FAQ’s

How long is the swim?

1.5k, 5k and 10k

How much does it cost to enter?

1.5k Early Bird Price – £30.00 + booking fee (limited spaces)

1.5k Regular Price – £35.00 + booking fee

1.5k Junior Price (20 years and under on day of event) – £30.00 + booking fee

5k Early Bird Price – £55.00 + booking fee (limited spaces)

5k Regular Price – £60.00 + booking fee

10k Early Bird Price – £75.00 + booking fee (limited spaces)

10k Regular Price – £85.00 + booking fee

What’s included in the entry price?

Your fee includes entry to the race, swim cap, safety on course, race timing, on course nutrition (for 5k & 10k distances), post race snack and refreshments, a finishers pack and free event photos

What date is the event?

Saturday 12th September, 2020

What is the address?

Love Open Water London Royal Docks, 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.

Why do I need a NOWCA wristband?

Love Open Water London Royal Docks operates under NOWCA safety guidelines which means all participants in the Dock2Dock must wear a NOWCA wristband during the event.  The annual fee for the band is £12 and you can use this to swim at any NOWCA partner venue around the UK.  The band is yours ‘for life’ and if you want to continue using after the first year, just renew your registration.

If you don’t have a wristband, follow these steps:

  1. Create a NOWCA account HERE
  2. Please make sure you use the same email in your NOWCA registration as the one you have used when entering the Dock2Dock
  3. Choose where to pick up your band.  You can choose a NOWCA venue close to you if you will pick up your band prior to race day.  If you will collect on race day, please choose LONDON ROYAL DOCKS as your pick-up location.

Wristbands are not posted.  They must be collected from a NOWCA venue.

What do I do if I’ve lost/broken my NOWCA band?

Pop down to your local NOWCA venue and they can replace or provide you with a new band for a nominal cost

Will I need any special equipment?

All swimmers will need a valid NOWCA safety wristband.

10k & 5k swimmers must use a tow float. These can be purchased when you enter.

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.

How is the race started?

Traditionally the 5k & 10k swimmers have started together in a mass, deep water start followed shortly after by the 1.5k.

Wave starts may be implemented in 2020 depending on final race numbers.  Information regarding start procedure will be included in the event information pack emailed to you at least 2 weeks prior to race day.

We aim to get swimmers in the water quickly, allow for some acclimitization and then set you on your way.  We have a large start area, allowing you to find space for yourself if you don’t want to be in the thick of the field.

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

Are there cut-off times?

The 1.5k will have a cut-off time of 1hr

The 10k will have a loose cut-off time of 4 hours but it is our intention to let all of our 10k swimmers finish as long as it is safe to do so.

As this is a 2 lap course for the 10k, if you have not completed your first lap within 2 hours, you will be unable to head out for the 2nd lap.

Will there be category prizes?

Yes, we will have a number of category prizes which will be announced soon.

Can I swap my distance?

Yes, you can swap your swim distance but you must do this via the EVENT BOOKING SITE no later than Friday 28th August, 2020.  We do not offer refunds for the difference in entry price if you wish to switch to a shorter distance.

Can I transfer my entry?

Race entries for the Dock2Dock are not transferrable

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?

An event information pack will be emailed to you 2 weeks prior to the event.

Collection of your race kit and body marking will happen on event morning.

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.

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.

Can I listen to music on a personal audio player whilst I swim?

Personal audio devices are not permitted during the swim to enable our water safety team to communicate with you easily.

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 are close by) There are multiple public transport options available.  See TFL.  Bicycle parking is available at the end of the Crystal Building behind the event village.

Any other information I need to know?

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