Sign up for the Bournemouth Pier to Pier Swim
Sunday 16 July 2017
Bournemouth Pier to Boscombe Pier
Join thousands of other swimmers supporting the fight against heart disease by taking on this unforgettable swimming challenge.
| Under 16's
Entry registration for Under 16's can be done by downloading an entry form
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 send in at least £150 (excluding gift aid) in sponsorship money by 1st June 2017, 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 16'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.
Your Bournemouth Pier to Pier entry includes
- Full water safety cover
- Swim hat, 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: 0845 130 8663
Email: [email protected]
(Monday - Friday 09:00 - 17:00)
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 1 June 2017, 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 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 Swim
Swimmers of all abilities are welcome at the Bournemouth Pier to Pier 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.
Join us on Facebook
Join the Bournemouth Pier to Pier Facebook event page for event updates and share your experiences with other swimmers!
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.
||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.
Join us on Facebook
Join the Bournemouth Pier to Pier Swim Facebook page and get event information, updates and share training tips and stories with other swimmers.
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.
The 500 Club
If you have £500 or more (excluding GiftAid) pledged by your supporters on your JustGiving page, you'll be eligible to join the 500 Club and receive our exclusive BHF top which can then be worn during your specific challenge.
For teams to be eligible, there must be at least £500 or more online sponsorship pledged per person, per team along with the names of all eligible entries.
Details of how to claim your 500 club top will soon be released - keep checking the page for more information.
We can't wait to welcome you to the club!