Windermere 2023 Pod Swims – New Look


Our Windermere 2023 pod swims have a brand new look, places are now limited to 12 swimmers of equal pace per event  which will ensure all swimmers enjoy their day and swim without the stress of having to keep up with faster or drop back for, slower paced swimmers.

To help you reach the end of your marathon swim successfully we will provide you with access to an SYS coach and a training plan tailored to your swim speed. Your coach will then be with you on the day, there to encourage and to celebrate the completion of your swim.


2K Pod Swim 6th August  – Register Here – Coach Joe Thomas 

2.5k Pod Swim 13th August – Register Here – Coach Angela Davison 

3K Pod Swim 20th August  – Register Here – Coach Jane Crosby 

3.5k Pod Swim 27th August – Register Here – Coach Jane Mintoft


Windermere is the largest natural lake in  England at a staggering 10.5 miles long.  This end-2-end swim is one of the most iconic in the Open Water season.

The swims will start early on Sunday throughout August from the marina in Fell Foot Park, at the southern end of the lake, and then follow a course north, finishing at Waterhead, Ambleside.  The swim will be approximately 16/17km in length – 10.5miles.

Swimyourswim operate these swims as ‘challenges’ rather than ‘races’ and accordingly have a long track-record of providing excellent safe events.  Core to the safety of the event are the ‘swim-pods’ that each swimmer is allocated to – small groups of swimmers (of similar ability and speeds) that can support each other to successfully complete the swim.

The team from Swimyourswim will be providing full safety support on the day.

Swimyourswim events are small, friendly and tailored to ensure YOU complete YOUR swim – so they are ideal for those new to open water events.ª

The Swimyourswim team will be in Windermere over the weekend of the swim – if you are hoping to be one of our Swim Windermere swimmers there will be a compulsory swim briefing on the Sunday morning BEFORE the swim – Swim Windermere swimmers MUST attend this. (08.00 at Fell Foot Park Visitors Centre).

Certificates will be presented after all swimmers have exited the water.

If you would like more information about this swim, and what we would recommend as minimum swim requirements please email us on

Please complete the REGISTRATION FORM below to save your place on this swim.

Once you have registered and paid for your place on this swim the SYS team will be in touch with a SYS Event Pack. The Swimmers pack will contain a few more details about the swim to help you get ready for the event.

ª Open water swimming is a serious sport with a number of risks involved.  SYS will need to ensure that all swimmers meet the right levels of open-water swimming competency, and that there is no medical reason as to why a swimmer should not participate.

SYS reserve the right to bar a swimmer from taking part, before and/or during the event, should they feel that a swimmer is unable to complete the swim without endangering themselves or others.  Should a swimmer be removed from the event there would be NO return of fees already paid.

In the event of the swim being cancelled due to poor weather conditions or other incidents that are beyond the control of the SYS team, SYS will endeavour to re-arrange the swim at another time in the year*.

Once a swim has been booked no refunds will be available, but your place may be transferable to another swimmer who meets all the SYS swim criteria.  If you have to relinquish your place please contact us immediately on

Your place on the swim will not be confirmed until full payment is received by SYS.  Should you be unable to make the full payment for the swim your place may be offered to someone else.

*SYS will do their VERY best to re-run events that have to be called off for these reasons but there is no guarantee that this can be achieved within the same year, we will endeavour to run the cancelled event the day after or in the case of the pod swims the following weekend if logistically possible.  We would hate for an event/swim to be completely cancelled, but think it best that you know there is a chance of this happening from the outset.  Refunds in this instance would be at the discretion of the SYS team.  In all situations a full deferral will be available.
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