The water temperature is expected to be 1ºC, but no wetsuits are permitted.
680 swimmers and 70 dippers will take the plunge to compete in 117 separate races including the 30-yards traditional head-up breaststroke, 30m Ice fly, 90m freestyle dash and a Big Splash group jump-in which has attracted 70 hardy dippers. To help competitors recover, there is a sauna, hot tubs, mulled wine, cider, food stalls and entertainment throughout the day.
The UK Cold Water Swimming Championships is organized by the South London Swimming Club and attracts both experienced cold water swimmers and newcomers. The Championships support Crisis, the charity to end homelessness. The Big Splash will be the focus of fundraising and the perfect introduction for newcomers to the sport.
There is a highly-prized hat competition for the ‘head up’ breastroker with the most outlandish and imaginative swimming cap in Tooting Bec Lido, the largest open-air, unheated fresh-water pool in the UK that hosts the event every two years.
Event schedule is posted here:
9:00 – Opening ceremony and jump-in for Crisis
9:15 – First race 90m freestyle
10:15 – 30m ice fly
10:45 – 30m freestyle
12:00 – Head up breaststroke and best hat competition
13:15 – Jump in again for Crisis
13:20 – Award ceremony – 90m freestyle and ice fly
14:00 – Team relays
15:30 – Award ceremony – 30m races, relays and best hat
16:15 – Raffle draw
16:30 – Close
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