SALEN, LOCH SUNART
SATURDAY, 18 APRIL 2020
DUE TO THE CURRENT SITUATION WITH COVID-19, THIS IS SWIM IS NOW CANCELLED. WE MAY BE ABLE TO RESCHEDULE, BUT WE'RE NOT SURE AT THIS STAGE. PLEASE CONTACT US IF YOU NEED A REFUND.
Our first ever visit to Salen, Loch Sunart. This is an ideal swim both for beginners and more experience swimmers, as participants will be able to chose the distance they would like to swim. And, as the cherry on top of the cake, we'll have access to the hall at Salen for a warm bowl of soup and a cup of coffee.
ABOUT THE SWIM
This is our first visit to Salen, Loch Sunart. This is an ideal swim for both beginners and more experienced swimmers as there will be different distances to suit your abilities: 600m or 1200m. In addition, we'll have access to the hall in Salen, for a warm bowl of soup and a cup of coffee.
The swim is scheduled to start at 2pm, but this is still subject to confirmation. Final details, including registration and parking availability, will be emailed to those who have registered for the swim.
There is no minimum age, but swimmers under 16 must have a parent present. The parent does not need to do the swim, but must be present throughout the event. We also welcome swimmers with disabilities - please contact Alex on firstname.lastname@example.org
All registrations for swims must be done online. Usually, registrations close one week before each event, but this may close sooner for popular swims. 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 is the second year that we support The Brain Tumour Charity. This has become a charity close to our hearts, as Ally Connolly, a former trustee, 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
To get to Salen, take the Corran ferry and turn right. Follow the A861 for approximately 25 miles, the turn right onto the B8007 to Salen. Salen Hall is the small green building about 500m down the road.
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 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.