Sunday 25th July 2021, Herne Bay, Kent

The Herne Bay Pier to Pier swim is a 750m, 1.5km or 3km, chip timed sea swim, for both experienced and inexperienced sea swimmers to complete in a sheltered course along the coast to Herne Bay’s iconic 19th Century Pier.

Sunday 25th July 2021


The 5th Herne Bay Pier to Pier Swim


The event is about you and the sea, we don’t provide a medal, t-shirt or goody bag but focus on the elements that our swimmers say they value the most. Your event fee pays for the event services and none of the often unnecessary extras, which means it’s better for the environment too.

Our focus is on ensuring the event is safe and well managed. Coast lifeguards will be present in the sea and along the shore at all times, with additional First Aid cover provided. With chip timing we believe we have the right mix to make an awesome swim experience.




“It’s great to have an event in Kent, like this.

I am once again looking forward to swimming at the Pier to Pier swim for the fourth time in 2021. I use it as training prep for my big races and is a great opportunity to race in the town/seafront I grew up in.”

yiannis christodolou, 2019 National and european age group aquathlon champion and local athlete



Where is the swim?

The fifth Active Life Pier to Pier Swim will be taking place between Hampton Pier and Herne Bay’s iconic 19th Century Pier.


Find us at:

Hampton Pier,

Hampton Pier Avenue


Herne Bay

CT6 8DY.

What time is the Swim?


Registration will open at 12:00 and close at 13:20.

Swim Briefing:

All participants will need to attend an event briefing on the day to point out key information and ensure participants understand the course. These will take place at 13:25, 13:30 and 11:35. You will be notified in the pre-event information which briefing you need to attend, but the intention will be for the 3km swimmers to have their briefing first.

Swim Start:

There will be a few minutes for swimmers to acclimatise and warm up in the water before the air horn starts each swim distance.

3000m: 13:45

1500m: 13:55

750m: 14:00

What distances are available?

We offer a 750m swim, a 1500m swim and a 3000m swim.

The 750m swim will leave from Hampton Pier, head out towards Herne Bay Pier and turn around a large triangular buoy 375m from the start line.

The 1500m swim will leave from Hampton Pier, head out towards Herne Bay Pier and turn around a large triangular buoy 750m from the start line.

The 3000m swim will leave from Hampton Pier all the way to Herne Bay Pier, turning around a large triangular buoy just short of the Pier itself and returning close to the shore back to Hampton Pier.

Are there any restrictions for the swim?

Swimmers need to be aged at least 14 years of age on the 19th July 2020.

If the temperature of the water is 15°C or above, wetsuits are optional. If you choose not to wear a wetsuit, you must use a tow-float for safety reasons.

If the water temperature is under 15°C, wetsuits are compulsory. On the 19th July 2019 the water temperature was 17.1°C.

What does my swim entry include?
  • Full water safety cover
  • Chip timing for all finishers
  • Specific wave swim hat 
  • Full lifeguard and medical support
  • A supervised bag storage area 
  • A six part open water training guide from Outdoor Swimmer
What facilities are available?

There is a beach shower near Herne Bay Pier, there are toilets inside the registration building and in the car park outside.

The Hat’s Hat’s coffee van (Hattie) will be onsite throughout the event, serving hot drinks and snacks.

We will provide a bag drop that will be staffed throughout the event. However, we would request that any real valuables are not brought to the event.

There is parking at Swalecliffe Avenue Car Park and there is plenty of on street free parking available on most of the side roads around Hampton

How much does it cost?

Early Bird Prices: Available until 30th April 2021

750m swim: £20.00

1500m swim: £22.00

3000m swim: £25.00

Standard Entry Prices: Available from the 1st May until all places have been sold

750m swim: £25.00

1500m swim: £27.00

3000m swim: £30.00


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