FAQs - Henley Swim - Inspirational Swim Events - Open Water Swimming



Who do I speak to if I have specific circumstances or concerns? If you have special circumstances such as a disability or have any concerns about your ability to complete this swim, please contact us at enquiries@henleyswim.com before entering.

Where do I enter? All 2017 events will be open for registration by the end of December 2016. You can either click on the link on the relevant Event information page or go directly to the Entries page, which has links for you to enter the events of your choice.

Am I happy with all this disclaimer stuff? This is our means of telling you there is a risk here and your means of telling us that you are happy with the risks.

Not sure which category to enter? If you have any doubts, or are in any way new to open water swimming we would strongly encourage you to enter the Sporting category with a wetsuit. The traditional/non-wetsuit category is only for experienced open water swimmers – if you do intend to enter this category we would expect you to have carried out a number of open water swims in just trunks or costume and be completely comfortable with the lack of buoyancy and temperature. All swimmers in the Thames Marathon event are required to use a tow-float, available from our online shop, and all non-wetsuit applications are subject to approval.

Should I be aware of any potential medical risks when taking part in one of your events? If you have any known medical condition, (such as diabetes, asthma, allergy to penicillin) please inform us prior to the race in writing. There is a health section on the registration form. Whether you have a medical condition or not, if you feel unwell on race day – don’t race!
All competitors please note: United Kingdom inland waters are not completely safe for swimming, although risks of disease are low and risks of serious infection are minute. A swimmer may be susceptible to infection through immune suppression, particularly if he or she is not in good health at the time of swimming. Be careful entering any open water swim if you are unwell.
Click here to download Henley Swim Medical Information, regarding Weil’s Disease and Hypothermia.

I have entered how will I know if I am in? You will receive an email to confirm your entry. Please check your spam and junk mail folders as these messages are automated.
How will I know what the latest news is on the swim? Please check back regularly as we will be updating the site with all the latest news. You can also find us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter to be updated regularly during the season. We have a swimmers’ forum on Facebook called Henley Swim Chatter which you can join. We will also be sending updates for each event as we get nearer the time.
How will I find you on the day? The Registration area will be clearly marked. Please see the relevant Course Map for your event, which can be found on the Event details page of the website. You will also find this information in the Event Information Pack.
Can I volunteer at your events? We are delighted to receive offers of help on event days. This is an excellent way of seeing things up close, perhaps with a view to taking part next year? Anyone who helps will receive a t-shirt, refreshments and a priority entry in the following year’s event, subject to the conditions of the swim at that time. Please contact enquiries@henleyswim.com for more information.