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6:30pm - 8:30pm
Whitwell - The Tower
Rutland Water

Open Water Swim out to the tower in Rutland water's main body.

This is a non competitive midweek open water swim adventure. 

The course is 1km to the tower and 1km back. You have two hours to swim and may complete multiple passes of the course.


Event Date: 18/07/2024

Start time: 6:30pm

Off the water: 8:30pm

Price: £28 Standard Entry 


Extremely limited places available. 

Harbour cafe Whitwell - Main body water tower

Whitwell, Rutland Water: 2km out and back 

Entry Fee includes: 

Swim Hat

Full safety cover

Advanced medical support

Free event parking

Swim float hire

Swimmers must be 14 years old on the day of the swim.

Please be aware that this course is extremely exposed. This event is very weather dependant so please ensure that you're happy with the cancellation policy before entering. On a calm day you'll cruise to the tower no problem. On a rougher day you may turn back at any point on the course. The creek area (first 400m) is generally calm and sheltered and the course will ordinarily become choppier the further you go towards the tower. By all means please swim to where you feel comfortable and experience true open water. Our amazing safety team will be with you the entire time.


The SwimRutland TowerSwim course starts and finishes at the Harbour cafe in Whitwell. 
(the cafe will be open to purchase refreshments)

You'll head out into the mouth of Whitwell creek and the edge of the main body of Rutland Water. From there you will swim directly at the water tower in the middle of the main basin. After completing a U-turn on the south side of the tower you'll head back along the course to the finish line.
The course will be managed by an experience safety crew for two hours. You may complete multiple laps in your 2 hour swim. 
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How to Enter

How to enter: 

Read the terms and conditions of entry, including the swim cancellation agreement. Follow the links to the entry system.

Agree to the terms and conditions and our refund and transfer policy

Inform us of any medical information that might be relevant.

Submit the relevant fee.

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Carefully read your event guide the week before the swim.

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Pre event procedure:

Carefully read the swim guide prior to the race

Please ensure you are happy and familiar with our cancellation policy. The course takes place on an exposed course with a risk of cancellation in strong winds or extreme weather.


Please note the temperature ranges before entering the event. 

15.9c and under = wetsuit compulsory
16c and above = wetsuit optional in all distances
23c = Advisory Non-wetsuit for 2km
24c = Advisory Non-wetsuit for 4km+


If the water temperature does not reach 16c, this will be a wetsuit compulsory event. Please consider this when entering. There will be no transfers or refunds made because of the wetsuit policy. 


The upper limit is discretional. We advise that you don't wear a wetsuit above these temperatures but acknowledge not everyone is here to swim as fast as possible and might require the extra warmth.

The policy has been agreed with the lake owners using industry best practice and our collective knowledge of the venue. Temperatures will be adhered to; no exceptions will be made. Unfortunately, we cannot make additional allowances for experience or preference. We appreciate your continued understanding.

Historic Water temperatures for the TowerSwim

18c in 2021

20.5c in 2022

18.5c in 2023


Swim floats are compulsory for this event 

They are designed to make you visible without impeding your natural swimming stroke.

We loan our swim floats for free to all competitors. No need to book, no need to make any arrangements.

They will be ready to collect on the evening of SwimRutland TowerSwim. 

We believe that they offer our swimmers the best possible safety during our event.  

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