Eastbourne beach is to host the Big Sea Swim for The Marine Conservation Society (MCS). As Eastbourne’s bathing waters are recommended in the charity’s Good Beach Guide and described as “exceptionally clean”.
Since the event began in 2012 it’s raised over £7,000 for MCS, the UK’s leading marine charity.
The Big Sea Swim is open to swimmers of all abilities who like to do their breast stroke and front crawl away from the confines of the swimming pool! Swimmers can register online for the event on Saturday 12th July to take part in the 1km or sign up for the 3km swim if they’re up for a bigger challenge.
Last year over 50 swimmers took part in the event organised by MCS in conjunction with swim event organiser SwimTrek.
Tori Williams, MCS Community Fundraising Officer, says the Big Sea Swim is a chance to experience a wild swim in clean seas: “In our 2013 edition of the MCS Good Beach Guide, Eastbourne was given ‘recommended’ status which means it has passed stringent water quality tests and as a result is deemed to have excellent bathing water quality. In fact Eastbourne has been recommended for its excellent waters for the last five years on the trot, so the MCS Big Sea Swim is a great opportunity to celebrate Eastbourne’s continuing recommended status.”
Mark Burgess from SwimTrek says Eastbourne is a fantastic location for the Big Sea Swim with a great beach and excellent water quality – perfect for an open water swim. “There is plenty of time to get ready, you can prepare in your local swimming pool or join an outdoor / Triathlon group who train together, as this will give you a safe way to experience the open water. Swimming regularly and building up your swimming distance to slightly more than what you have entered for will boost your confidence, so you can get in, do your best and have fun on the day.’’
Tori Williams says MCS hope swimmers will go the ‘extra mile’ and get family and friends to sponsor them to raise even more money to help the charity continue it’s work protecting UK sea shores and wildlife.
Places are limited so swimmers are urged to visit www.mcsuk.org/swim now to find out more about the event and book a place.