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The swim has proved very popular in past years and as predicted, we have received a huge number of applications for 2018.  The ballot will take place over the next couple of weeks and successful applicants will be advised late November/early December.

The swim offers competent swimmers the unique opportunity of a one-mile open water swim in the popular Camel estuary under controlled conditions. All entrants must be capable of swimming at least one mile in open water

The swim is from the Sea Cadet slipway in Padstow (near the start of the Camel Trail) to the RNLI slipway in Rock. There are two waves of swimmers:

  ...the first wave is for Elite swimmers who can complete the swim in a  maximum of 30 minutes

  ...the second wave is for non-elite swimmers who can complete the swim in a maximum of one hour


Wet suits are mandatory for all swimmers, but don't forget you can rent one from many of the surf shops in the major surf resorts nearby. 

Due to safety considerations, numbers for each wave of swimmers is limitedAll swimmers will be provided with a high visibility swim cap.


Swimmers are accompanied by safety boats, canoeists and boarders, all of whom can provide assistance if a swimmer needs to be taken out of the water. And medical assistance is available if required.

Each swimmer receives a certificate and T-shirt on completion of the swim, as well as a pasty and bottle of waterAnd we even give you a ferry ticket to get back to Padstow!

© Padstow Rock Swim Organising Committee 2017