Sign up for the Bournemouth Pier to Pier Swim
Sunday 15 July 2018
Bournemouth Pier to Boscombe Pier
Join thousands of other swimmers supporting the fight against heart disease by taking on this unforgettable open water swimming challenge.
Your entry fee covers the cost of organising the event, but it's the money you raise that powers our life saving research, so we ask our heart swimmer to set themselves a target of at least £150.
As a special incentive, for those of you who raise at least £150 (excluding gift aid) in sponsorship by the event day, you'll be classed as a star swimmer and will be rewarded with a special swim hat that you can wear with pride during the event.
Please be aware that your swim packs will be sent out no sooner than four weeks prior to the event.
You must be at least 14 years old to take part in Bournemouth Pier to Pier Swim. Under 18's must be accompanied by an adult at all times, and anyone under 18 will need to complete a digital entry form and send it back to us.
If you would prefer a paper registration form, please download the form here and email it to [email protected].
Your Bournemouth Pier to Pier entry includes
- Full water safety cover
- New for 2018 - Branded swim hat
- Timing chip and wristband to wear during the swim
- Luggage transport from start to finish location
- Training guidance
- Fundraising support
- Medical support
- A medal and recorded swim time for all finishers
- A complimentary hot drink and bottle of water at the finish
If you would like more information about this event please get in touch.
Telephone: 0300 330 3322 (Monday - Friday 09:00 - 17:00)
Email: [email protected]
The event takes place very near Bournemouth Town Centre and there are plenty of pay and display car parks nearby. Follow the signs as you approach the town, and remember to bring some change with you.
Bournemouth Pier Approach,
There are plenty of car parks in the town centre, which is near Bournemouth pier. Follow parking signs once you reach the town centre.
By public transport
Bournemouth rail and bus stations are a 20 minute walk away, or just a five minute taxi ride.
Your entry fee covers the cost of organising the event, but it's the money you raise that powers our life saving research, so our fundraising target for this event is at least £150. As a special incentive, for those of you who send in at least £150 (excluding gift aid) in sponsorship money by the the event day, you’ll be classed as a star swimmer and will be rewarded with a special swim hat that you can wear with pride during the event.
Did you know - the easiest way to get sponsored is by setting up a JustGiving fundraising page? Share your page on Facebook, Twitter (#bp2p) and by email so your family and friends can sponsor you.
Set up your fundraising page
Take a look at our fundraising tips for more inspirational ideas to boost your fundraising.
Get fit for your Bournemouth Pier to Pier Open Water Swim
Swimmers of all abilities are welcome at the Bournemouth Pier to Pier open water swim, however, we strongly recommend training for this event particularly if you are not familiar with sea swimming. It is quite different from swimming in the local pool.
Team GB swimmer Keri-Anne Payne shares her top training tips.
For more expert tips, training schedules and advice, visit our training zone.
Being active is an important part of reducing your risk of developing cardiovascular disease. Get more heart health tips.
Make sure you have the right kit
For safety reasons, you'll need to wear the swim hat and wristband we send you, and we recommend wearing a wetsuit (though this isn't compulsory).
Take a look at our recommended kit list for what to wear on the day, and what to bring with you. You'll receive your participant number in the post just before the event.
Volunteer for us
Our events cannot happen without the help of our fantastic volunteers. If you would like to help out in the lead up to this event or on event day then please get in touch with us and we will send you more information.
2017 and 2018 Timings
||Information point opens
||Check-in and safety briefing (Yellow hat swim)
||Event starts (Yellow hat swim)
||Check-in and safety briefing (Red hat swim)
||Event starts (Red hat swim)
The Bournemouth Pier to Pier course
Setting off from Bournemouth Pier, you'll swim 1.4 miles parallel to the shore as you make your way to the finish line at Boscombe Pier. Lifeguards will be present in the sea and along the shore at all times, and full First Aid cover will be provided by St. Johns Ambulance.
Changing facilities in the public toilets are available at Bournemouth Pier. There will be a luggage transport service to take your belongings to the finish – One small piece of luggage only please and remember to attach the luggage label provided. There are toilets available at both start and finish locations.
Refreshments can be purchased from the many cafes at Bournemouth and Boscombe Piers. All participants will receive water and a free hot drink once their swim is completed.
Your friends are family are very welcome to join in cheering at the finish line at Boscombe Pier. Ask them to look the part and ramp up the red! We are afraid that dogs are not welcome at this event.
Well done to our amazing Heart Swimmers
Well done to our 2017 Heart Swimmers.
Swimming times can be found on the FR Systems Ltd Website
Now's a great time to give your JustGiving page
another push. Let everyone know how you got on and ask them to sponsor you.
If you haven't started fundraising yet, there’s still time to set up your online fundraising page
and collect sponsorship – it’s the easiest way to raise money to help power research.
Don't forget once you have collected all your sponsorship - pay in your fundraising
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Join us next year
We hope you had a great swim this year, and if you'd like to register again, you can sign up today.