Sunday 12 July 2020
Bournemouth Pier to Boscombe Pier
Take on our classic Bournemouth Pier to Pier Swim on Sunday 12 July 2020. 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.
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(18 years and above)
(14-17 year olds)
You must be 14 years old to take part in the swim, anyone under 18 can't swim alone, they must be accompanied by an adult in the water for the duration of the event.
Check out photos from our Bournemouth Pier to Pier Swim 2019
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 you to set a target of at least £200 from the swim.
Please be aware that your swim packs will be sent out no sooner than four weeks prior to the event.
Your Bournemouth Pier to Pier entry includes
- Full water safety cover
- Branded swim hat
- Timing chip and wristband to wear during the swim
- Luggage transport from start to finish location
- A training guide from Outdoor Swimmer
- Fundraising support
- Full lifeguard and medical support
- A medal and recorded swim time for all finishers
- A complimentary hot drink and 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.
Become a champion fundraiser and make sure you're ready for the day
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 £200.
Did you know that the easiest way to get sponsored is by setting up a JustGiving fundraising page? Share your page on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, WhatsApp groups, Tumblr, Pinterest, over email and to your family and friends.
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
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 and can be challenging.
Team GB swimmer Keri-Anne Payne shares her top training tips.
For more expert tips, training schedules and advice, visit our training zone.
Outdoor Swimmer have created a bespoke training guide for the Bournemouth Pier to Pier Swim - available to download.
Make sure you have the right kit
For safety reasons, you'll need to wear the swim hat, timing chip and wristband we send you. We recommend wearing a wetsuit, although 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.
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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.