SATURDAY, 5 OCTOBER 2019
This is the third time we cross the Corran Narrows and it has become one of our most popular swims. At 380m, it may be a short swim, but it's not without its challenges as you can always feel the tide pulling... and not in the direction you want to swim! This is a short swim, but it may not be indicated for absolute beginners as there is a certain degree of difficulty to cross and, in October, the water will be getting cold.
ABOUT THE SWIM
The swim distance across is approximately 380m. Swimmers can swim just one way or both ways – please let us know at registration what you wish to do. Crossing one way would suit most swimmers, but we recommend swimming back for more experienced swimmers as there is a constant undertow current always pulling. Those that decide to swim only one way can return on the ferry as a passenger (free).
There is minimum age for swimmers, but participants under 16 must have a parent present. The parent doesn't have to do the swim, but needs to be present throughout the event. Swimmers with disabilities are also welcome - please contact Alex on firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
All registrations for swims must be done online. The deadline to register for the Corran swim is Saturday, 28th September. No registrations will be accepted after this deadline - if you would like a reminder, simply join our mailing list and we'll send you an email a few days before the deadline.
As a charity, we try to keep our registrations fees as low as possible to ensure everybody can attend our events. This year, our registration fee will be £10 for this swim, which will be automatically added to your total when you register. If you register for more than one swim, you will have £10 added to the total for each swim you want to do.
This money covers for all our expenses during the year, including public liability insurance, fuel for the boat and the maintenance of this website. Volunteers and trustees do not get paid anything. Please watch the video to find out where your money goes.
SUPPORT A GREAT CAUSE
After 3 years of raising money towards Children with Cancer UK, this year we decided to change to The Brain Tumour Charity. This has become a charity close to our hearts, as Ally Connolly, one of our trustees, is currently fighting a brain tumour. >
The Brain Tumour Charity is the world’s leading brain tumour charity and the largest dedicated funder of research into brain tumours globally. Committed to saving and improving lives, they’re moving further, faster to help every single person affected by a brain tumour. Their aim is to find new treatments, offering the highest level of support and driving urgent change. Why not find out more about what they do?
KEEPING YOU SAFE
For every event, we have an exceptional safety team accompanying the swimmers throughout the swim. This will include several kayaks and at least one safety boat with dry robes on board in case swimmers need to be pulled out of the water. In addition, we have a defibrillator ready to use and, whenever possible, the support of a local nurse.
All these details, as well as any risks particular to this swim will be highlighted during the safety brief held about 20 minutes before the start of the swim. It's important that all swimmers make time to listen to the brief. You can read more about possible risks and what we do to minimise them here
We believe tow-floats help our safety team follow swimmers in the water, improving visibility to others and support should swimmers need to rest or require assistance. This means all participants need to have a tow-float. It can pink, if you want! In addition, it can be a place to carry some of your personal belongings, as some tow-floats include a small dry area.
WETSUITS OR SKINSParticipants can swim in a wetsuit or in skins. It's up to each individual swimmer to decide how they want to do the swim. At registration, we ask if you're wearing a wetsuit or swimming in skins just to know numbers and assess any changes we may need to do to our cover to ensure the safety of all swimmers.
WARM-UP AFTER THE SWIM
To help you warm-up after the swim, we have a delicious choice of homemade soups, as well as tea/coffees. Soups are usually vegetarian, but ask before you chose. Don't be in a rush to leave, and stay for a bowl of soup and a chat - we also run a raffle after the swim, so you may find you even win a prize. Prizes include swimming equipment, or Highland Open Water Swim stuff from our shop. Don't forget to ask for your raffle tickets!
TRAVEL AND PARKING
Follow the A82 until Corran, and then take the A861 for the ferry. There is some parking near the ferry, but spaces are limited. It's important that parking does not obstruct ferry queue area on the downward hill to car park. We suggest parking at the top overflow area as not to disrupt the ferry service. Please park responsibly and with consideration. We also have permission for additional parking nearby on the A82, which is only a 5 minute walk to registration, or there is also parking on the Ardgour side.
We welcome swimmers with disabilities. Feel free to talk to us about your needs – contact Alex at email@example.com prior to registration and we will accommodate you based on your needs. Please , if you have any concerns about your ability to take part in this event seek doctor’s advice before taking part and declare anything which our safety team would need to be aware.
From kayakers to soup-makers, our events are run by a (very!) small army of dedicated volunteers, who offer their time and expertise to keep everybody safe and happy during the swim. We are always looking for help, and if you would like to join the team (even if it's for just one event), please contact Alex at firstname.lastname@example.org Volunteers receive no payment, but can get as many cups of coffee as they want! We are grateful for any help, as these events would not happen without your support.
SOMETHING WE MISSED?
If you still have any questions, please contact Alex on email@example.com and we'll reply as soon as we can. You can also keep in touch via our Facebook page or sign up for our mailing list.