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

Yes of course, you can, in fact we’d love you too. You will obviously need to start training in plenty of time, so come along to the London Royal Docks OWS sessions and take a look at the website for some information about coaching sessions.

Will I need any special equipment?

It is not compulsory to wear a wetsuit for Dock2Dock event. You will need to purchase a tow float if you are entered in the 10k or 5k event. These will be available to purchase for £19.99 when you book your place.

What time does the event start?

Full information regarding registration times and start times will be available in the Race Pack. Start time will be 9.30 with a mandatory event briefing at 9am for all distances

Is a wetsuit compulsory?

Wetsuits are only optional for the Dock2Dock Event. So, it is swimmers choice!

I am scared of open water do I need to have a coached session?

Yes, we would recommend that you do, please see our link to the coaching availabilities. Special coaching sessions for Dock2Dock will be held at London Royal Docks OWS.

Is the water safe to swim in?

Yes it is. NOWCA operates the swimming throughout the year in Victoria Docks and as such the water is tested every two weeks against EU Bathing regulations to ensure the purity is perfect for open water swimming. So you don’t have to worry. 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. Come and try it out for yourself.