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Entries open for 2km Seahorse Swim 2014 distance

Sunday 22 June 2014 – Knoll Beach, Studland

With the 3.8km race distance full, we are pleased to announce applications to enter a 2km event distance are now OPEN..

East Dorset Open Water Swimming Club is organising its fifth open water swim across Studland Bay, near Swanage on the Isle of Purbeck, Dorset, by kind permission of the National Trust and in support of the Seahorse Trust. The 2km event will be held concurrently with the 3.8km swim, and in affiliation with the BLDSA for wetsuit and non wetsuit competitors, aged 16/O.

Start: from Knoll Beach, Studland peninsula
Distance: 2km
Registration: 8am to 9am
Briefing: 9.15am
Start Time: 10am
Entry Fee – £32, or £35 inclusive of temporary BLDSA Day Membership
Awards to the fastest male / female swimmers in both wetsuit and non wetsuit categories.

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Club Members

Our thriving Club is supported entirely by volunteers – people like you! Even if you don't fancy a dip in the sea, we can always do with more help.You could:

– walk the beach, ensuring swimmers have a safe enjoyable experience
– man one of our safety canoes as a qualified lifeguard.
– take the register so we know all our swimmers are accounted for
– help prepare refreshments and hot drinks.

And if that hasn't whetted your appetite, Gerry Griffin will happily get you involved

You can contact Gerry by email: Gerry-Wareham2003@hotmail.co.uk

Join Us

We are a group of open water swimming enthusiasts of varying abilities. Our members range from competitive swimmers and triathletes to social swimmers who enjoy swimming in relative safety with like-minded people. Swimmers are organised into small groups of similar abilities. When possible, the club arranges for safety cover in the form of accompanying kayaks and beach walking observers

Tuesday sessions for Club Members will recommence on 15 April 2014 through to September and Sunday sessions for experienced club open water swimmers begin on 4 May 2014. Initial taster swims are only available on the first Tuesday of the month, commencing 6 May 2014 through to August. You will find more information on the Club and how to join under the About menu tab.

If you can swim continuously for a minimum of 30 minutes, why not give Gerry, our Membership Secretary a call on 01929 556 009 or simply click on the Contact menu tab and leave us a message.

Seahorse Swim 2013 from John Bolton on Vimeo.


Studland Beach
The fifth East Dorset Open Water SC 3.8km Seahorse Swim will take place on 22 June 2014 near Knoll Beach, Studland.
- Entries open on 13 Jan
– Held by kind permission of the National Trust, in support of the Seahorse Trust.
– This is not an ASA event.
– You will find videos from previous Swims under the Gallery tab. Follow the menu links.
Click for 2013 report and results; 2012 press release and 2012 results; 2011 swim results and 2010 press release and results.

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Seahorse Swim

earlyseuipss2010 Entries open for 2km Seahorse Swim 2014 distance

Sunday 22 June 2014 – Knoll Beach, Studland

With the 3.8km race distance full, we are pleased to announce applications to enter a 2km event distance are now OPEN..

East Dorset Open Water Swimming Club is organising its fifth open water swim across Studland Bay, near Swanage on the Isle of Purbeck, Dorset, by kind permission of the National Trust and in support of the Seahorse Trust. The 2km event will be held concurrently with the 3.8km swim, and in affiliation with the BLDSA for wetsuit and non wetsuit competitors, aged 16/O.

Start: from Knoll Beach, Studland peninsula
Distance: 2km
Registration: 8am to 9am
Briefing: 9.15am
Start Time: 10am
Entry Fee – £32, or £35 inclusive of temporary BLDSA Day Membership
Awards to the fastest male / female swimmers in both wetsuit and non wetsuit categories.

Events

Calendar-Icon150 Provisional Events Calendar 2014

The calendar is regularly updated – please check back for new listings and when provided, events on British Swimming calendar * (with contact details of officials organiser).

The club meets at Shore Road in Poole (just east of Sandbanks) on Tuesdays 6.00 pm for a 6.15 pm swim. The first swim of the 2014 season for Club members will be on 15 April. Naturally the decision to swim is subject to weather and sea conditions. Contact Gerry Griffin for further details. Sunday swims for Club members who are experienced open water swimmers recommence on 4 May 2014 (same time and place).

Please note initial taster sessions are only available on the first Tuesday of each month (commencing May to September). If bad weather prevents this on the first Tuesday, it will be on the following Tuesday.

* means Club targeted

Competitions

Preston Beach ASA SW & Dorset ASA Open Water Events 2014

28/29 June 2014 – Preston Beach Weymouth
Various distances and taster swim

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Audio

Headphones Sport Relief 2014 on BBC Radio Solent

BBC Radio Solent’s Bob Diggles swam in the four ‘mouths’ of the South: Portsmouth, Yarmouth, Bournemouth and Weymouth, ran up the highest hills in south Hampshire, Dorset and the Isle of Wight, and cycled the 250 miles in between… all in one week for Sport Relief 2014!