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Solent Swim

Saturday 29 August 2020

The Solent Swim is one of the main fundraising events for the Centre and since our first event in 2010, more than 400 people have swum the Solent and raised over £200,000 for the charity.

Entries for the 2020 swim are now CLOSED. We remain optimistic that the swim will go ahead within the current COVID restrictions. 

We need kayakers and safety boats! Please sign up if you’re able to help

Event Details

Solent Swim Date: Saturday 29 August 2020 (reserve date of Sunday 30 August)

Cost: £25 non-refundable deposit and £250 minimum sponsorship

Entries: Full details and the application form can be found above or from the West Wight Sports & Community Centre Reception. Please complete this and return it along with your deposit to Reception. Application forms can be submitted via post and email and the deposit can be paid over the phone, via cash, cheque or card. 

Minimum Ages: 18yrs 

Swim Route: Hurst Castle to Colwell Bay (1.3 miles)


Spectators: Everyone is welcome to come along on the morning of the swim and cheer our swimmers on, the best time to come along will be confirmed nearer the time. 

Prerequisite Events:

100 Length Swim: Saturday 25 July from 0900. 

Swimmers will be required to provide evidence of their ability to swim 100 lengths in under 90 minutes of West Wight’s 25m Swimming Pool (or equivalent)

Safety and Training Event: Sunday 19 July at 1000 or Tuesday 28 July at 1900

Swimmers are given the opportunity to take part in two Rescue and Recovery Sessions in the sea at Colwell Bay before the event.

Pre-event safety briefing: Friday 28 August at 7.30pm

All swimmers must attend the pre-event safety briefing at West Wight Sports and Community Centre.

Can you help on the day?

We need competant Kayakers plus Safety Support Boats to help keep our swimmers safe for the crossing. If you would like to join us on the day please get in touch on 01983 752168 or complete one of the application forms above. 

Volunteers: If you would like to get involved and help volunteer at this event we would love to hear from you. Please contact our Volunteer Coordinator Wendy on

2019 Photo Gallery

Click Here – Photos by Wight Productions

Highlight Video:

2018 Photo Gallery

Gallery One (Wight Productions) – Click Here

Gallery Two (Susan B Photography) – Click Here

Gallery Three (Adam Tucker Photography) – Click Here 

Highlight Video:

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Please note that our Solent Swim is entirely organised by and in aid of West Wight Sports & Community Centre. We have no association with any third party event organiser.