It is expected that The Classic swimmers will take around 30 minutes, the Beat The Tide swimmers will take around 90 minutes, and the Escape To Aberdovey swimmers will take around 2 hours.
PLEASE NOTE - the actual start times will be decided on the day based on conditions.
For the CLASSIC we recommend that swimmers are able to swim 1.5km confidently. There will be a very gentle flow on the end of the incoming tide which will turn and start to ebb around about when you turn. Expect to take between 25-40 minutes to complete the swim.
For the BEAT THE TIDE we recommend that swimmers are able to swim 4km confidently. You will start before the Classic thus catching a bit more flow of the incoming tide... but you are going much further than them! The tide will start to ebb at "the castle" hopefully just when you reach it. But do be prepared for some swimming against the tide as the timing won't suit all swimmers. Although it's not the longest distance this may be the toughest swim due to the effect of the tide.
For the ESCAPE TO ABERDOVEY we recommend that swimmers can swim 4km confidently. Although it's the longest distance it is the more straight forward in terms of tide. You will "jump ship" at High Tide and start your swim just as the ebb starts. The flow will be insignificant for the first 2km, you will start to notice some flow around Trefri ("the castle"). It will build past Picnic Island, Penhelig Corner and by the time you get to the Jetty there'll be no doubt that the tide is well and truly going out!
Get in touch if you would like coaching in any aspect of open water swimming, be it confidence building, tips for sighting, technique in rough water, choice of wetsuit or tidal planning.
Registration will take place from 08:30 until 10:00 on Saturday 29th September 2018 at Dovey Yacht Club which is the event headquarters for the swims. This is located next to the RNLI building, facing the Jetty, the postcode is LL35 0EB. There is a big car park just passed the RNLI building. Hopefully the registration desks will be outside (weather permitting!).
All swimmers will need to attend the race briefing at 10:20, you will be told at registration where the briefing will take place.
If strong winds occur they can create significant waves and chop so come mentally prepared. The water temperature will be around 14-15 Celsius. Getting out in open water in June, July, August is the best way to prepare for this. It's also a good idea to practise swimming in some rough water just in case the wind picks up. If you need help with this get in touch.
SUITS & SKINS
Wetsuit and "Skin" swimmers are welcomed. Skin swimmers do need to apply to swim in skins. In granting permission to swim in skins, we are looking for evidence of a similar amount of time swimming in similar temperature of water (15 degrees or lower).
Please note that should the event be cancelled due to extreme conditions which include high winds and heavy rain impeding the view of the swimmers by the safety cover, or unexpected pollution in the water, no refunds will be given.
CHALLENGE BY CHOICE
By entering an Aberdovey Swim event you agree that you know of no reason, medical or otherwise, why you shouldn't be able to safely finish the event. Although we have organised full safety cover and procedures for the event you are fully aware that you will be in an outdoor environment that is dynamic, you also agree that you enter the event at your own risk.
If you would like any advice or re-assurances on which event is right for you then please do not hesitate to get in touch with Mike Alexander via email@example.com or 07725416134.
We are super exited to have HEAD Swimming on board as our event sponsors. They will be providing prizes for the top 3 finishers in each of the three swims.
SUPPORT OUR SUPPORT
Formed in Aberdovey in 1941 as a Sea School, The Outward Bound Trust sits alongside the Dovey estuary. The estuary has played a great part in many water-based adventures for young people form all walks of life. The Outward Bound Trust continues to give inspirational opportunities for young people to develop through experiencing real adventure & challenge in the wild. Indeed The Outward Bound Trust played their part in inspiring Aberdovey Swim and will be supporting the event.
The RNLI's Aberdovey Lifeboat Station forms an active and significant part of the village and their volunteer crew will be helping us on the day with safety cover. The Aberdovey lifeboat station has operated for nearly 140 years. They used to launch in rowing boats but now they have an inshore Class B Atlantic 75 lifeboat that operates in the waters of Cardigan Bay.
The Surf Life Saving Association of Wales is the largest volunteer organisation for ocean safety and rescue work in Wales. Our goal is "to prevent the loss of life through drowning”.
Surf Life Saving originated in Australia in the early 1900s with the growth of seaside towns and the interest in swimming. Surf Life Saving was then introduced into Great Britain in 1955 in Bude, St Agnes in Cornwall and Brighton in Sussex. Clubs were formed in Wales during the mid 1960s at Aberavon, Atlantic College , Barry, St Johns , Llantwit Major, Pen-y-bont, Porthmawr & Rhoose. Commander Charles Thomson as the driving force, formed Surf Life Saving Association WALES in 1969.
The nearest SLS Club to Aberdovey is Aberystwyth SLSC, hopefully one day there will be a joint Aberdovey & Tywyn SLSC.
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