The Great Swims are the UK's most popular open water swims and provide a fantastic opportunity to swim outdoors in historic and scenic locations across the UK, whilst raising money for Aspire.

The Great Swims aim to make the challenge of open water swimming safe, fun and accessible to all. There’s a swimming challenge to suit all abilities, with distances including half a mile, one mile, two miles and 5km. So whether it’s your first taste of open water swimming, or you’re looking for your next adventure, there’s an open water swimming challenge for everyone.

2018 swims

Great North Swim Windermere, Lake District - Friday 8th to Sunday 10th June

Great East Swim Alton Water, Suffolk - Saturday 23rd June

Great Scottish Swim Loch Lomond -  Saturday 25th August

Each Great Swim takes place in a safe and supervised environment. It's not a race, so it's up to you whether you want to do breaststroke whilst chatting to a friend, or front crawl your way to a fast time.

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If you would like to take part in one of our 2018 Great Swims email Andrew on [email protected].