SwimTrek are pleased to present the 2019 1.5km Swim Round the Pier in association with Paddle Round the Pier and Brighton Tri Club! Join us at the 23rd Paddle Round the Pier as we enjoy a summer dip to kick off the weekend’s activities!

This fun sea swim 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. This is a great introduction to sea swimming, so come and take part to see how fast you can go or just to enjoy the view of the beach from the sea! Kick off your weekend in the best way possible; with a refreshing sea swim and a bit of light-hearted competition!

The 1.5km 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.


  • Late Entry Fee: £35


The check-in for the swim is at the Swim Trek stand next to main registration in Paddle Village on Hove Lawns (BN3 2PE). 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.

  • 7:30am: Check-in opens

  • 9:00am: Check-in closes

  • 9:15am: Briefing starts

  • 9:30am: 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.

Detailed 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 start at the Paddle Village, a short walk from the registration tent and will finish off with a stunning ending at the West Pier. This year, swimmers will swim the course in reverse due to the tide times on the day


If you want to take on a bigger swim, why not consider the Bri Tri Palace to Paddle 2.5K Swim, which will see you past the Brighton Palace Pier, the i360 and the West Pier, finishing at the Paddle Village.



SwimTrek are based in Hove and are the market leaders and pioneers of open water swimming holidays. Launched in 2003, SwimTrek has grown from offering trips to a few select locations in the Mediterranean and the British Isles, to running trips across Europe and constantly expanding to include destinations such as North America and the Caribbean, the Middle East, the Indian Ocean and Asia. It continues to be the world’s leading open water swimming specialist and welcomes all levels of open water swimmers and uses highly trained guides and expert local pilots. SwimTrek also produces swim events, swim coaching and tailor-made open water experiences.


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 not wetsuit categories for 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 Registration in Paddle Village.

A bag for shoes will be provided on the beach. This will be transported to the finish to enable you to make the short walk back. Shoes left in this way are done so at the owners risk, so please don't bring your favourite Manolo slingbacks.

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 are 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.