South coast resort with ‘excellent’ bathing waters to host the second Marine Conservation Society sea swim
Following the success of the first ever Marine Conservation Society (MCS) Big Sea Swim off Eastbourne last year, Eastbourne will again play host to swimmers of all abilities who enjoy doing their breast stroke and front crawl among the waves rather than in the pool. Last years event raised almost £3,000 for the UK’s leading marine conservation charity.
The swim is open to everyone with a 1km swim for beginners and a 3km swim for more experienced sea swimmers. Registration for the 13th July event is £20 for the short course and £25 for the longer distance.
This year it’s hoped the seas will be calm and the weather good and even more than the 53 swimmers who took part in the event in 2012 will get involved on Saturday 13th July 2013.
Eastbourne has been chosen by MCS to host a wild swim because of its ‘excellent’ bathing waters. The event is 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 2012 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 2013 we have made the same recommendations. The MCS Big Sea Swim is open to everyone and is a great opportunity to celebrate Eastbourne’s continuing recommended status.”
Kate Todd, SwimTrek Race Organiser, says the event is still far enough a way for people to get ready: “A good place to start is in your local swimming pool, building up your confidence and swimming a little further than the distance you have entered for. Join an outdoor swimming / triathlon group who train together, as this will give you a safe way to experience swimming outside. If you plan to swim in a wetsuit, get used to it before the event. The most important thing is build confidence, then on the day just get in, do your best and have fun!”
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.