This application form must be returned by 19 August 2018.
The Exmoor Open Water Swim in association with The Pickwell Foundation is a mass participation event aimed at giving all people the opportunity to swim outdoors in the stunning location of Wimbleball Lake (2km or 4km). Whilst we have a minimum competency requirement for the 2km and 4km distances (being able to swim 1-mile in a pool in under 45 minutes), most competitors will swim whilst wearing a full wetsuit (by full wetsuit we mean neoprene from cuff to ankle).
In 2018 we have introduced a longer 6km course, combing loops of both the 2km and 4km courses – for “elite” swimmers only (capable of swimming 1-mile in a pool in under 28 minutes). This is to ensure that swimmers are not in the water for longer than 2-hours – there is a cut-off time to complete the 2km loop of 45 minutes. For all distances we recognise that some swimmers, who swim regularly without a full wetsuit in open water, would also like to take part without wearing a wetsuit for this event.
To do so we require sufficient background information to broadly assess your recent experience of swimming without a wetsuit for both the water temperature and swim distance (in September 2017 the water temperature at Wimbleball Lake was 16.1oC). Please note, the ambient temperature will also have an impact on the perceived temperature at the end of the swim. In the unlikely event that we refuse your application, you will be offered a full refund unless you choose to compete with a wetsuit (this must be confirmed at least two weeks in advance).
Thanks – the Team at Exmoor Open Water Swim.
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