Frequently Asked Questions

K Miles Lengths (25m pool)
5 3.1 200
2.5 1.6 100
1.5 0.9  60

Click here to view the Swimathon rules.

It is very important to train before taking part in any sporting event. Visit the training page for training tips from Duncan Goodhew, 10 Week Training Plans and 5 Week Training Plans.

Swimathon is held in over 600 pools across the UK.

Swimathon is designed to suit all levels of fitness, ability and age…

Individual distances:

  • 1.5k. A great challenge for novice swimmers or those who prefer to push their speed on shorter distances. If you fancy working your way up to 60 lengths of a 25m pool, whilst raising some serious fundraising cash, then this is for you.
  • 2.5k. If you’re looking to go to great lengths to get sponsored, then 100 lengths of a 25m pool is for you. So jump in and make some proper fundraising waves.
  • 5k. This is the ultimate Swimathon challenge. It takes dedication, commitment and a good training programme to complete 5K. And, because 200 lengths of a 25m pool will leave everyone, including you, breathless, your efforts will be rewarded with lots of sponsorship. 
  • Individual SimplySwim. Whether it’s one of our set distances, a few lengths, the 33kms of the English Channel, or somewhere in-between, SimplySwim lets you decide. Just pick a distance, time and venue that suit you best to get involved with Swimathon and raise money.

Team distances:

  • 1.5k. Take on 60 lengths of a 25m pool in a relay with your friends, family or colleagues. Tell everyone you know and then watch your sponsorship total come along swimmingly.
  • 5k. Round up your water-loving friends and take on 200 lengths of a 25m pool together. Then lap up the sponsorship money and the glory.
  • Team SimplySwm. Form your own SimplySwim squad, choose your distance and raise that sponsorship cash. Flipping brilliant!
Here's a rough guide to help when entering your Swimathon speed...

1.5hrs+ 1hr sub 30mins
2hrs+ 1.5hrs

sub 1hr

2.5hrs+ 2hrs sub 1.5hrs

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.

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. Unfortunately, under-8s are not able to take part at the London Aquatics Centre.

Individual swimmers and teams will have 3 hours to complete their Swimathon challenge no matter which distance they have signed up for. If you have any queries around completing your swim in under 3 hours please liaise with the pool directly.

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

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!

Unfortunately registration for Swimathon 2016 pools is now closed.

If you would like to promote the SimplySwim challenge at your pool for Swimathon 2016, which may help boost visits to your centre, please contact the Swimathon Team on to request marketing materials.



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

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.