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Clean the ocean by swimming – join our ClimateGames challenges

Over the course of June and July, 130 swimmers joined our ClimateGames challenge to support Plastic Free July. Between them, they completed more than 1600 activities, swam a total distance of more than 4000km and accumulated more than 1500 hours in the water. By taking part, they removed more than 40kg of plastic from the ocean – or something like 4000 plastic water bottles.

Check out our Plastic Free July Challenge

In August, we’re running two challenges. The first is a straightforward league – simply record all your swims by distance and see how your swimming compares with others. The second, which runs through until the end of September, is a team event. For our 4-Rivers Challenge, pick a team (the team names are the four longest rivers in England) and record how long you swim for. For this one, it’s time in the water that counts, not distance. Why not join both?

To take part, you need to download the ClimateGames app onto your phone. You can then either record your swims manually or allow the app to connect to your sports watch and update automatically.

Join our August 23 Swim League

Join our 4-Rivers Challenge

Plastic Free July league table standing on 25 July 2023
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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.