Sunday 30th July 2023
The 7th 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.
There were some quick swimmers at the Pier to Pier but it is also great to see so many first time sea swimmers completing it. It takes me back to my first ever sea swim. I use the event now as training prep for my big races and is a great opportunity to race in the town/seafront I grew up in.”
Where is the swim?
The seventh 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 Avenue
What time is the Swim?
Registration will open at 09:00 and close at 10:00.
All participants will need to attend an event briefing on the day to point out key information and ensure participants understand the course.
The 3km briefing will take place at 10:10, the 1.5km briefing will take place at 10:15 and the 750m briefing at 10:20
There will be a few minutes for swimmers to acclimatise and warm up in the water before the air horn starts each swim distance.
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 close of the Pier 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 30th July 2023.
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. You will need to provide your own tow float.
If the water temperature is under 15°C, wetsuits are compulsory. On the 30th July 2022 the water temperature was 17.0°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
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.
There is catering 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 2023
750m swim: £22.00
1500m swim: £24.00
3000m swim: £27.00
Standard Entry Prices: Available from the 1st May 2023 until all places have been sold
750m swim: £26.00
1500m swim: £28.00
3000m swim: £31.00
* We use the British Triathlon booking system so some of the booking questions ask questions relating to the sport of triathlon. When entering the event there is an automatic swim insurance added to your entry fee, if you are a British Triathlon member this fee will be taken off and your entry fee will be £2 less.
Do you offer any Sea Swim Training?
We provide both beginner and intermediate sea swim lessons from April through to August. The Beginner courses are 2 pool and 4 sea sessions and the Intermediate courses are 6hrs of both theory and practical sea swimming delivered over a weekend. For more information about the courses visit: https://events.bookitbee.com/active-life-ltd/