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•   General
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 the Swimathon held?

The Swimathon 2014 will be held in over 600 pools across the UK over one weekend.

If your local pool is not taking part, you can enter SimplySwim. Whether it’s one of our set distance challenges or a few lengths with your family, SimplySwim lets you set your own distance, choose your own pool and raise money for a challenge the whole family can get involved with.

What challenges are available?
The Sainsbury’s Sport Relief Swimathon challenges are 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. Whether it’s one of our set distance challenges or a few lengths with your family, SimplySwim lets you set your own distance, 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.  
  • SimplySwim Team. Form your own SimplySwim team, choose your distance and raise that sponsorship cash. Flipping brilliant!


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, the Swimathon has the challenge for you

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

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  £11  £6
 Individual 2.5k  £11  £6
 Individual 5k  £11  £6
 Team 1.5k  £25  £20
 Team 5k  £25  £20

* 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 the Swimathon 2014. You will be directed to the Sport Relief website, where our online registration form should only take you 10 minutes.

When does registration close?

Swimmer registration for the Swimathon 2014 closes at 11:59pm on Wednesday 19th March.

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, or a distance of your choice, with SimplySwim! SimplySwim allows you to swim one of the set distances at any location of your choice between 13th and 23th March. 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 the Swimathon 2014 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.
•   Teams
What is the maximum number of team members I can have in my team?
Teams consist of 2-5 members. All members must be registered in order to participate and receive their medals and certificates.
How does swimming in a team work on the day of our challenge?
Team challenges are swam in relay format, where one swimmer will enter the pool to swim their share of the distance, before allowing the next team member to do so, and so on. Teams can divide the distances each swimmer takes on how they like, as long as each team member only swims once.
•   Fundraising
What is Sport Relief
As one of the UK’s biggest fundraising events, Sport Relief brings the entire nation together to get active, raise cash and change lives. The money raised by the public is spent by Comic Relief to help people living incredibly tough lives, both at home in the UK and across the world.
If I qualify for a reward, when will I receive it?
If you qualify for a reward* you will received it by 30 June 2014.

How do I set up a Sport Relief Giving Page for the Swimathon?
When you enter the Swimathon online, we’ll give you your very own Sport Relief 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 Sport Relief 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 Sport Relief Giving Page is counted towards your qualification for a fundraising reward
How can I get sponsored for the Swimathon using my Giving Page?
We’re putting the finishing touches to your online 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 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 Sport Relief 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 the 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 Sport Relief 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 Sport Relief Giving Page is counted towards your qualification for a fundraising reward
When will I get my Sainsbury's Sport Relief Swimathon Sponsorship Pack?
When you enter the Swimathon, you’ll automatically get sent a Sponsorship Pack filled with useful bits and bobs about the Swimathon that you have entered. Packs will arrive in January, but in the meantime you can download a sponsorship form* to start collecting sponsors now. 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 Sport Relief 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 2014 t-shirt or £300+ for an exclusive Swimathon 2014 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 May 2014. 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 2014...

Swimathon 2014 pool recruitment has now finished, but registration for 2015 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 the SimplySwim challenge at your pool (which may help boost visits to your centre), then please contact the Swimathon team to request posters.

•   The Swimathon Foundation
What is the Foundation?
The Swimathon Foundation is a company limited by guarantee and a registered charity that owns the assets comprising the Swimathon fundraising event which includes: intellectual property, commercial rights, data and confidential information. In addition, The Swimathon Foundation offers grants to encourage swimming in the community.

The Swimathon Foundation has delegated the organisation, operation, management and promotion of the Swimathon event to its appointed event management company, Limelight Sports Ltd.
Who is the Foundation?
The Swimathon Foundation has four Trustees: Anthony Kendall (Chairman), Philip Stinson, Ralph Riley and Graham Batterham.
How is the Foundation funded?
The Foundation will receive 30% of the funds raised by Swimathon participants this year, up to £2.7million, and 15% thereafter, in order to fund its operating expenses including offering Swimathon Foundation Grants to promote swimming participation in the community. The other percentage is used by the chosen charity beneficiary (Sport Relief). See the History and Role section of this website for further details.
How do I know if I am eligible for a grant?
In the past the Foundation has supported many community groups including: swimming clubs, youth groups, clubs for the elderly, clubs for the disabled and healthy living groups but we are interested in hearing about new schemes and organisations that may benefit from the grant.

You do need to be associated with and have the support of a Swimathon 2013 pool.

For full eligibility details, please see the Application Guidance Notes and Criteria
How do I apply for a Swimathon Community Grant?
All applications are submitted using the online application form. If you would like to apply for a Swimathon Community Grant click here
When will I find out if my grant application has been successful?
The successful grant recipients will be notified by email week commencing 17th June 2013.
What will my ‘referee’ be asked once my grant application is submitted?
All referees named in the application may be contacted to provide further information and verification in support of your grant application. Please note that it is not guaranteed that a referee will be contacted - it is only in the instance that further endorsement of your proposed project is needed that this will happen.
What happens if my application is unsuccessful?
The unsuccessful grant recipients will be notified by email week commencing 17th June 2013.
If I am unsuccessful does my application roll on to the next round?
Your application will not automatically roll on to the next round if you are unsuccessful. If you wish to apply for the next round you will need to reapply online when dates of the next round are announced.
How do charities become a beneficiary Charity of Swimathon?
The competitive selection process is by invitation only and the choice of charity is the decision of the Trustees. The charity beneficiary for Swimathon 2013 is Marie Curie Cancer Care, whilst the beneficial charity for the Swimathon 2014 is Sport Relief. The selection process for future beneficiary charities is currently in progress and an announcement will be made when completed.
What is The Swimathon Foundation’s Charity Number?
The Swimathon Foundation is a charity registered at the Charities Commission, no.1123870.

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Sport Relief is an initiative of Comic Relief, registered charity 326568 (England/Wales); SC039730 (Scotland). The Swimathon Foundation, registered charity 1123870
* Terms apply. For full details, visit our terms and conditions