SATURDAY, 16 FEBRUARY 2019
We tried very hard to do this swim last year but it wasn't meant to be! We don't give up that easily and we're trying again this year. This is a gentle swim (1.3km) to start off your open water swimming year. A sandy bottom and clear water make this swim exceptionally good for beginners. In addition, we're not going to go very far from the shore, so no tides to worry about! As the cherry on top of the cake, we have access to the Glenuig Community Hall, which means a bowl of soup and a cup of coffee inside for a change!
ABOUT THE SWIM
A gentle swim to start the year. At 1.3km, this is a really approachable swim and an ideal first swim for beginners. The starting point is a short walk from the Community hall to a beach nearby and then participants swim back to Glenuig beach. with access to the Community Hall to change after the swim. This way we are actually following the tide, which will help swimmers.
With a swim in February, swimmers should expect low water temperatures, possibly around 5-10 degrees. For more experienced swimmers, this would be perfect as training to acclimatise for longer swims later in the year (such as the Sound of Mull, which we will be running in June!). There is no minimum age to participate, but swimmers under 16 must have a parent present. Parent does not need to participate in the swim, but must be present throughout the event.
If you need any more reasons to come to Glenuig, then we have Colleen Blair as a guest speaker after the swim. Colleen is joining us in the water, and then she's going to share her adventures crossing The Big Minch last year, when she was the first person to swim from the Isle of Lewis to the Scottish mainland. It took her 18 hours, 46 minutes 28 seconds, so it was definitely no easy swim! If you missed, you can read all about it on the BBC news or watch the The Adventure Show about the crossing.
REGISTRATION AND FEES
All registrations for swims must be done online. The deadline to register for the Glenuig swim is Saturday, 9th February. 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 SKINS
Participants 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
Take the A861 to Glenuig. When you get to Glenuig, turn onto the single track road and the Community Hall is on the right just after the Glenuig Inn. Parking in the Hall is free, but the car park is small, so please park with consideration for other swimmers.
We welcome swimmers with disabilities. Feel free to talk to us about your needs – contact Alex at firstname.lastname@example.org 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 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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.