This iconic 2.5km event gives entrants the opportunity to swim past the Brighton Palace Pier, West Pier and the i360 parallel to Hove Lawns, all the while getting a swimmer’s eye view of Brighton’s classic seafront.

The event is open to everyone and full safety cover is provided by the Brighton Surf Life Saving Club (BSLSC) - who better!  However, it's a long way in open water so we expect you to be a reasonably confident swimmer and have at least some exposure to sea swimming before you take part. 


  • Entry Fee: £40


The check-in and start point for the 2.5km swim is on the beach in front of the Brighton Zip on Madeira Drive (BN2 1TB), which is approximately 50m to the east of Brighton Palace Pier. All swimmers will need to present themselves to the check-in before their swim to confirm attendance and to complete the essential course and safety briefings.

  • 5:30am: Check-in opens

  • 6:30am: Check-in closes

  • 6:45am: Briefing starts

  • 7:00am: Swim starts

The safety briefing will be on the beach in the start pen. Please be ready to swim at this time, wetsuits on (if you're using one), all equipment stowed and ready to get in the water.

Joining instructions will be e-mailed to swimmers one week before the event.

Sunday’s contingency check-in and swim times are the same.


Your swim will see you past the Brighton Palace Pier, the i360 and the West Pier and will finish off at the Paddle Village.


If you want to take on a smaller swim, why not consider the SwimTrek Swim Round the Pier, which will see you cover 1.5km and offers the chance to navigate around the iconic, Grade I listed West Pier with the stunning regency seafront of Brighton to look back on.


Sea temperatures

The water temperature in the sea at Brighton in July can range between 14-16°C, which will add to the challenge of this event. As for the air temperature for this time of year, you can expect 18-22°C.


There will be both wetsuit and non-wetsuit categories for both males and females. However, should the sea temperature be deemed unsuitably cold, we will require all competitors to wear a wetsuit.

  • Open Women Nonwetsuit: Any woman over the age of 16 not wearing a wetsuit

  • Open Women Wetsuited: Any woman over the age of 16 wearing a wetsuit

  • Open Men Nonwetsuited: Any man over the age of 16 not wearing a wetsuit

  • Open Men Wetsuited: Any man over the age of 16 wearing a wetsuit


There will be a bag drop at the registration point on the beach. Once the swim starts, bags will be transported to the prom area near the swim exit and Paddle Village. Please look for the Brighton Tri Club feather flags.

We recommend a pair of flip-flops to wear onto the beach.  These will be bundled up and returned to the swim finish at the Paddle Village for you to pick up at the end of your swim. Any items not reclaimed by the end of the swim will be taken to the Information Desk in Paddle Village.

All valuables are left at your own risk. Brighton Tri Club cannot accept any liability for lost or damaged items.


Whilst £12.50 from every entry already goes to support the Paddle round the pier charity, why not consider sponsorship for your swim and raise some extra money. Every little bit helps, and each £5 raised and handed in at the main Paddle Registration will be rewarded with a raffle ticket; there are loads of cool prizes to be won.


There will be a cut-off time for the completion of the swim. This is dependent on weather and tide conditions on the day and will be informed during the briefing. If you are unable to reach the finish line in this time, you will be picked up by a support boat.

All safety decisions made on the water by the safety crew must be respected by all swimmers without question. If you disagree with any decision, please save the discussion until everyone is on dry land.


Paddle Round the Pier, Brighton Surf Life Saving Club, and Brighton Tri Club reserve the right to change/substitute/shorten the course in the event of bad weather. This is to ensure the event runs safely. If the Saturday event is cancelled, there is a backup event scheduled for the Sunday. If both events are cancelled, Brighton Tri Club will provide an automatic 50% refund of entry fees. Refunds are not possible in other circumstances. Significant costs are incurred prior to the event, and it's the nature of an event taking place in the sea that a complete cancellation is possible. As the swim is a non commercial event staffed entirely by volunteers, underwriting a 100% refund would make it impossible to put the event on. We hope swimmers understand, and we hope never to need a cancellation policy.


Substitutions and switches between swims can be made via the entry system up to 9pm on Friday 28th June. There is an additional £10 processing fee for each substitution.  Substitutions on the day are prohibited for safety reasons. Swimmers who wish to switch to a longer distance will also have to pay the difference in cost between the distances.

Terms & Conditions

By entering this event you explicitly agree that you understand that while the event will provide safety cover and support, Brighton Tri Club and Paddle Round the Pier do not take responsibility for your safety and well-being in the water; you hold that responsibility at all times. Please do not swim if you are feeling unwell or under-par on the day of the event.

2018 BRI TRI 2.5K

The 2018 Palace To Paddle 2.5K Swim was a huge success. The combination of perfect weather, an iconic swim, enthusiastic volunteers and Brighton Surf Lifeguards, and not forgetting the amazing swimmers, made the whole event a joy to be involved with as either a participant or a volunteer. Everyone’s commitment helped us raise a significant amount for charity.




Brighton Tri Club is a vibrant 'TriMark BRONZE' accredited triathlon club, based in Brighton & Hove (adults) and in Ringmer (juniors), East Sussex, and catering for adults and children (aged 8yrs to 17yrs) of all abilities and levels of experience in the sport.  In 2015 we were voted the Triathlon England Club of the Year, something that we were, and remain, very proud of having only been formed in 2013.

If you'd like to train with us in 2019, we'd love to see you. All abilities are welcomed, newcomers to seasoned pros!