A Swim to Remember

This year is the centenary of the end of World War One. To commemorate the anniversary, Swim on the Wild Side have got together with the WE REMEMBER THEM 1918-2018 campaign to organise something very special called SWIM TO REMEMBER.

On 11/11/18 they will commemorate the sacrifice made by our armed forces in World War One, and subsequent conflicts, by holding A Swim to Remember in Derwentwater, in Britain’s Lake District.

One hundred years after the signing of the Armistice, one hundred swimmers will enter the water and assemble in silence whilst The Last Post rings out over the stillness of Derwentwater. Then the swimmers will pay tribute to all those who made the ultimate sacrifice by swimming in silence for a thousand metres in the chilly November water wearing specially made poppy swim caps.

It promises to be a very moving day – an opportunity for the swimming community to get together to remember them in this centenary year.

Swimmers must be able to swim 1km in winter temperatures of <10°C. The swim is expected to last about 1¾ hours between: 10:30 – 12:15.

There is no charge for the swim, but swimmers are expected to make a donation of at least £10.00 and take part in further fundraising activities to help reach the collective £1,000 target for the two supported charities: The Royal British Legion and HorseBack UK. 

If you’re interested in joining the swim see:

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I created Outdoor Swimmer in 2011 (initially as H2Open Magazine) as an outlet for my passion for swimming outdoors. I've been a swimmer and outdoor swimmer for as long as I remember. Swimming has made a huge difference to my life and I want to share its joys and benefits with as many people as possible. I am also the author of Swim Wild & Free: A Practical Guide to Swimming Outdoors 365 a Year and I provide one-to-one support to swimmers through Swim Mentoring.