Welcome to the Needles Swim in aid of West Wight Sports & Community Centre
Are you are an experienced open water swimmer and looking for a unique challenge? How about swimming through one of the south coasts most iconic landmarks – The Needles!
Due to the challenging conditions of the swim, entries are limited to just 12 swimmers, but if you are chosen it will be an experience you will never forget.
The swim is about 2.3 miles long and, because of the extreme tidal conditions around the lighthouse and the rocks, can only be attempted safely with accompanying kayaks and support vessels at certain times of the tide. Because of the dangerous conditions, our safety precautions have to be rigorous and we can only accept swimmers who can prove they are fast enough and powerful enough to complete the swim within a certain time.
In order to be considered for a place, applicants have to be able to prove that they have completed a cross-Solent swim with either the West Wight Sports & Community Centre or Isle of Wight Samaritans in the last 5 years and complete a witnessed time trial of 130 lengths of a 25 metre pool, plus take part in a timed sea training session organised by the Sports & Community Centre during the summer.
WWSCC is a charity run facility that provides sports, fitness and community services to the people of the West Wight. It is more than just a swimming pool but a real community hub, providing a range of facilities and services focusing on health, fitness, personal growth and development. We are regarded as a community asset. We help people to feel better about themselves – fitter, healthier, more confident and well rounded.
However, we may not be here for much longer. We now rely on ad hoc grants, our commercial income streams and fundraising events such as the Needles Swim, to ensure we can continue to provide essential services to our community. Our huge financial challenge is to find an extra £150,000 a year to fill the gap in funding. The Needles Swim is an important fundraising event for us and since our first event in 2015, has raised over £15,000 for the charity.
The Needles Swim will return in 2018
The Needles Swim is supported by