What is the River Arun Swim?

Our River Arun swim gives you the chance to soak up the English countryside in rural Sussex with a complimentary breakfast, beautiful summer swim on the river Arun and then an optional celebratory post-swim meal at a local pub (at own expense).

I've never swum outside before, is it right for me?

You don’t need to be a strong swimmer to take part in this event but should be comfortable swimming two miles in the pool which is roughly 128 lengths of a 25 metre pool or 64 lengths of a 50 metre pool.

The swim is just over four miles long and tidally-assisted, which sounds daunting if you’re used to a pool, but means that the distance will feel easier than it would in a lake or in the sea. You will be able to see the bank at all times, there will be ‘get out’ points along the river, plus support boats to assist should you need them. You will be part of a small group (up to 20 swimmers maximum) completing this event so help will constantly be available to you should you need it.

If you are unsure whether or not this event is right for you get in touch with our swim guru Andrew for an informal chat.

Can I swim any stroke?

Yes you are welcome to swim any stroke but it would be best to swim front crawl as a preferred stroke rather than breaststroke.

Are wetsuits compulsory?

No but if you intend swimming without a wetsuit, your training should also be without a wetsuit. 

Do I have to do any training before the swim?

Yes, you will need to prepare for this event. You should have practised swimming in open water and should have practised swimming in water that is not clear (i.e you won’t be able to see the bottom).

I don’t own a wetsuit. Do I have to buy one?

No, you can rent a wetsuit – have a look at www.mywetsuithire.co.uk.

Are there lockers to store my clothes and valuables?

We will be able to leave bags in the minibus/team cars, however we advise you leave any particularly valuable items at home or in your own car. 

Is there parking?

Yes, parking is available at the meeting point. 

Does the swim happen if the weather is bad?

The swim will take place whether or not the weather is bad unless there has been excessive rainfall, which can cause the river to swell to dangerous levels. Lightning would also mean we have to cancel the swim. We will make all necessary steps to inform you prior to the swim in the unlikely event of a cancellation. 


Still unsure? Email Andrew for more information about the event.

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