Salty Sea Dog Long Swims 2020

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All entrants have been emailed options

See you in 2021!

Please email with any queries. 


Enter online pre-event:

  • Individual race - 2.5km - £23.00
  • Individual race - 3.8km - £26.00
  • All 3 dates 2.5km (discounted price) - £60 
  • All 3 dates 3.8km (discounted price) - £70

Enter on the day:

  • Individual - 2.5km - £25
  • Individual - 3.8km - £27 


  • Saturday, 6th June 2020
  • Saturday, 4th July 2020
  • Saturday, 1st  August 2020

Dates subject to license (applied for)

The Overstrand, Boscombe, BH5 1BN - View Location

In its 7th year, the 2020 event will be held at Boscombe beach and is a real must for anyone looking for a slightly more challenging open water swim. This is a series of 3 Long Swim events over the summer season. The Salty Sea Dog Swims will take place near the Urban Reef – a funky and informal bar, café, deli and restaurant, serving fresh, seasonal and local food and drink. 


  • 09:30 - Long Swim registration opens 
  • 10:20 - Long Swim briefings - Held on the start line
  • 10:30 - 3.8km starts
  • 10:35 - 2.5km starts

Although Boscombe is well sheltered there may be a possibility of some surf conditions. Advice from the water safety team will be sought and if necessary the swim may be postponed. Any decision will be made with the swimmers best interest in mind. Any change of plan will be communicated via this web page and via email to all entered participants. 


  • Chip timing to give quick results 
  • Highly visible course marker buoys
  • Free cake and coke at the finish
  • Water safety cover and rescue boat
  • Car parking area above the beach. Pay and display
  • Hot Showers
  • Toilets
  • Male and Female changing rooms
  • Cafe for hot drinks/food at The Urban Reef

Pre-event information pack:

The 2019 Salty Sea Dog event information is available below. 2020 event information may change. This will give you a good overview of the event.  All entrants will be emailed a reminder to read the event information. It is a condition of entry to this event that you participate according to the instructions in the event information. We do not post out information other than via e-mail.   



Prize Categories:
Junior 16 - 19     
Senior 20 - 39     
Vet 40 - 49     
Super Vet 50+ 

Please ensure you select the correct gender and age categories from the drop-down selection when entering the event 

Spectators can get a great view of the action either from the beach or from up on the cliff top. The Urban Reef Beach cafe has an excellent all-weather viewing area of the beach and swim course.  Perfect for spectators and armchair sports enthusiasts!

Both Long Swims will be beach starts between the start flags. The course will be marked by large inflatable marker buoys and a large course map will clearly indicate each course. The course layout is subject to change due to weather conditions. The course takes swimmers approx 400 meters from the shoreline and gives a great view of the coast.    

Event rules:

As part of the entry system to the event all participants agree to the following:   

  • All swimmers will read and adhere to the 'Participant Event Information Pack' (available to download from this event web page approx 2 weeks pre-event date)  
  • All swimmers must wear the issued swim hats during the course of the swim event
  • All swimmers must wear the issued timing chip and return the chip to the registration desk on completion of there swim
  • Swimmers who have retired must not leave the event unless they have handed there timing chip back to the registration desk
  • You may not enter someone else for the swim. Only the person participating in the swim is to complete the entry form and agree to the terms and conditions of the event
  • You may not transfer your entry to another person

Cut off times:  

  • 2.5km - 1hr 30mins  
  • 3.8km - 1hr 50mins  

Swimmers over these times will be collected from the water and returned to shore.

Finishers Medals

If you would like a high-quality finishers medal then please select 'yes' when entering online. 

Your medal will be issued to you just after the finish line.

Votwo is aware that some people want medals and some people don't. We do not want to needlessly produce items that go to waste, hence we have devised this order form. In previous years we have issued free medals to all finishers but the world is changing and we are trying to minimise our environmental impact.

We will have limited spare medals on the day if wish to purchase at the event.

Refunds / transfers:

Please ensure you read and agree to the Votwo events terms and conditions when you enter the event. In brief, the refund policy is as follows:  

Any event entry cancellation received by email to more than 14 days prior to the event date will receive a 50% refund or transfer of entry fee towards another votwo event (£5 transfer fee applies).   

Only emailed cancellations are acceptable. Cancellations made in the 14 days prior to the event start date will not be eligible for any refund or transfer.

For full Votwo T&C's please click here. 





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