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BLDSA Torbay Senior & Veterans

30 Jun 18

BLDSA Torbay Championship

30th June 2018

Age Categories
Senior and Veteran

(i) £100 (swimmer brings own support)

(ii) £150 (BLDSA supply kayak support)

Swim Wear
Traditional costume only

From 9.30 am - balcony above the cafe. 

10.15 am - balcony above the cafe.

11.00 am - Meadfoot Beach.

From Meadfoot Beach in Torquay across Torbay to Fishcombe Cove (Near Brixham Harbour) where there will be a turnaround bouy. Those doing the full 8 miles will then turn and head back to Meadfoot Beach, where there'll be a yellow finish buoy that you have to touch to complete the swim.
Canoe Support
The BLDSA can supply you with canoe/kyak support or can supply your own (they must have experience of sea conditions).

Conditions of Entry
1. This swim is restricted to fully paid-up junior & senior members of the BLDSA.
2. BLDSA Rules apply to this swim, i.e. only traditional swimming costumes/trunks (must not extend beyond the end of the shoulder onto the upper arm and lower than the crotch onto the upper leg) will be permitted (No wetsuits or body suits). Please see BLDSA website for more details. Caps - Breaststroke swimmers must wear a PINK swimming cap. All other swimmers can wear any colour cap other than white or pink. Note – only one cap may be worn which have no insulating properties.
3. All swimmers must supply their own crew. This must not be an inflatable canoe.  Each crew member must wear a Life jacket/buoyancy aid, a whistle must be available on the boat / kayak and a Flag Alpha must be flown when the swimmer is in the water.
4. That you will declare that if you enter the swim whilst pregnant, you will inform the swim secretary at the earliest possible opportunity, and will provide him/her with a letter from a doctor or midwife confirming your suitability to enter the event. You understand that entry may be refused to pregnant swimmers at the discretion of the swim secretary, following a risk assessment.

Time limit
There will be a time limit of 3 hours to the turn around buoy in Fishcombe Cove and a total limit of 6.5 hours on this swim.

Non UK Residents
Non UK Residents must provide evidence of membership of their governing body or individual insurance for Open Water Swimming.

How to get to there
Meadfoot Beach Cafe, Meadfoot Sea Rd, Torquay TQ1 2LQ

Parking along Meadfoot Sea Rd.

Emergency Safety Cover
Emergency Safety cover will be provided; at a minimum this will include the BLDSA rescue boat.

Changing Facilities
We rent a beach hut which you can use to get change in or there are the public toilets above the cafe.

The presentation will be held on the balcony above the cafe as soon as possible after the last swimmer finishes.

General Information
All persons are advised to report any incidents, including near misses, to a nominated person who shall be named at the championship briefing meeting.
The BLDSA has in place Anti-Bullying and Child/ Vulnerable Adult Policies. Copies of which may be obtained from the BLDSA Hon. Child & Vulnerable Adults Protection Officer.

We can refund entries, but a 20 % administration fee will be charged and less than 2 weeks prior to the event, refunds will only be made in exceptional circumstances.

There are plenty of hotels in Torquay, please visit here for more info; 

André Roberts
Swim Secretary

Websites - Information on all BLDSA events and much more.

The BLDSA hold 16 Championships across country.  They include Loch Lomond and St Mary's Loch in Scotland, Llyn Tegid in Wales and swims at Colwick Park, Dover, Torbay, North Yorkshire, Windermere, Coniston, Ullswater, Derwentwater and Scarborough.


Richard Hardy
Dates and Status

Date: 30/06/2018

Status: Closed

Total Places: 40

Places Available: ??

02 Jun 2017£100.00

To sign-up for this event, the Service Fee is 4% (min 50p) for each sign-up

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