FAQ’s

How long is the swim?

1.5k, 5k and 10k

How much does it cost to enter?

1.5k:

5k:

10k:

What date is the event?

Saturday 26th September, 2020

What is the address?

London Royal Docks Open Water Swimming, Royal Victoria Dock, London E16 1AG

What time is registration?

Registration will open at least 2 hours before the event.  Provisional registration time is 0630am.

What time does the event start?

The provisional start time for the 10k & 5k events is 10am with the 1.5k starting approximately 20 minutes later.  Start times will be confirmed closer to the event.

Will there be feed/drink stations on the course?

Yes, there will be multiple feed stations on the 5k & 10k course.  We will provide hydration and nutrition for swimmers and you will also be able to place a small feed bag at each station

What is the age limit for participants?

10k: Swimmers must be 16 & over on the day of the event

5k: Swimmers must be 16 & over on the day of the event

1.5k: Swimmers must be 12 & over.  Swimmers between the ages of 12-16 will require written parental permission and must wear a wetsuit and use a tow float

When will I receive my event information pack?

2 weeks before the event

I am new to open water swimming, can I take part?

We welcome new swimmers to our event but this is a challenging swim so you will need to start training with plenty of time.  Check out Prepare For the Event for information about sessions at LRDOWS and Training Tips for a 10k completer to computer training plan.  NOWCA also operates at a number of venues around the country.  Find your closest venue here.

Will I need any special equipment?

All swimmers will need a valid NOWCA safety wristband.

10k & 5k swimmers must use a tow float.

Wetsuits are not compulsory for this event except for the 12-16 age group in the 1.5k event.  These swimmers must wear a wetsuit and use a tow float.

Is the water safe to swim in?

Yes it is. NOWCA operates the swimming throughout the year in Royal Victoria Dock and the water is tested every 2 weeks against EU Bathing regulations to ensure the purity is perfect for open water swimming. The water is slightly salty but really clean and pleasant to swim in. You will find that it is a couple of degrees colder than the lakes and more similar to rivers.

Will there be food and drink on site?

Yes, there are a number of options close to the event village.  Crystal Cafe is the closest and will be open on race day.

Are there showers?

We have a cold water shower for use by swimmers as you exit the Swim Zone

Are there toilets?

Toilets are available in the Crystal Building behind the event village.  Shoes and shirts must be worn to enter the building.

Is there car parking available?

Paid parking is available at a number of locations within 10 minutes walk of the venue (ExCel Centre & Crown Plaza Hotel) There are multiple public transport options available.  See TFL.  Bicycle parking is available at the end of the Crystal Building behind the event village.

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