FRIDAY 03/9/21

  • 3.00pm - 4.30pm: Registration (MANDATORY ON FRIDAY)
  • 5.30pm: Mandatory Swimmer’s briefing & acclimatisation swim

SATURDAY 04/9/21

  • 12.30pm - 12.45pm Meet at Porthcressa on St Mary's
  • 1.00pm - Swim 1 start (St Mary’s)
  • 2.45pm - Swim 1 finish (St Agnes)
  • 3.45pm - Swim 2/3 start (St Agnes / Samson)
  • 6.15pm - Swim 2/3 finish (Samson / Bryher)
  • 7.00pm Ferry back to St Marys

SUNDAY 05/9/21

  • 7.30am: Ferry to Bryher
  • 8.30am: Swim 4 start (Bryher)
  • 8.45am: Swim 4 finish (Tresco)
  • 9.30am: Swim 5 start (Tresco)
  • 10.30am: Swim 5 finish (St Martin’s)
  • 12.15pm: Swim 6 start (St Martin’s)
  • 1.45: Swim 6 finish (St Mary’s)
  • 6.30pm: Party!

WHEN TO COME:

for our 2-day event, You will need to be on St Mary’s island in Scilly from Friday 3 – Monday 6 September.

On Friday 3 September in the afternoon we have the 2-Day registration and mandatory swim briefing. You will also need to stay on Sunday 5 September as there are no flights on Sundays. There is a ferry back to the mainland on the Sunday, however, if the weather kicks off it may mean we swim later on the Sunday. Don’t forget Sunday night’s party ... a shame to miss it! So three nights it is ... or longer (!) why not add a few days and make a whole week of it?

STAY ON ST MARY’S ...

Please remember – it is best to stay on St Mary’s Island as this is where we start and finish the event.  Due to the prevailing weather, timings may need to be changed for an earlier start before the inter-island water taxi services work and the same for the end of the day.

How do I get THERE, where do I stay?

It has to be said the rest of the world is a bit far from the Isles of Scilly….. but we’re confident it will be worth the travel. Here are some tips to help you plan your visit.

When to come

FOR THE 1-DAY EVENT, YOU NEED TO BE ON ST MARY’S iN SCILLY FROM MONDAY 6 - THURSDAY 9 SEPTEMBER.

On Monday 6 September in the afternoon we will have the 1-Day registration and mandatory swim briefing. You will need to stay on St Mary's until Thursday 9 September, as if the weather is bad on Tuesday 7, the event will be deferred to Wednesday 8 and the event will be finishing after the last flight has left. Staying until Thursday gives a greater weather window for the event, and we will have the party on the Wednesday evening.

FOR OUR 2-DAY EVENT, YOU WILL NEED TO BE ON ST MARY’S ISLAND IN SCILLY FROM FRIDAY 3 – MONDAY 6 SEPTEMBER.

On Friday 3 September in the afternoon we have the 2-Day registration and mandatory swim briefing. You will also need to stay on Sunday 5 September as there are no flights on Sundays. There is a ferry back to the mainland on the Sunday, however, if the weather kicks off it may mean we swim later on the Sunday. Don’t forget Sunday night’s party ... a shame to miss it!

So three nights it is ... or longer (!) why not add a few days and make a whole week of it?

getTING There

Three options:

  1. The Scillonian III ferry -the cheapest and most reliable option, but slower. This can be a wonderful way to arrive on the islands, however to enable maximum enjoyment of the journey we recommend using Kwells/Stugeron if you are prone to motion sickness, as it can be a bit queasy-inducing in rough weather! Leaves Penzance at 9.15am every morning and from St. Mary’s at 4.30pm. (https://www.islesofscilly-travel.co.uk)
  2. Skybus fixed wing aircraft - more expensive but quicker and more departure points and times  (Land’s End, Newquay and Exeter). Can be affected by poor visibility or crosswinds. (https://www.islesofscilly-travel.co.uk)
  3. Helicopter - new service for 2020. Quick and reliable but more expensive. Flies from Penzance to St. Mary’s & Tresco (https://penzancehelicopters.co.uk)

... DON’T FORGET! IOS 10% PASSENGER TRAVEL DISCOUNT

If you are booking ferry or plane tickets, take advantage of our SSC attendees 10% discount on passenger travel. Customers can either book via the Travel Centre over the phone, quoting SWIM21 at the start of the call (01736 334220) , or alternatively use the code SWIM21 online at www.islesofscilly-travel.co.uk.   If using the discount online, input the code into the promotional code field on the home screen before starting to book. 

TRAIN

One good option which isn’t well known is the sleeper train from London to Penzance which links up with the ferry. https://www.gwr.com/plan-journey/journey-information/on-board/night-riviera-sleeper

TRAVEL INSURANCE

Whilst you should not expect any issues with travel, we highly recommend travel insurance! Being an island on the edge of the Atlantic, the weather can be very changeable and sometimes travel is affected.

Where to stay: ST MARY'S

However gorgeous the off-islands are (that’s the smaller ones excluding the main island of St. Mary’s) you’ll find it far more convenient to stay on St. Mary’s where our events are based. If you do want to stay on an off-island you may have to arrange a water-taxi to get you back after the acclimatisation swim and event day as we anticipate finishing after the last scheduled boats. This can be quite expensive. Staying near to Hugh Town can be more convenient, but wherever you stay on St Mary’s you’re never more than about 2km from the event base.

When do I need to book?

SOON!

Scilly gets booked up a long time in advance so it’s worth looking at as soon as you’ve got your place on the swim. Some people have been booking up even before we launched and finding it hard to get somewhere. Sometimes this is because providers haven’t put availability online yet - use the links below if you need help.
Up-market hotels:
Mid-range hotels:

Camping

If you are keen to camp, don’t forget to book in your tent with Ted & Barbara at The Garrison Campsite on St Mary’s. They are offering a 10% discount on Standard Camping to Scilly Swim Challenge event attendees. Simply mention that you are a swimmer when you book via phone (+44 (0) 1720 422670) or email info@garrisonholidays.com.

SCILLY SWIM CHALLENGE PARTNERS

ZONE 3

Founded in 2009 by athlete James Lock, Zone3 has gone on to become one of the biggest names in the Triathlon industry. Originally known for their innovative wetsuit designs, the brand now provides a full range of award-winning open water swimming and triathlon apparel. Zone 3 are offering Scilly Swim Challenge entrants 25% off any Zone3 purchase on their website. What are you waiting for? Get shopping! Use code EP-SCILLYSWIM21 on the Zone3 website, valid until 30 September 2021.

DRYROBE

The ultimate change robe and towel changing robe, warm changing for all sports enthusiasts, watersports and outdoor activities. Order yours now via our merchandise page, and keep an eye out for our dryrobe baggage boat on the day - helping to transport your dryrobes and your gear to ensure you are toasty warm and dry after your swim.

SCILLY SWIM CHALLENGE ambassadors

We are lucky to have three wonderful ambassadors who have completed the Scilly Swim Challenge many times and will be there on the day to swim, help and encourage.

BETH FRENCH 

Ocean swimmer Beth French became the first person to swim the 26 miles from Cornwall to the Isles of Scilly, and did so in skins in 17 hours 28 minutes in 2014. Read more about Beth’s story and incredible achievements here. In this video, Beth talks to us about why the Scilly Swim Challenge is so special, what to expect and tips on how to prepare:

INTERVIEW WITH BETH:

MARK RICHARDS

SwimQuest Secret Race Medal

A unique piece of art, created by Cornwall based artist Mark Richards

Mark is an artist, musician, swimmer and surfer (not necessarily in that order!) living in Cornwall. His artwork is inspired by a lifetime’s love and obsession for the ocean and its waves. Mark has a long standing connection with both Cornwall and Scilly, and has completed some extraordinary swimming feats, including a swim around the entire Cornish coastline, and a non-stop swim from Cornwall to the Isles of Scilly in 2018. Take a look at Mark’s stunning artwork at: www.markrichardsart.co.uk. 
In this video, Mark talks to us about why the Scilly Swim Challenge is unique, what to expect and tips on how to prepare:

INTERVIEW WITH MARK:

KATIA VASTIAU

Katia is a much-loved swimmer, all-round organiser, and photographer in the outdoor swimming community

Katia is a much-loved and well known face in the outdoor swimming community, providing tireless enthusiasm at the Queensford Open Water Swimming Lake near Oxford, and general all round passion for Outdoor Swimming. Katia is also a regular contributor and photographer for Outdoor Swimmer Magazine, and will be sharing her photography skills with us at the event.

BOOK A CHARITY PLACE

Aspire is a national charity that provides practical help to people who have been paralysed by Spinal Cord Injury. A spinal cord injury can happen to anyone at any time, and no one is prepared for how it will change their life. Aspire exists because there is currently no cure.

LIMITED ASPIRE PLACES AVAILABLE

We have a limited number of charity places available to book through Aspire. These will be allocated on a first come first served basis. A deposit, plus a minimum fundraising amount will be required to take part.

REGISTER YOUR INTEREST NOW:

For more information please email Andrew on andrew.ogierman@aspire.org.uk.

BOOK A CHARITY PLACE

Aspire is a national charity that provides practical help to people who have been paralysed by Spinal Cord Injury. A spinal cord injury can happen to anyone at any time, and no one is prepared for how it will change their life. Aspire exists because there is currently no cure.

LIMITED ASPIRE PLACES AVAILABLE

We have a limited number of charity places available to book through Aspire. These will be allocated on a first come first served basis. A deposit, plus a minimum fundraising amount will be required to take part.

REGISTER YOUR INTEREST NOW:

For more information please email Andrew on andrew.ogierman@aspire.org.uk.

IS THERE AN AGE LIMIT?

The lower age limit is 16, there is no upper age limit.

ARE WETSUITS COMPLULSORY?

No, although we do encourage entrants to wear a wetsuit for warmth and extra buoyancy. We suggest non wetsuit swimmers are used to swimming in open water in the appropriate temperatures (around 15℃ in September). Please ask us about wetsuit hire, or make the most of our Zone3 25% discount code (enter EP-SCILLYSWIM21 when purchasing via the Zone3 website).

What Marine Life Exists In The Waters Around the Scilly Isles? Is There Anything To Worry About?

Several seal colonies live and feed around the islands so you may be lucky enough to see some during the event. There are occasionally non life-threatening jellyfish.

I HAVE A MEDICAL CONDITION. CAN I STILL ENTER?

If you are in any doubt you should seek medical advice from your doctor and ensure you are in good physical and mental health to complete the event. You will be asked to provide any medical information and sign a disclaimer to ensure you are aware of the risks of open water swimming. If you have any queries, please email us at john@swimquest.uk.com and we will be happy to advise.

DO I HAVE TO BE THERE FOR THE REGISTRATION AND THE ACCLIMITIsATION SWIM?

For safety reasons we require everyone be at the mandatory event briefing and acclimatisation swim. If you are late due to travel delays we will do our best to arrange a special briefing but please do book your travel to get you there in time.

WHERE SHOULD I STAY?

The events are based around Hugh Town on St. Mary's (the main island) so staying close to there will be more convenient. If you choose to stay on another island you will have to arrange transport to the start as we do not lay this on - there will be an extra cost and you may have to get up very early!

WHAT IS YOUR CANCELLATION POLICY?

If you are not able to come to the event and wish to cancel we will refund 50% of the fee up to four months before the event. After that, no refunds or deferrals are available. You are however able to substitute swimmers by logging onto the website and changing the personal details on the booking. We realise that sometimes life gets in the way, whether it’s work, an injury or a family wedding – so we strongly encourage you to take out insurance to cover any costs incurred by you such as event fees, travel and accommodation.

DO I HAVE TO SIGN A WAIVER?

There's a waiver to read and acknowledge during the registration process as follows... "The Scilly Swim Challenge will involve sea swimming and walking over designated routes decided by the Event Organisers. Whilst the utmost care is placed upon the safety of all swimmers, officials, supporters, bystanders and helpers, entrants undertake the event at their own risk. Sea swimming carries a level of risk that whilst reduced by the safe planning of the event can not be entirely mitigated due to the nature of wild swimming. The event organisers have the authority to cancel, postpone or change the planned route to ensure the safety of swimmers and all involved. Individuals who in the opinion of the event directors or safety marshals are either at risk or putting others at risk during the event will be removed from the event. By entering the event you confirm that you can swim a mile in less than 35mins [One Day] / 35-40mins [Two Day], have experience of open water swimming and agree to abide by the guidelines imposed by the event organisers."

CAN I WEAR FINS, HAND PADDLES, ETC?

You may wear swimming aids, with the exception of hand paddles, if this helps you stay with the group. Please remember however that you will be swimming with other people so be careful you don't bash them with a fin! Wearing swimming aids in our races may exempt you from some prizes, if applicable.

CAN I LEAVE THE ISLANDS ON THE DAY OF THE SWIM?

Please see the details for each event. Travel to and from Scilly is limited or impossible on Sundays. The one day events have a contingency day so if you plan to leave on event day and we have to change days you would miss the event entirely. Also we may have to alter schedules as we go so cannot guarantee to get you back to St. Mary's by a certain time.

MY FRIEND / PARTNER WANTS TO WATCH. IS THERE A SPECTATOR BOAT?

Yes. There will be a spectator boat which follows all of the swims. The spectators will be able to get ashore and follow most of the walks. Tickets can be purchased at registration on St. Mary’s.

Do we swim in one group?

Swimmers will be divided into three waves or "pods" of about 50 each according to swim speed.The fastest (Red) pod leaves first shortly followed by the Amber pod and then the Green pod.

Do We Have To Stay With A Group?

You will be asked to stay behind a lead kayak and not drop behind the rear kayak in your group.

WHY IS THERE A MAXIMUM SWIM TIME PER MILE?

​To make sure we can complete the course in the time we do have a fairly strict timetable to keep to. Swimmers are divided into pods according to their speed. For everyone's safety these pods have to be kept together as a group. If you can't keep up with your pod you will be give the chance of a "piggy-back" in one of the safety boats or to drop back to a slower pod (if available).

WHAT HAPPENS TO OUR CLOTHING & EQUIPMENT?

We will advise you of clothing/warm kit and footwear to wear on the islands as you move to the next swim. All kit will be moved by a logistical team so it is there waiting your arrival. All warm kit/shoes will be dropped off prior to each swim.

Is there An Alternative To Walking At The End Of A Swim To The Next Swim?

No, everyone will regroup after the swim, be given a chance to have some food and drink (we will send out a ‘what to pack’ email nearer the time) and then move together to the next swim before repeating the process. The walks connecting each swim are on a combination of sand, trail and tarmac and you will need footwear though there are no steep gradients or overgrown areas.

IS THIS A RACE? ARE THERE PRIZES?

No, this is a challenge event with the focus being to try and get everyone around in a controlled and safe way. We may surprise you with some on the day prizes!

WHAT IF I CAN’T COMPLETE THE DISTANCE?

You can always get out of the water and onto safety boat. We will have medical and support staff to look after everyone and advisors to get you back to St Marys (if staying there).

TERMS AND CONDITIONS OF ENTRY

By submitting your online application and paying your fee you are agreeing to enter the event and also agree to abide by these Conditions of Entry and any instructions given to you by the organisers and officials of the Event. This also includes any entries made for you on your behalf by a third party.

A. THE EVENT(S)

The SwimQuest Scilly Swim Challenge events will involve sea swimming and walking over designated routes decided by the event organisers. Whilst the utmost care is placed upon the safety of all swimmers, officials, supporters, bystanders and helpers, entrants undertake the event at their own risk. Sea swimming carries a level of risk that whilst reduced by the safe planning of the event cannot be entirely mitigated due to the nature of wild swimming. The event organisers have the authority to cancel, postpone or change the planned route to ensure the safety of swimmers and all involved. Individuals who in the opinion of the event directors or safety marshals are either at risk or putting others at risk during the event will be removed from the event. By entering the event you confirm that you can swim a mile in less than 35mins (One-Day) 35-40mins (Two-Day), have experience of open water swimming and agree to abide by the guidelines imposed by the event organisers.  If you are in any doubt please consult your doctor.

B. CANCELLATION BY YOU

If you are not able to come to the event and wish to cancel, we will refund 50% of the fee up to four months before the event. After that, no refunds or deferrals are available. You are however able to substitute swimmers by logging onto the website and changing the personal details on the booking up to 7 days before the event.

TAKE OUT YOUR OWN INSURANCE COVER

We realise that sometimes life gets in the way, whether it’s work, an injury or a family wedding – so we strongly encourage you to take out insurance to cover any costs incurred by you such as event fees, travel and accommodation. Your insurance must cover escorted open water swimming and there are a number of companies offering this type of cover.

C. CANCELLATION BY US

We may cancel an event if circumstances beyond our reasonable control arise, including, without limitation, force majeure or act of God, war, civil or political unrest, terrorism, travel restrictions, or inclement / unsafe weather conditions. In such circumstance:-
  •  we will endeavour to stage the event at a later date ( i.e. postpone the event), although restrictions to the course and sea conditions may mean this is not possible. Any change to the event will be communicated to you at the event or as soon as practicable; 
    • you will have the right to take part in the postponed event. If you cannot make the new date you will be offered a deferral to the following year, or you can cancel your place and receive a partial refund as stipulated in clause
    • in the event of cancellation or postponement of the event we will have no responsibility for any costs incurred as a result of cancellation including any travel or accommodation costs, including your travel to the event location.
  • If due to Covid-19 or any other reason beyond our control we are forced to CANCEL the event 90 days or more before the event date, we will offer:
    • a 100% refund less a £15 administration fee OR
    • a deferral to the following year or later date
  • If due to Covid-19 or any other reason beyond our control we are forced to CANCEL an event 90 days or less before the event date, we will offer a reimbursement of the part of the entry fees (or a credit note to the equivalent value) which are recoverable or have not been irrevocably committed to staging the event. This is purely at our discretion and we are not required to provide any supporting evidence. By way of example, if we have to cancel immediately before the event due to weather, a refund or deferral is unlikely as the majority of event expenses will have been incurred and SwimQuest reserves the right not to refund any of your entry fee in these circumstances.

D. LIMITATION OF OUR LIABILITY TO YOU

  • We will not be liable where any failure in the performance of the contract is due to: you; or a third party unconnected with the provision of the event arrangements and where the failure is unforeseeable or unavoidable; or unusual and unforeseeable circumstances beyond our control, the consequences of which could not have been avoided even if all due care had been exercised; or an event which we or our suppliers, even with all due care, could not foresee or forestall.
  • Our liability, except in cases involving death or personal injury, shall be limited to a maximum of 2 times the cost payable to us for your event.
  • Should you or any member of your party suffer illness, personal injury or death attributable to a third party unconnected with the provision of our services, or as a result of failures due to circumstances beyond our control, we will offer you such advice, guidance and assistance as is reasonable in the circumstances.
  • Our liability will also be limited in accordance with and/or in an identical manner to:-
    • any relevant international convention, which limit the amount of compensation that you can claim for death, injury, delay to passengers and loss, damage and delay to luggage which are incorporated into and form part of your contract with us and we are to be regarded as having all the benefit of any limitation of compensation contained in these or any other such conventions.
  • Unless otherwise expressly indicated by us in writing, excursions or other tours that you may choose to book or pay for whilst you are participating in this event are not part of the arrangements provided by us. For any excursion or other tour that you book, your contract will be with the operator of the excursion or tour and not with us. We are not responsible for the provision of the excursion or tour or for anything that happens during the course of its provision by the operator.

E. SPECIAL REQUESTS 

If you have a special request, we will do our best to help, but we cannot guarantee it. Please advise us of your request at the time of booking and make sure that we are given as much detail as possible. If your special request is vital to your trip, it must be specifically agreed with us before you choose to enter the event. General confirmation that a special request has been noted or passed on to the supplier or the inclusion of a special request on your Confirmation Invoice or on the acknowledgement of your booking or any other documentation is not confirmation that the request will be met. Unless and until specifically confirmed in writing all special requests are subject to availability. If any additional cost is applicable, it will either be invoiced to you prior to the event or should be paid for locally.

F. YOUR DOCUMENTATION  

  • You are responsible for ensuring that you and all other persons you are travelling with satisfy all passport, visa, travel insurance and health certificate requirements and we accept no responsibility for any refusal of travel or entry into any destination or for any liabilities, losses, delays or expenses incurred through any irregularity in such documentation. In particular many countries require that your passport is valid for at least 6 months beyond the date of travel. If you have any queries with regard to documentation and insurance requirements you must raise them with us well in advance of travel commencing.
  • You are responsible for ensuring that all details passed to us for you and all members of your party for the purposes of your booking and documentation generally are complete and accurate. If information that you supply to us is inaccurate then you may not be allowed to take part in the event and you will not be entitled to any compensation.
  • We will send out final details of the event a few weeks before the start date. Please ensure that you contact us if you have not received a final itinerary and other necessary documentation 7 days before the event date(s).

G. HEALTH & FITNESS PRECAUTIONS 

  • All of our events and trips require a certain degree of physical fitness and, in some cases, experience of open water swimming. Whilst we endeavour to give guidance as to the likely levels of fitness and experience required, it is only guidance and it is your responsibility to ensure that you have the levels of fitness and experience required for any particular event. By entering the event you confirm that you can swim a mile in less than 35mins (One Day) 35-40mins (Two Day), have experience of open water swimming and agree to abide by the guidelines imposed by the event organisers.  If you are in any doubt please consult your doctor. We, and those retained by us to supervise any event, have an absolute right at any time (even just before or during the event) to prevent you from undertaking any particular part of the event or the whole event if we reasonably believe that you do not possess the necessary levels of fitness and experience. In such circumstances we shall not be liable for any losses or compensation arising.
  • You must provide us with full details of any existing medical or physical problem (including unusual height or weight) or disability that may apply to you or any member of your group and which affect your arrangements (including, in particular, any accommodation requirements or difficulties that may be encountered in accessing buildings) at the time of booking. If in our reasonable opinion, your chosen arrangements are not suitable for the medical or physical problem or disability or you are not travelling with someone who can provide all assistance that may be required, we have the right to refuse to accept the booking or you may not be able to participate in certain parts of the event(s), in which event we shall not be liable for any losses or compensation arising.
  • If you do not give us full details of any medical or physical problem or disability at the time of booking and/or promptly inform us of any adverse change to or a new medical or physical problem or disability that arises after booking, then we can also cancel the booking when we find out the full details if in our reasonable opinion the arrangements are not suitable in the circumstances. If we cancel in this situation, cancellation charges as set out in our Cancellation Clause must be paid by the person concerned.
  • We will need full details from you of any illness, medication currently being taken, known medical conditions and allergies. This information must be supplied at the time of entry via email to info@swimquest.uk.com. This information is required purely to assist in the case of an emergency and will otherwise be kept strictly confidential.

H. INSURANCE 

We consider comprehensive travel insurance to be essential and you must have such insurance to cover areas in particular, illness, accident, emergency repatriation, cancellation, lost luggage, delays and must cover you for open water swimming.  Travel insurance is widely available and insurance providers will have a policy available for you to purchase. Please read your policy details carefully and take them away with you. It is your responsibility to ensure that the insurance cover you purchase is suitable and adequate for your particular needs.

i. BEHAVIOUR

You must be responsible for the behaviour of yourself and your party. In particular we require that all our customers abide by any event rules or other codes of conduct (which will be forwarded to you with your Confirmation Invoice or, if not, prior to the event commencing) and any other regulations that we may reasonably have in force in respect of the event in question and all instructions given by those supervising any event. We can refuse to accept you as a customer or refuse to continue dealing with you and/or any other member of your group by terminating your event entry if behaviour is or is likely to be, in our reasonable opinion, or in the reasonable opinion of any our suppliers, or other person in authority, disruptive, upsetting or dangerous to yourself or anyone else. We will not pay any refund, compensation or other sum whatsoever or any costs or expenses incurred by you if we have to terminate your trip due to such unacceptable behaviour or any failure to follow regulations or instructions. In this situation we will then have no further responsibility for you or any other member of your party.

J. GETTING TO THE START POINT  

It is your responsibility to get to the start point at the correct time. Please be aware that start times may change de to weather conditions, and the final times will be communicated to you the day before the event date or at the event registration.

K. DATA PROTECTION 

Information about you and members of your party, including your names, contact details and any special needs, disabilities or dietary requirements is collected by us when you request information or make a booking with us. We may disclose this information to our service providers (who may be located outside the UK/EEA) for the purpose of providing you with your travel arrangements. Only information necessary for this purpose will be disclosed to them. Some information, for example relating to your religion or health, may be “sensitive personal data” within the meaning of the Data Protection Act 1998. We need this information to cater for your needs, but it is collected on condition that we have your positive consent. If you do not agree to our use of your information, we cannot accept your booking. By making a booking with us, you agree to allow your insurers, their agents and medical staff to disclose relevant information to us in circumstances where we may need to act in the interests of you or anyone else in the group. From time to time we may contact you by post with information about special offers or forthcoming trips. If you do not wish to receive such information, please notify us. You have the right to ask us in writing for a data subject access request form to obtain a copy of the information which we hold about you. You will be charged a fee for this. Any request should be addressed to John Coningham-Rolls.

L. PHOTOGRAPHY AND COMMENTS

We may take photographs of you during the course of any particular trip or event and may use such photographs on our website, social media or for our own marketing purposes. Likewise, if you supply any photographs or written comments to us about our trips, we may occasionally use them on our website or for other marketing purposes. Please write to us if you would prefer that we do not use any such photographs or comments.

M. JURISDICTION/GOVERNING LAW

We both agree that any dispute, claim or other matter of any description (and whether involving personal injury or not) which arises out of or in connection with your booking or travel must be brought in the Courts of England and Wales only (unless you are a resident of Scotland or Northern Ireland in which case any proceedings must be brought in either the Courts of your own country or those of England and Wales). We both also agree that English law (and no other) will apply to your contract (unless proceedings are brought in Scotland or Northern Ireland, in which case Scottish or Northern Irish law, as applicable, will apply instead). If this provision is not acceptable to you, you must tell us at the time of booking.

N. COMMUNICATION

Generally much of our communication with you is by email and this applies particularly in respect of confirmations or event instructions and changes and subsequent information that needs to be sent to you. It is you responsibility to retain copies of all communications that you receive from us electronically relating to your trip and contact us if you have not received information prior to the event date. We cannot be responsible for any losses arising from a failure by you to receive email communications on account of technical problems, traffic congestion on the Internet or on any Website, problems with or technical malfunction of any telephone network or lines, computer equipment, software, systems, servers or providers.

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WHAT YOU NEED TO BRING:

Please remember that we do not provide food on this challenge, so you will need to ensure you are self sufficient with snacks and sandwiches! Your bag will be made available to you, delivered by the Dryrobe baggage boat at the start of each swim. 

  • A Dry Bag (30 litres is usually a good size and will keep your kit dry during boat transfers). Try to pack all of your belongings into this bag - do not leave flipflops etc hanging off / tied on as they may get lost.
  • Westuit (if you are wearing one - if not, please be certain you are happy swimming event distance in Scilly temperatures!)
  • A drinks bottle (750ml). Water is available at the feed stops for top ups
  • A small flask of hot tea - it’s useful to have something warm with you for when you need it! There will be some tea stops on route, but often swimmers like to have their own for when they are feeling the cold!
  • Energy Bars, granola bars, jelly babies, bananas, snacks - or whatever you like to eat whilst swimming. Don’t get hungry at any point; eat before you do.
  • Sandwiches / packed lunch
  • Beanie, buff, and gloves for warming up
  • Base layer (wicking if you can get it)
  • Fleece layer
  • Lightweight puffa jacket
  • Some form of rain protection
  • Trainers
  • 5 pairs liner socks, or 1 x pair wetsuit socks. (Most swimmers tend to do the walks with the top of their suit pulled down, so your socks will get wet while you're walking.)
  • Glide or vaseline to prevent / stop chafing, whether or not you are wearing a wetsuit - we would recommend applying vaseline under the arms, behind the neck and anywhere else you usually chafe in the sea
  • 2 x pairs goggles
  • Goggle de-mister if you like to use one
  • Lightweight travel towel
  • Small amount of cash
  • Spare swim hat
  • Ear plugs and spares (if you use them)