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Swim one mile from Padstow to Rock, across the Camel Estuary, and raise money for charity.


The 2019 swim will be held on Sunday 14 July on the late afternoon tide.


There are still spaces available in the Elite Swim, but the Non-Elite swim is full and there is a wait list.  




Click on the link to download the entry form:  https://www.mariecurie.org.uk/get-involved/charity-events/swimming/padstow-to-rock






2018 swim: Another great success!


“It will be a challenging swim for all Swimmers”, said Peter Tamblin, the Swim Coordinator and Swim Committee Chairman, at the pre-swim brief. Peter continues

“The wind was from the, S S West, bringing a little top chop to the river. However, it was considered to be acceptable, but all Swimmers were strongly briefed to follow the buoyed out route and not try to swim a seemingly more direct route.”


At approximately 17:00hrs some 124 Elite swimmers set off in their red hats, creating quite a white water spectacle as they followed the lead Rib with other safety craft all around them. 


At approximately 17:30hrs, it was the turn of the Non Elites, who had viewed the progress of the Elites, and thus understood the importance of following the briefed course, to make their start. Off they went, some 250 of them, making an even bigger splash, although a little more slowly than the first Wave, again guided by the lead Rib and escorted by safety canoes and powered ribs.


They all made it across, though some needed a little help on the way, and arrived at Rock with a feeling of great satisfaction, and all were given a tumultuous welcome by family and friends. At Rock they were received their Iconic Swim T shirt, a pasty, a certificate and water if they required it.


The Corporate Trophy was shared between Jo Downs Glass and the Padstow Brewing Company, and the Hawkins Trophy for endeavour was awarded to Ali Burgess from Sharp's Brewery.


If the all the pledges to Swimmers are honored, then the 2018 total may approach the 2107 figure, but we shall have to wait and see. The monies raised will support the local Marie Curie Nursing Service. Marie Curie Nurses work night and day, in people’s homes across the UK, providing hands-on care and vital emotional support for patients living with a terminal illness.

I would like to give my personal thanks to my amazing Committee, our sponsors of: Mariners Lettings, the Seafood Restaurant, and Sharps Brewery.  Not to be forgotten, the RNLI at Rock, Padstow Harbour Authority,  Padstow Town Council , Padstow Sailing Club,  Rock Sailing Club, Rock Marine Services, Bookers, Brandon Hire, Jo Downs Glass, The Night Ferry, Martin Broadfoot , Sea Salt, Wadebridge Canoe Club, St Austell Canoe Club, The Friday Night Band, and of course ALL OF YOU SWIMMERS – See you in 2019 “


2017 Swim Another huge success, with a total sum of £84,665 raised - again, a huge thank you to everyone involved, swimmers, volunteers and sponsors. 


2016 Swim a huge success with wonderful weather conditions. Thanks to all swimmers who took part, and to the amazing helpers on the day, both onshore and afloat.  


Amount raised from the 2016 swim is over £72,211.  Fantastic achievement.


The profit achieved from the 2015 swim has so far reached a massive £70,100 - a huge increase on the £54,541 raised last year.  And it's all for such a wonderful cause:  Marie Curie.

Congratulations to all our wonderful swimmers who took part in the 2015 swim and achieved this magnificent figure, which is still climbing. 


Thanks are also due to a tireless Committee who work throughout the year to ensure the Swim runs smoothly.  The Committee is helped by literally dozens of volunteers and other organisations who give both their time and support.
Add to this our four sponsors, Mariners Lettings, Sharp’s Brewery, The Seafood Restaurant, and The Metropole Hotel,  and we have a pretty formidable team.  This of course,  would all be to no avail without the Swimmers, both in taking up the challenge of the Swim, and in raising huge amounts of money through personal sponsorship. You are all heroes, and we cannot thank you enough.

2014 swim conditions

 A great swim in near-perfect conditions.  An earlier tide, so not such a high tide, sunshine and very little wind combined to give swimmers some of the easiest conditions for a number of years.  The corporate team from Padstow Brewing Company beat the mighty Sharp's Brewery team in the hard-fought corporate challenge, taking the Hawkins Trophy for endeavour!  Word has it there will be a further team taking part in the corporate challenge in 2015 - look out Padstow Brewing Company!

 Pictures from the 2014 swim are on our Facebook page - feel free to add your own.


Bring your family and friends to cheer you on and enjoy the entertainment at the start and finish. It is also a great event to watch. The swimmers leave from the Padstow slipway outside the Sailing Club/Sea Cadet Unit at the start of the Camel Trail and swim to the RNLI slipway on Rock Beach. A bar and BBQ are open to everyone at the finish in Rock, to provide time and space to exchange swimming stories, rest the limbs and feed the soul!

The Padstow to Rock Swim is all about raising money for charity. Our chosen Charity partner is Marie Curie, an organisation which provides Marie Curie Nurses who care for terminally ill patients in their own homes and their families.

Perhaps you don't fancy swimming but would like to help out? Then we'd be delighted to hear from you! Please get in touch using the Contact Us page.


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Essential Info

The swim will again raise money for Marie Curie







© Padstow Rock Swim Organising Committee 2017