Frequently Asked Questions

The Event
What is the equivalent of my challenge in pool lengths?
KM Miles Lengths (25m pool)
5 3.1 200
2.5 1.6 100
1.5 0.9  60
What are the rules?

Click here to view the Swimathon rules.

Can I get any training advice?

It is very important to train before taking part in any sporting event. Please visit the training pages for further information.

Where is Swimathon held?

Swimathon 2015 will be held in over 600 pools across the UK over one weekend: 17-19 April.

If your local pool is not taking part, you can enter SimplySwim. Held between the 9-19 April, SimplySwim lets you choose your pool and raise money for a challenge the whole family can get involved with.

What challenges are available?
Swimathon 2015 is designed to suit all levels of fitness, ability and age…

Individual distances:

  • 1.5km. A great target for the novice swimmer to aim for. If you fancy working your way up to 60 lengths of a 25m pool whilst raising some much needed fundraising cash then this is the challenge for you!  
  • 2.5km. If you’re looking to go to great lengths to get sponsored, then 100 lengths of a 25m pool is for you. Get ready to make some fundraising waves! 
  • 5km. Not for the faint hearted! This is the longest distance challenge for the serious swimmers out there. Expect lots of sponsors because completing 5km will leave everyone, including you, breathless.
  • SimplySwim lets you choose your own pool and raise money for a challenge the whole family can get involved with.

Team distances:

  • 1.5km. Take on 60 lengths of a 25m pool as part of a team with your friends and family. Tell everyone you know and then watch your sponsorship total come along swimmingly.
  • 5km. Round up your water-loving friends and take on the ultimate distance together. Then lap up the sponsorship money and the glory of completing your challenge.  
How do I know what speed to register myself/team under?
Here's a rough guide to help when entering your Swimathon speed...

Distance
Slow
Medium
Fast
1.5km
1.5hrs+ 1hr sub 30mins
2.5km
2hrs+ 1.5hrs

sub 1hr

5km
2.5hrs+ 2hrs sub 1.5hrs



Will I receive a medal?

All swimmers will receive a medal for completing their challenge. Those taking part in an organised Swimathon session will receive their medal immediately after their swim. Those taking part in SimplySwim will be sent a medal via post.

Is there an age limit?

Swimathon welcomes all ages and abilities!* It doesn't matter if you can swim one length or two hundred, Swimathon has the challenge for you

* Under-16s must be entered and accompanied by an adult.

*Under- 8s are not able to take part in Swimathon at the London Aquatics Centre

How long will I have to complete my swim?
Participants and teams will have 3 hours to complete their swim no matter what distance they have signed up for. Please liaise with the pool you have registered with if you have any queries around completing your swim under the 3 hour time slot.
Will I receive a certificate?

All swimmers will be able to download their personal certificates from their Swimmer Login after the event.

If I do not want to swim, can I still get involved?
The great thing about Swimathon is that you don't even have to get wet to get involved!

Many pools require volunteers to log laps and cheer, support and encourage their swimmers. If you know someone who's swimming, get in contact with their pool and volunteer your services!
Registration
How much does it cost to register?

 Entry Type*  Standard Entry Fee Concession** 
 Individual 1.5k  £12  £9
 Individual 2.5k  £12  £9
 Individual 5k  £12  £9
 Team 1.5k  £26  £19.50
 Team 5k  £26  £19.50

* Applies to Distance Challenges and SimplySwim

** Denotes concessionary price for unemployed, under 16s, disabled, full-time students and senior citizens aged 60 years and above. For team concessions, the majority (over half) must fall into one of these categories to qualify for the concessionary price. Teams are not separated into age specific categories.

How do I register?

Click here to enter Swimathon 2015. You will be directed to the Swimathon website, where our online registration form should only take you 10 minutes.

When does registration close?

Swimmer registration for Swimathon 2015 closes at 11:59pm on Wednesday 15th April.

Which credit/debit cards do you accept?

Swimathon accepts Mastercard, Maestro/Switch, Visa and Visa Debit.

I can't attend any of the sessions at my local pool...
You can still take on one of the specified distances with SimplySwim! SimplySwim allows you to swim one of the set distances at any location of your choice between 9th and 19th April. Choose this option at the bottom of this page if you are unable to attend an organised Swimathon session. This challenge must be completed in one session.

I'd like to swim more than once over different days...
You are more than welcome to swim in as many organised Swimathon sessions as you wish over the event weekend. For each place that you require, you will need to create a new registration, paying the entry fee for each place. We then suggest that you only use one of your fundraising pages when sending your link out for sponsorship. You can mention in your 'personal message' that you are taking on more than one challenge.
I can no longer take part in the event. Will I get my money back?
The entry fee for Swimathon 2015 is non-refundable and non-transferable.
Can I change from an individual to a team registration and vice versa?
As stated in the Terms and Conditions, if you have registered as an individual entry, it is not possible to change this to a team entry. You will need to re-register as a team and contact Swimathon to cancel your individual entry. If you have registered as a team entry, it is not possible to change this to an individual entry. You will need to re-register as an individual and contact the Swimathon team to cancel your team entry. A refund will not be given for your first entry.
Fundraising
Where does the money go?
Marie Curie will receive at least 70% of the total funds raised by Swimathon. The Swimathon Foundation will receive the balance of the funds raised by the Swimathon participants which it uses to fund its operating expenses as the owner of the Swimathon Event and to offer Swimathon Foundation Community Grants to promote swimming participation in communities around Swimathon hosted pools
Who are Marie Curie?
Marie Curie is the leading charity providing care and support to people with any terminal illness, in the community or in one of its nine hospices. The charity it best known for its army of more than 2,000 Marie Curie Nurses who give free hands-on care to people with all terminal illnesses, and vital emotional support to their loved ones.

If I qualify for a reward, when will I receive it?
If you qualify for a reward* you will received it by 30 July 2015.

How do I set up a Giving Page for Swimathon?
When you enter Swimathon online, we’ll give you your very own Swimathon Giving Page. We promise to email you as soon as you can log in to your page and start getting sponsored online. In the meantime you can also download a sponsorship form* to start collecting sponsors now in person, which you will be able to pay in online via your Swimathon Giving Page when they are up and running. If your child is fundraising and you would like to download them a sponsor form, log in to their Giving Page.

* Please note that only online fundraising through a Swimathon Giving Page is counted towards your qualification for a fundraising reward
How can I get sponsored for Swimathon using my Giving Page?
We’re putting the finishing touches to your online Swimathon Giving Page and promise to email you as soon as you can log in to your page and get fundraising. In the meantime you can check out our fundraising ideas and download a sponsorship form* to start collecting sponsors now in person, which you will be able to pay in online via your Swimathon Giving Page when they are up and running. If your child is fundraising and you would like to download them a sponsor form*, click here

* Please note that only online fundraising through a Swimathon Giving Page is counted towards your qualification for a fundraising reward
Where can I get hold of a sponsorship form?
If you are taking part in Swimathon and want to collect money in person, just click on this link to download your sponsorship form*. Don’t forget that you can pay in any cash you have collected into your Swimathon Giving Page when they are up and running using a credit or debit card. If your child is fundraising and you would like to download them a sponsor form*, click here

* Please note that only online fundraising through a Swimathon Giving Page is counted towards your qualification for a fundraising reward
Where can I get fundraising tips to help me raise more money?
You can find loads of tips to make your fundraising quick, easy and effective right here.
Are there any fundraising rewards?
Yes!  Fundraise £100+ for an exclusive Swimathon 2015 t-shirt or £300+ for an exclusive Swimathon 2015 t-shirt and towel.*

Team fundraising is based on raising an average of £100+ per team member for t-shirts and an average of £300+ per team member for t-shirts and towels. Terms and conditions apply.

* Fundraising must be with the Swimathon by 31 June 2015. Please note that only online fundraising is counted towards your qualification for a fundraising reward
Pools
I'd like to enter my pool to Swimathon 2015...

Swimathon 2015 pool recruitment has now finished, but registration for 2016 will open around September.

To add your pool/centre to the contact list - please email the Swimathon team on info@swimathon.org.

Alternatively, if you would like to promote SimplySwim challenge at your pool (which may help boost visits to your centre), then please contact the Swimathon team to request posters.

Contact

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You are likely to find the answer to your question in our FAQs. If the answer is not there, please contact us by:

Email: info@swimathon.org
Phone: 0845 36 700 36
Post: Swimathon, PO Box 4500, London W1A 7LF

Please note, office hours are from 9am to 5.30pm, Monday to Friday, excluding bank holidays.